I am trying very hard not to think about the fact that I have just lost the most expensive thing I own (in aggregate). More than my car (hmm not that difficult), more than any item of clothing, more than my laptop.
My longed for (over the entire life of the blog & only bought last November) & much loved, never-let-me-down, always-taking- excellent-photos Canon EOS Rebel SLR body along with three lenses, daylight filters, memory card, one half of my remote control, the camera case pictured above and all the images I took on my last day in San Francisco: Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden, Out the Door restaurant, the stores on Filmore Street, the Clift Hotel….
I was cross-eyed with jetlag and fatigue after the flight from San Francisco but I do remember very, very clearly looping it on the back of my luggage trolley at Heathrow Terminal One as I arrived in the baggage reclaim. My memories stop there, although I am guessing it was still on the trolley when I arrived at the Heathrow Express platform entrance where you can’t take carts, and unloaded my cases to get on to the platform. So it either got left on the trolley, (unlikely), on the platform bench when I got up to get on to the train (likely), on the train (very likely), or in the black cab – (pretty sure not.)
I am DESPERATE to get it back – although I realise that it is now unlikely, as my name wasn’t anywhere in the case (lesson firmly learnt), and it is has not yet been listed on the LHR or black cab lost property records.
I am offering a REWARD for its return, but don’t hold out much hope of this message going very far towards the person who may have picked it up. It’s frustrating as second-hand cameras and lenses (especially ones with no provenance) don’t have anything near the value of new ones so essentially it is worth far, far more to me than the person who may have picked it up.
Whilst I was bemoaning the loss (& publicising the reward) on Facebook, a reader recommended this site www.ifoundyourcamera.net from the founders of Post Secret, where lovely civic-minded people post images from memory cards they have found lost or discarded, in the hope that the owners will claim them. (I live in hope. Even the SD card’s return alone would be good, as it represents a whole day’s photography.)
And PassportDelicious.com commented:
“A Virgin flight attendant had the jump seat across from me on London to Tokyo a while back had a good tip about not losing devices while traveling: brightly colored cases. So now my iPhone is in bright green, my Blackberry in purple, my iPad in bright pink, and my DSLR in bright blue. That was 5 years ago and I haven’t lost anything since! And I used to lose A LOT of stuff.”
I think this is a BRILLIANT idea – especially given just how many tech devices (but not mine), are currently sitting in Heathrow Lost Property looking for a home. So I had a quick squint at Amazon, and here are some that could be options for when I save up for a new SLR camera, maybe next year. *weeps*.
Lowepro Toploader Zoom 45AW – Blue £24.83 (also comes in red).
Oliepops Hot Pink Camcorder/SLR Camera Case £23.99 (Okay it is kinda pink – but you are NEVER going to forgot your camera in this case)
I also like these little cases for compact digital cameras. Acme Made Sleek Case Camera Case – Yellow£12.64
At top:Lowepro Rezo 160 Black Shoulder Bag £28.54