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Old 04-23-2008
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Major Loss!

While this may not apply to the majority of you, some of the Sailnet members may be in my area or have relatives in my area.

MAJOR LOSS!


Yesterday, I was planning a shoot at a wild game ranch located near me. I live in a little Rocky Mountain town (pop. 308), great neighbors, everyone leaves there homes unlocked, in case the neighbor needs a cup of sugar or whatnot. It’s the kind of town if you want to get, you have to know how and want to get here. I loaded my gear in the back seat of my truck, went back in my house, finished getting ready to go, about 45 minutes, locked up the house, got in the truck, looked behind me to back out of the driveway and all of my gear was gone! My truck was parked 15’ from my front deck! The local police say there is little chance of recovery, as we have many transient oil field workers through here and western Colorado has a major Meth problem. My insurance company told me that because the equipment is considered business/professional equipment and was not being used at a business/professional location, it would be valued under my deductible of $500, WHAT!
So someone, in a few seconds time wiped out my ability to earn a living.


What really sucks, is that next Wednesday, I was leaving for 3 weeks in Mexico, partly vacation, but also to shoot for submission to various websites, can you say, no pay day?


What I’d like to ask is, if any of you who may be in an area close to me, happen to notice anyone with high-end new Canon or nearly new Canon photo gear please contact me, this stuff is not what a normal hobbyist photographer uses.


Camera #1 - Canon EOS 5D w/battery grip
Camera #2 - Canon EOS 20D w/battery grip


Camera #3 - Bonica underwater camera and flash


6 – 4 GB CF Cards
4 – 2 GB CF Cards


1 - Canon Remote Switch


1 - Canon 580 EX w/ transmitter
1 - Canon MR 14 EX Ring Flash
1 – Metz 45CL-4 Handle mount flash with battery and charger


3 - Tiffen Filter kits


Bogen Mono Pod


2 – Bogen Tri-pods


Canon Lenses

EF-S 17-55 mm
EF-S 60 mm Macro
EF 70-300 Telephoto
EF 28 mm wide angle
EF 70-200 mm f 2.8 IS USM
EF 2X II Teleconverter
EF 135 mm f/2
Sigma Fisheye 15 mm f/2.8


Cameras #4 and #5 - 2 - Sony HDR HC5 Camcorders and batteries.


1 – Pelican 1544 wheeled camera case, Silver
1 – Pelican 1524 hardcase, Silver
1 – Canon Backpack camera case, green and black
1 – larger Blue Canvas Bag, 48”X18”X24”.

Thanks for your help,
Kevin
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Be even better if you post the serial numbers to said equipage. And make the rounds of all the pond shops in your area also.
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Kevin,
That really lowers one's faith in mankind - so sorry to hear of your loss and hope you at least recover some of your gear.

Perhaps you should post this in the Lessons Learned thread.
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Sorry you got ripped off. That really sucks... You might want to search eBay or Craigslist for your gear. You might get lucky.
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That is a LOT of money. Sorry to hear about it.
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you might want to post on canonites.com or fred miranda. if it was transients you may want to check pawn shops locally and a few towns away.
can you claim it under your homeowners policy as stolen property from your residence?
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sorry guy....ain't insurance compannies great

I had the same thing happen to me a couple years back.....all my surveying gear stolen from my rig in Billings Montana....my business insurance had some lame excuse & wouldn't cover it . Oddly enough they said I had to have " marine rider " to cover it . Why have insurance ??? You pay....they bail if anything happens .
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Sorry for your loss. unfortunately, Insurance companies are fine as long as the money is coming in
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Sorry to hear about your recent loss. Devastating wouldn't begin to describe it, I'm sure. I hope you are able to recover your gear.

My old car broken into before and I found out that "personal"/"business" property losses incurred by theft from the vehicle are usually covered by homeowner's (or renter's) insurance. Actual damage to the car and attached towed trailer items are covered by auto insurance. I don't know how business insurance works though.
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I know how you feel - it's like a kick to the stomach. Four years ago I left our house for a business meeting returning a few hours later to a front door kicked in and the place ransacked including my laptop with all my work.

In addition to checking the pawnshops, you might also put an alert out to the camera shops in your general area. I also like the idea of watching Craigslist, etc.

Regarding insurance companies, was it Mark Twain who wrote they are eager to rent you an umbrella as long as they can ask for it back when it rains.
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