Saturday, June 17, 2006

Concerning Boys (and the loss of their toys)

I haven't added an image to MB for a while now. Notwithstanding I have been busy work-wise, we are in a quite a disarray at home due to a major house renovation. An unfortunate byproduct of such an activity is the increased vulnerability one is exposed to as walls and roofs are removed, replaced, or otherwise modified.

Such was our experience as we came home one Friday evening to find the contents of our home literally turned upside down by thieves, intent on searching for anything of value that was also easy to tote. Without realising it, these criminals actually succeeded in hurting each member of the family individually by their choice of goods stolen. My wife misses mostly all her jewelry, collected over her lifetime, some pieces family heirlooms, others sentimental gifts of love, or pieces marking milestones in her life. The kids miss their Game cube and Mario Kart, favorite Barbie movies and Disney's animated Atlantis films. I miss the two film SLRs (Nikon FG and Canon EOS300) and DSLR (Canon EOS300D) this person or persons took, along with my Manfrotto monopod.

One doesn't sometimes realise the cost of replacing these sorts of things until required to quote a replacement value. Luckily we have insurance, and after approximately two months of assessment and investigation the insurers have admitted the claim and are arranging to replace the goods. Of course there is always a downside, e.g. there are limits with respect to the amount claimable under certain categories, particularly if the items are not individually listed onyour policy schedule. Jewelry and photographic gear are two prime examples, and with regard to both, the insurer’s payout will not meet the replacement value of our stolen items. Warning! Warning! (Danger! Will Robinson) Might I suggest that you take the time to calculate the worth of your gear, determine the magnitude of risk you are prepared to accept in terms of the possible loss of your gear, insure accordingly, and review this risk as you replace and add new items to your kit.

Anyway, my cut of the kitty in today's dollars will equate to a little less than eighty percent of the "theoretical" replacement value of the three cameras. "Theoretical" because determining the replacement cost of a classic compact Nikon SLR camera twenty-eight years old by pairing it up with something still on the shelf (a Canon EOS3000v no less! Shock! Horror!) purely on the basis of common features seems quite subjective. I'm not complaining mind you, at least I'll be getting something. Suffice to say; I thought I'd use this opportunity to realign my allegiance with Nikon having started to travel down the EOS path, since my remaining camera is another Nikon (FG-20). I have already replaced the EOS300 with a beautiful Nikon F80 and was about to purchase a D70s to replace the EOS300D, but then a remarkable opportunity for a bargain has just caught my eye!!

Picture a professional 6MP DSLR with a 10 stop tonal range, Nikon mount, originally available new in February 2005 for $3895- and now discounted to $1895- As you might expect these little babies are going out the door faster than a public servant at a Friday knock-off time! What I think could be the last available (new) body in Oz is currently in transit between Canberra and Brisbane and has may name on it! Oh yes, if all goes to plan, I'll soon have what I think will be an absolute spectacular new toy to play with!!

Oh, apologies Boyd if this ramble has pushed you off the page ;-p

1 comment:

Boyd said...

Hi Martin

First, I don't mind being pushed off the page (it should be happening all the time). Second, your admission that you haven't made many postings recently might be turned around once your new toy arrives - I can't wait to have a look, touch and play.

I know that you are looking on the bright side about the loss of your gear, it might actually end up being a blessing in disguise with the camera at least. Can't always say the same about the other more personal stuff that you lose or the fact that someone has been in and thru your house univited.

We will have to take your new toy for a walk at luchtime soon to see what it can do (I, on the other hand, will stick to my 20 year-old blunderbusses for a while yet).