I Found All of My Stolen Camera Gear in the Nearest Pawn Shop

Do you ever wake up in the morning and just know that there’s something amiss? On Saturday, June 22nd, I woke up with a knot in my stomach as I realized I had left my camera outside in my truck. I wasn’t positive I’d locked the doors.

How I Bought a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens for $50

Pawn shops are hit and miss for photographers, but when they're a hit, they can be a freaking HIT.

During one of my bi-monthly visits to all the local pawn shops in my town, I came across the sight above. It was a popular Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens that had an "As Is" label and a $99.99 price tag. A hundred bucks? Even for a broken copy of this lens that's a great deal -- you can sell just the parts on eBay for between $200 and $500...

Woman Told She Has to Buy Back Her Stolen Nikon D3200 from Pawn Shop

Update on 12/16/21: This video has been removed by its creator.

These days, there are a number of search engines, sites and services that can help you track down your camera if it's ever stolen from you. Unfortunately, finding the camera is often only half the problem -- you still have to get it back, and sometimes that can be pretty tricky.

Boston Pawn Shop Stops the Potential Sale of a Stolen Nikon D3100

Update on 12/16/21: This video has been removed by its creator.

Note to any camera thief who attempts to get rid of the camera at a pawn shop: it might be beneficial to at least know how to turn the thing on. Not only that, but when questioned about where you “found” the camera and when asked to file a missing item report, don’t run off -- I’ve heard it doesn’t help with the whole suspicion factor.