Robbed & Ransacked

Our apartment was robbed today and my cameras, lenses, strobes & cables were stolen. Other things were taken as well, but I wanted folks to know there is stolen camera equipment out there (in Atlanta, and/or points beyond) that is irreplaceable. Please keep your eyes & ears out. I’ll update this post with serials, conditions, and more info when I recover them from my files.

Our place is trashed. My cameras are gone. My livelihood (and plans to cover the presidential race for the next three weeks in South Carolina) has hit a big set-back. My America, indeed.


Here’s a list of what’s currently missing on the camera front, serials forthcoming:

Leica M4P Body (heavy, distinctive wear, missing 40% of leatherette, taped-up lightleaks, 1984, Canada. Serial begins: 164—)
Leica Summaron 35mm lens, 2.8 (1960s)
Leica SF20 Flash
Mamiya 7II Body
Mamiya 80mm lens for 7II
Canon 20D Body (heavy wear, black tape & residue) Serial #0520331944
Canon 28mm fixed 2.8 lens
Canon 50mm fixed 1.4 lens
Canon 17-85 IS Zoom lens
Canon 580EX Flash
Vivitar Flash
Canon S50 Digicamera (w/ 4gb Kingston Compact Flash Card) Serial #2829189919
Canon off-camera flash cord
Off-camera flash bracket
Olympus XA point-and-shoot (broken shutter, totally inoperable)
2 Voice recorders I was preparing to sell/giveaway. Sony & Olympus.

Most of this gear can be seen here:

We have some insurance. I’ll update this post with word(s) about that as I know more. I’ve traveled around the world with this gear, worked hard to acquire and maintain it all, and as things go, it’s all pretty meaningful to me. It’s just “stuff”, but still…

(There’s an update to this post: Part 2.)

69 thoughts on “Robbed & Ransacked”

  1. Thanks for all your comments here and emails and everything. I should be okay in the short-term with loaned equipment. You all have been extremely generous with your gear offers.

    I’ve posted an update (the thieves came back) here:

    The good news is that I was able to get some equipment together and shoot an Obama event on Tuesday.

    But the real news isn’t the crime necessarily, it’s how all of you have stepped-up to help out. It’s floored me, frankly. Thanks, again.

  2. Sorry to hear about this. I see they left you Joel Sternfeld. So that’s something. Still easily the best book out there on large format.

  3. Michael, I have been through this a couple of times myself over the years, its a blow but you will bounce back from it.
    I can give you a Mamiya 7..let me know.

  4. Time to whip out that charge card and rent gear, to keep your clients happy, for one. Keep rolling, you’ll recover, dude. As Russell Peters would advise, “Do the right thing, Be a man”
    Think of replacement insurance next time. I’m experienced in this now, learned my lesson…
    Did I tell you about a family heirloom of a tripod I left behind in a cab, once¿ Too many Caesar’s I blame. Partner in crime was also affected by same Caesars./ Dang./
    There are many things we don’t get back, including some possessions.

    Change your environment’s [community] vibe.

    Drop off some sandwiches, coffee and deserts to your neighbouring [not in your jurisdiction] Police station.
    Then discuss calling a meeting [as a community group, mind you] between the station in your jurisdiction and the neighbouring station, not in your jurisdiction.
    Point to make at Meeting with the two Police Station’s Representatives:
    — the amount of brazen burglaries in your hood. Surely, a ‘must watch’ neighbourhood for Police to catch felons. in short.

    Win-Win. Your neighbourhood gets Police presence, Police, get their man.
    No more shit.
    Also, a baseball bat or shotgun, helps with any troubles occurring in your home.
    Protecting your property and family are A priori #1. Period.


  5. I have just forwarded this link to a friend who is a rep. with Canon. I hope that they may have some way to help! I was just broken into as well, fortunately or unfortunately, they only stole checks and financial information. Its a violation in any event! Good luck.

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