I was interested to read Andrew Fedon's 'D700 stolen' post. I have a similar story. I felt that it warranted a thread of its own because I thought I'd take the opportunity to post a few final photos. I lost my D3, a 35/f2.8 shift lens and a newly acquired 70-300 AF-S VR lens. It pains me to write about this but I thought there might be some catharsis in exposing this sorry situation. Surprisingly, after the initial shock – when I had recovered from feeling physically ill – my primary emotion has been embarrassment. I'm embarrassed that I could have been foolish enough not to have insured something so valuable and vulnerable and embarrassed to have been careless enough to lose it the way I did. I guess I gotta blame complacency. Andrew was in London when it happened to him. I was on holiday in South Africa. Crime is ubiquitous but everyone knows that it’s particularly bad in SA The thing is, I am a South African, so when I went to the Musgrave Centre Mall in Durban I felt very much at home. I’ve been going there for at least a quarter of a century. It’s a modern, first world shopping complex; I bought two pro Nikkors there a couple of years ago. Well it turns out the security is not very first world! I left the camera in a bag on the floor of the front passenger seat of a hired Toyota for a few minutes while I went into the camera store to have some prints made. This is something that I never do. I always take the bag with me. Well, not this time. As I say, I felt physically sick when I noticed the glass on the floor and saw the little broken triangular window at the back of the car. Musgrave Centre management weren’t particularly helpful. Although I was less than 10 metres from the camera store it seems that I had parked in a CCTV blind spot. I was also unable to persuade the South African Police to check for finger-prints but they were probably right in saying that this would have been fruitless anyway. Ah well. So it goes. I didn’t own the VR lens for very long but I had it long enough to learn a few things about it. Fortunately I had downloaded most of my pictures – there couldn’t have been more than a couple of dozen on the cards that were lost. Here are some shots taken at the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi gave reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal.