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LensTag Helps Recover Stolen Lens: Good Samaritan

 
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Apr 03, 2014 08:55 |  #1

How did we miss this one? Point me to the kickstarter and I'd give this kid a buck.

On February 22nd, Siyad had his camera bag stolen out of his car while visiting USC in LA. Three days later, the thief sells the stolen lens to an aspiring young photographer by the name of Philip Martin, who spent nearly $1,000 on it.

A month later, Martin decided to run the lens through the Lenstag database and, lo and behold, finds out that this lens had been stolen! That’s when things get really ethical, because rather than holding on to the piece of glass, he selflessly gets in touch with Lenstag founder Trevor Sehrer and offers to give it back to the original owner FREE OF CHARGE.

http://petapixel.com …ens-returned-happy-owner/ (external link)

This is pretty interesting, too:

IMAGE: http://petapixel.com/assets/uploads/2013/12/LenstagInfographic-200.jpg

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Apr 03, 2014 09:00 |  #2

Reads like a LensTag commercial...maybe they should (or are) sponsoring him.


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Apr 03, 2014 09:00 |  #3

I don't think this would be a Kickstarter, this would be more a 'GoFundMe' type of deal I think. That said, if someone were to start one to recoup that $1000 to get back to the purchaser of the lens, I'd be interested too.


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Apr 03, 2014 09:08 |  #4

Thanks, Bernie. I'm not a good enough person to start one myself... but I'd chip in. We've all felt a bit leery buying off of Craigslist (which is the main reason I like to get boxes with my used gear - indicating it's probably not stolen).

Given the same circumstances, I don't think I'd be as selfless. Maybe my conscience would get me eventually... or I'd return it expecting some media attention and praise or hope that there'd be some sort of return. Yes, I think I'd be that selfish.


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Apr 03, 2014 09:20 |  #5

"Spent nearly $1000 on it"

A used Tamron 24-70? Nearly $1000? That's more than I would pay.




  
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Apr 03, 2014 09:37 |  #6

That's journalism for you. I see them on the FS forum for around $900... "nearly" $1000 sounds better and just stretches the truth.


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Apr 04, 2014 04:07 |  #7

Overall: Nikon D7000

Geez, thieves sure do have poor taste :/


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Apr 04, 2014 05:02 |  #8

Good taste in lenses, though...

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Apr 04, 2014 05:35 |  #9
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I just discovered this website. Awesome concept. This needs to be written about in a photography magazine. I entered all of my gear in there last night.


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Apr 04, 2014 05:42 |  #10
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Nathan wrote in post #16806623 (external link)
Thanks, Bernie. I'm not a good enough person to start one myself... but I'd chip in. We've all felt a bit leery buying off of Craigslist (which is the main reason I like to get boxes with my used gear - indicating it's probably not stolen).

Given the same circumstances, I don't think I'd be as selfless. Maybe my conscience would get me eventually... or I'd return it expecting some media attention and praise or hope that there'd be some sort of return. Yes, I think I'd be that selfish.

Now you don't have to think twice about being selfish. Look what everybody did for this kid.

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Apr 04, 2014 09:04 |  #11

Interesting that he created it himself. But... he also closed it himself, after getting the $500 donation. That said... the "nearly $1000" he reportedly paid for the Tamron, according to the article, was made "whole" by a $500 donation. Like I said, "That's journalism for you."

Thanks to Jirard, I am now financially whole...

Thanks to Jirard, I am now financially whole. Since I am restored to where I was before the lens ordeal, I am closing down the page as profiting from this situation is not my intent.

Thank you to Alfred for supporting me as well.

Makes it seem like, to me, that the kid also already suspected that the lens was stolen because of the "to good to be true" price on the lens. Either way... good for him. He got 15 minutes of moderate fame. I feel positively inclined towards the kid.

The only issue is to catch the person who stole the lens in the first place.


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Apr 06, 2014 07:44 |  #12

Nathan wrote in post #16806682 (external link)
That's some elements in journalism for you.

Corrected for you. :D


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