If you’ve found your way to this post through a Google search, some asshole has probably just stolen your camera. My sincere condolences. The good news is there are numerous ways to help you recover your gear! How do I know this? I’m sorry to say, through my own excruciating experience. I recently had a Nikon D700 and an attached 80-200mm f/2.8 lens stolen – seemingly during the millisecond or so my eyes closed as I blinked – from a table I was seated at in the lobby of the Long Beach Convention Center. Fortunately, my insurance didn’t have a clause excluding blinking, so I was covered. I was cheap with my insurance, thinking nothing would ever actually happen, so that still left me with a $1,000 deductible to pay. But that’s better than the $3,000+ replacement costs! It’s also given me a sense of renewed vigilance when it comes to protecting my assets. Anyway, I’m sorry your gear was taken. When it happened to me I was looking for a consolidated resource on what to do, but couldn’t find anything. So, after research and asking around for advice, I thought I’d write my own. What’s the picture above have to do with this post? Nothing really, other than, like the thief who took my gear, I don’t know this person’s identity.
What I’ve learned about how to recover lost or stolen camera equipment:
Disclaimer! Unfortunately, none of this so far has resulted in my gear being returned, but I have heard success stories. Should my gear turn up I’ll be sure to update this post, noting which method did the trick. In the meantime, hopefully you’ll find this helpful in the event of stolen or lost gear. If you have anything to add to this or have had one of these methods work for you, please leave a comment below!