Sunday, 22 June 2014

On Friday 20th June 2014, our house in London E18 was burgled between 1pm and 2pm. It happens to a lot of people. We lost computers, jewellery, clothes, shoes, ties - the usual haul for opportunist thieves. However, several things of huge sentimental value were stolen, including my grandfather's gold watch and my mother's engagement ring. They're irreplaceable. I realise that happens to many people too.

However, the one thing that is really distressing is the loss of my father's camera equipment. He was a professional photographer, and he died back in 1962. The only thing I had left of his was his camera and accessories. Everything is gone - camera, case, lenses, exposure meters and camera bag.

The complete set is probably unique, so I'm posting this blog in the hope that someone will spot it, and I may get something back. It's probably been sold by now, or pawned, or offered to a collector of vintage cameras.

Here's the camera, with the Ultron lens it had fitted at the time. 

There were also a couple of spare lenses (one a Dynaron) in brown leather cases, a lens hood, an exposure meter (Metrophot - see right), a rangefinder (on top of camera, right), filters and manual.
The complete set was in a brown shoulder bag with a front pocket - on my dad's shoulder in the picture at the top of this blog.

What you can do to help

If you see or hear of a Voigtlander Prominent camera for sale, with our without accessories, either online or somewhere in the UK, please get in touch.

My contact details are:

Phone:  07986 852621

Please also share this blog with anyone who may be able to help.

Thank you!

Alan Stevens


  1. So very sorry to learn of your recent burglary. It is such a huge invasion of your life, your privacy and all you treasure. I hope you are successful in retrieving your father's camera equipment and that all of you are ok.

  2. So sad to read about your loss. Your memories cannot be taken from you. However I do hope you get your items returned somehow.

  3. Hi Alan so sorry to hear your news. It really is very distressing. Lets hope you get the camera (and other things) back soon.

  4. Will try and share to Google+ lots of retro photographers there to keep an eye out. Any serial numbers to confirm its identity?