Photographer finds his stolen Canon Dream lens selling on eBay for $65,100

Apr 7, 2018

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Photographer finds his stolen Canon Dream lens selling on eBay for $65,100

Apr 7, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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A couple of weeks ago, Canon 50mm f0.95 Dream Lens was stolen from photographer Daniel Zvereff. He was working on a project in Mexico when someone snitched it from his room. Not long ago, the photographer spotted his lens on eBay. After an auction, it was sold for whopping $65,100!

As Zvereff told The Phoblographer, he would put his valuables under his bed before going to sleep every night. Since the room had no AC, he had to sleep with the window open. That night, he switched the stolen 50mm for the 35mm and forgot to put the lens bag under the bed. Reportedly, the thieves snuck into his room by scaling the building and took his lens bag.

Zvereff is certain that the Canon 50mm f/0.95 on eBay is his because it’s an unusual lens converted to Leica M mount. The serial number on the lens matches with the one he bought several years ago. It’s even sold with his Red Filter and shipped via Mexican Postal Service.

When he spotted the auction, Zvereff contacted eBay, but they told him they couldn’t do anything about it. They urged him to file a police report so they can flag the seller. However, the photographer wasn’t able to do it immediately because he wouldn’t be able to work due to the long process, as he told The Phoblographer.

The auction has now ended and the lens was sold for the incredible $65,100.

Zvereff told PetaPixel that the amount of support he received from the photo community was tremendous. However, he says he made peace with the fact that his lens is gone, and that he’s”totally ok with it.”

If you know anything about the lens or can help Zvereff in any way, contact him on this email.

[via The Phoblographer, PetaPixel; lead image credits: Elliot (modified)]

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9 responses to “Photographer finds his stolen Canon Dream lens selling on eBay for $65,100”

  1. Okaro Avatar
    Okaro

    He can collect it from the buyer. Stolen property belongs to the rightful owner without any compensation to even a honest buyer. Ebay should ban both parties.

    1. pincherio Avatar
      pincherio

      You’re assuming the buyer knows it’s stolen. Based on the story, the photographer never reported it stolen to the police. As far as we know, he could be just making this story up as a desperate cry for attention and we all ate it up. Don’t believe everything you read as fact.

      1. Okaro Avatar
        Okaro

        Stolen property always belongs to the owner. If the buyer was honest he will not be punished but he still loses it. I have no reason to believe the owner lies.

        1. Motti Bembaron Avatar
          Motti Bembaron

          Possession is 95% of the law. In Mexico it’s 100% of the law. Good luck trying to get the authorities there doing something about it. Most likely they were involved :-)

  2. Paul H Avatar
    Paul H

    Why would h not take off work to file a complaint on a $65k lens? Then he says he accepts that he has lost the lens? Doesn’t sound right to me, so would love to hear the full story.

  3. John C Avatar
    John C

    Come on, he could buy a new Leica f 0.95 Noctilux for about a fifth of that, and it is a better lens, and he would not have to change the mount.

  4. Jyi Offer Avatar
    Jyi Offer

    Silly man… he shoulda bid on it, then sent the police to collect it.

  5. AndyF Avatar
    AndyF

    Pretty sure the “buyer” is not actually going to consumate this $65K transaction. This may give him more time to file the necessary reports and get the police to seek info from eBay on the seller.

  6. Tommy Voodoo Avatar
    Tommy Voodoo

    i gotta call BS on this.. sounds more like someone made up a story after seeing an inflated ebay sale. It wouldn’t be the first.