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    In 1965, I had three photographs stolen off the wall of the art department at San Francisco State.

    I had a piece (photo etched metal fabricated piece with a lock of Ken Cory's hair hanging out of it -- Ken was one of the more interesting and best jewelers of the 20th Century) from the Seattle Art Museum's Rental shop.

    I lost a Turner Reich triple convertible lens that I left briefly unattended on a pile of dogfood in a grocery store when shooting a friends engagement portrait (he was a checker).

    My garage in Tacoma WA was broken into in 1995 and my tools were stolen. I had a house in the hilltop area, which at the time was really a high crime area.

    I lost a Linhof Technica III which was "borrowed" and never returned by a fellow named H*** Foster who was a student at Shoreline Community College near Seattle Washington in the mid 1990's. I haven't seen that b*****d for more than a decade now. I had given him a great deal, including a clarinet, and that is what I got back. With it were a Goerz Dagor 150mm, a Schneider Angulon 90mm, and an f/4.7 Ektar.

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    I had purchased my first brand new camera. Canon Rebel G. Wonderfully light compact camera. I shot maybe 3 rls of film with it. Went to work, returned home. Police @ my door. Whatz up. Neigbors called the police when they noticed some suspicios people around my place. The first place I went to my hiding spot where I was sure know one would check (WRONG )They they go through your place they really do a number. My other stuff was at my work or in my drkrm. It was behind a room divider which when moved reveals the spot. GONE never found by police or me. I never keep all of my "toys" all in one place.
    So I never bought a new one again. Just lots of used ones. Someone would have to steal 2 or 3 to make up the price of 1. (It's worked fine so far)
    I have been very satisfied with the quantity of equipment I have now maybe not the quality. So maybe it was one of the good outcomes of the deal.
    Last edited by dances_w_clouds; 01-28-2009 at 02:37 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I had my car broken into in Corwall in 2000. I lost a Canon T70 and Canon FTb. With the insurance money I bought Canon 35-70 zoom lens and negotiated a free T70 (rought but functional) as well.

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    Another crime victim-

    Look what happened to this poor guy in L.A. recently- http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac...006266767.html
    "A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of this idea." Man Ray

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    My Rodenstock Imagon 250 mm kit was stolen from a friend's (badly locked) studio who borrowed the lens. I never got a compensation from the insurance because "it was my property that was stolen in foreigner's workplace" (sic) I still feel bad about it.
    "...If you can not stand the rustle of the leafs, then do not go in to the woods..."
    (freely translated quote by Guido Gezelle)

    PS: English is only my third language, please do forgive me my sloppy grammar...

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    Yep, had two Mamiya's a C3 & C33 + two lenses, a pair of Chinon CE-4's with power winders and about 6 lenses all Vivitar S1 or similar quality stolen in the early 80's from my studio. Took some arm twisting to get the insurance company to pay out.

    Ian

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    Always having dreams of my equipment being stolen but then I wake up and realize it was only a dream (wonder what freud would say about that!). Never had any piece of equipment ever stolen in real life, and that comes with carrying stuff into a lot of dangerous places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epatsellis View Post
    A complete 4x5 and 8x10 outfit loaned to a friend, including a B&J 8x10 Commercial (refinished in satin black lacquer), 305 Ilex Caltar, 355 G-Claron, a 165 Angulon and a brand new Toyo 45F and 180 Apo-Sironar, holders, darkroom equipment, you name it. He refuses to return it, and it took me several years to get it all replaced.
    You didn't take him to court?

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    About 25 years ago we were burglarized. I lost a Linhof 4x5 camera with 5 lenses, Linhof Tech 70 with 4 lenses, high end stereo equipment, and a few other odds and ends. To add insult to injury, the insurance adjuster "depreciated" the stereo equipment to practically nothing, and from a $20,000 loss I received about $14,000. I replaced the 4x5 system with a Tech V and 4 lenses, and bought my first Leica M4-2 and two lenses with the rest. I might have bought a Rollei 2.8F TLR as well, but I'm not sure. Never replaced the stereo.
    Eddy McDonald
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    Eschew defenestration!

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    I once didn't have something stolen....
    Managed to leave a pretty good SMC Pentax lens on a wall in Redruth, Cornwall. When I came back several hours later it was still there, so either a) no-one saw it, b) Redruth folk are honest or c) anyone who saw it had a Nikon or Canon system!

    Steve

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