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Robbed. Camera gone.

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We got robbed in Barcelona the day before yesterday. It happened a little after 23:00 hr on the Passeig de Colom. We could have lost more, but in the end it was just my Canon EOS 60D with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens attached to it.

We filed a report at the police station on Carrer Nou de la Rambla with the serial numbers of the devices. We believe we have identified one of the two robbers — the one who had confronted us from the front. I must say that the police were friendly and helpful, and they had people who spoke good English.

But that is not the point of this blog post.

Thanks to my friend, Arjun, we figured out that the EXIF data has the serial number of the camera and the lens embedded in it; and if, like me, you upload your photos to Flickr, you can easily see all the metadata even if you do not have any fancy photography software at hand. This makes me wonder if it is possible for websites like Flickr or Facebook or Imgur to flag uploads originating from a tainted device. Client-side programs could do this too. I guess, this needs some kind of stolen cameras and lenses database, which could be tricky. Does something like this exist?

Anyway, I will leave the details of my stolen camera and lens here to leave a trail in the sands of the Internet.

  • Serial number: 1881125429
  • Internal serial number: WB0778966
  • Lens serial number: 0000124725

Written by Debarshi Ray

15 December, 2013 at 13:37

3 Responses

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  1. You’re in luck!


    15 December, 2013 at 16:04

  2. Damn it, this sucks man :-(.
    Hopefully they will catch the suckers. Best wishes.

    Diego Escalante Urrelo

    16 December, 2013 at 10:44

  3. That’s really bad luck. It happens too often to hackers visiting Barcelona (me included). There should be a geek’s travel guide to Barcelona that warns gadget-heavy visitors of the numbers, ingenuity and persistence of the thieves that congregate there.


    16 December, 2013 at 12:21

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