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Thread: Theft of LF vs 35 mm cameras

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    Theft of LF vs 35 mm cameras

    I am considering getting into LF photography. I find it very interesting that a lmost everyone who doesn't do photography as a hobby or profession seem to think that a LF camera is ancient, old, and even worthless. So, don't you guys feel or even experienced that perhaps LF equipment is much less prone to theft than 3 5 mm gizmos? The market for stolen LF equipment is probably much smaller too, I would guess.

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    Theft of LF vs 35 mm cameras

    Wierd question, but I guess you're right. Although when given the opportunity, I suspect some folks will steal anything if it's not locked up... I wouldn't count on some junky to be that discriminating.

    Decoys do work, though. Someone moved my box of large format equipment (about $3500 with a handle on it) to steal a $150 TV. They can probably get more crack for a TV than a Linhof...t

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    Theft of LF vs 35 mm cameras

    One of my classmates went to visit a friend at college. While they were out, this guy's apartment was robbed. The crooks stole all of the 35mm equipment but left the guy's hassleblad.

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    Theft of LF vs 35 mm cameras

    Well, it's not that wierd a question. Although thank God, it hasn't been an issue for me yet. My wife always worries I'll get konked on the head while I'm under the dark cloth. Then again, I don't shoot in Yosemite either. How fast can a thief run with a large format camera, tripod & lens....

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    Theft of LF vs 35 mm cameras

    The one time I have been burgled (sp?) they took a large format lens but left th e camera and the lens mounted on it; took a color temp meter, but left the flash meter next to it; stole my Norman P2000D but left the heads (which had been plu gged in to the pack). Stole a tripod head but left the tripod. (I am still wonde ring about that one). I don't think most thieves are capable of or if capable of are interested in analysing what they are stealing, or about what the market fo r stuff is, unless they are "shopping." with a specific list. They just grab it and go and if they can't get some money for it dump it.

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    Theft of LF vs 35 mm cameras

    Hmmmm, so that's why no LF stuff shows up at the local pawn shops....

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    Theft of LF vs 35 mm cameras

    Yeah I hadn't thought about field work, but I have quit doing my industrial land scape stuff in the city. Maybe I could hang a sign on my butt when under the dar k cloth that said "no radio"...t

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