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Stolen Leica Elmar 135mm f4 - 1893726

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About a month ago I bought the above 135 f4 Elmar (serial no. 1893726) on eBay. The seller - 123stiny - assured me that the lens was better than new, the lenses had been removed and ultra sonically cleaned, the old lubricant replaced by new and better. Incredibly, he sent it to me loosely wrapped in some old newspapers, in a cardboard box without the lens caps on, (that's right, the glass elements bare in the box) the Leica lens cap and rear cap nice and safe in a well wrapped little bag. Sure enough, the lens arrived and it was really nice- but now with a large DENT in the filter ring! Rough handling is the norm in the mail people! Pack accordingly!

Annoyed, I contacted the man whom the seller had indicated had done such fine work to the Elmar, Henry Sherrer of Suisin City Calif. to see if he could fix the dent. He assured me that he had never worked on the Elmar or any Elmar for that matter, but would fix it if he could. I sent it to him the next day. The lens never arrived. (Thanks again to Henry for all his valued help)

Tracking indicates that the lens made it only to the post office in Suisin City, and theire it got rerouted and two days later was delivered to an address in Hackensack New Jersey. It then vanished.

I would appreciate anyone seeing or finding this lens to contact me. I have tried everything else. Thanks all.

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It sounds like it was lost by the postal service rather than stolen. Perhaps worth following up with them and claiming on their insurance (I assume you ship valuable items with sufficient insurance cover). I hope you track it down.

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It is for this reason I NEVER ship any Leica product except maybe the occasional hood via USPS. They are government and we all know how bad government is.

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It is for this reason I NEVER ship any Leica product except maybe the occasional hood via USPS. They are government and we all know how bad government is.


While won't help OP, Lou is 100% correct. We find FedEx much more reliable than UPS and never never send anything of value through U.S. Post Office.


Hope you can track the lens down; USPS does have a recovery process.


Good luck.

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I feel for you. What kind of eBay rating did the seller have ?

He lied about the lens and shipped it with deficient packaging.



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Very unfortunate, two events of bad luck in such a short time. I hope you can get information on the lens, if it was delivered to an address in another part of the country then the post office knows where it was and could at least try to get it back.

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It is never lost in postal services!


Need patience to track it down and little amount of follow up.


You may need to find the delievery post office, delievery date and delievered to whom. They keep records.


Otherwise see if you have insurance covered and the amount of claim is equal to the lens price than you can still live with lost lens.

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