So I May Have Found My Father's Long Lost 40D

So in 2008, my dad dropped nearly $2000 on a brand-new Canon 40D kit at Best Buy. Dad took it everywhere with us for several years. From sporting events to vacations, he was always carrying around his beloved Canon. I fell in love with photography because of this camera. A few months after he started letting my sister and I use it, someone stole it from us at a school event. That was in 2011.


After I found the box in the basement this week, I saw the serial number on a sticker on the side and got an idea: What if I could find it again I using the serial number? I went to http://www.stolencamerafinder.com to track down my father's stolen 40D EF 28-135 IS USM kit. Reversing photos and serial numbers led me to this dude's page. http://www.viewbug.com/member/Gilbert...

I uploaded this photo taken on the 40D in India several years ago.

So I May Have Found My Father's Long Lost 40D

Stolen camera finder bounced me this photo, taken by "Gilbert"

So I May Have Found My Father's Long Lost 40D

Well sir, I think that's my camera. Apparently, you run a very, very lucrative photography business in Arizona.

I wrote him the following letter:

"Dear Sir,

My name is Joshua.

I am a resident of Virginia. In 2008, my family purchased a Canon EOS40D and 28-135 IS USM. It was our family camera and the camera I grew up on and trained myself as a photographer on. It was truly a treasure of ours, and we took it on a several-months long vacation to India. On April 27, 2011, the camera was stolen from my sister while on my school campus and I haven't seen it since. Bearing the body serial number 1901B017(AA), I used several reverse-tracking lost camera systems which kept leading me to a photo of monsoon lighting on your page. The websites indicate to me that it was taken with our camera. I am not accusing you of stealing a camera, but it is quite possible you may have been sold a stolen unit and lens. It was my father's treasured possession which he carried around with him day-to-day. He only let me and my sister borrow it on rare occasions, so it has been a quest of mine to track it down. If you are still in possession of this unit and its lens, please let me know as soon as possible."

Here's to hoping he still has it/responds.

[UPDATE] Found an expired ebay posting for the camera and messaged the seller, kindly.

{UPDATE} "Gilbert" wrote me back the following (in all caps.)

11:39 am

Gilbert

HELLO, SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MISSING CAMERA. I TEACH PHOTOGRAPHY AND BUY/SELL ABOUT 30 CAMERAS EACH YEAR. A LOT OF THE CAMERAS ARE PURCHASED THROUGH EBAY. I USE EACH CAMERA FOR A FEW DAYS TO CHECK FOR FAULTS AND THEN PASS IT ON, OFTEN TO A STUDENT. UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE NO WAY OF CHECKING THE SERIAL NUMBER OF THE 40D USED FOR THAT SHOT IN 2011, AS IT WAS SOLD BACK IN 2011. I'M SORRY I CAN'T BE MORE HELP. .....[Redacted]

To be continued...