Picture: A Nikon D800E, similar to the one stolen

Spencer Brown, a serious photo enthusiast from Bournemouth, is appealing for help in tracing the equipment, which included his treasured Nikon D800E (serial number: 6005813).

Spencer said it is not clear whether his insurance will cover the lost kit, which went missing in the early hours of 17 November 2012.

‘I have been so depressed and down since the loss of my gear,’ said Spencer, who had only just bought the D800E.

‘I feel like I have had my right arm cut off, as photography is my passion.’

The missing kit also includes a Nikon 45mm tilt/shift lens (s/n 206747); Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (561490); Nikon 24-85mm f/2.8 (548208); Zeiss 21mm (15807723); Zeiss 35mm (15785533); and Zeiss 50mm (15882083).

Anyone who can help is urged to call Bournemouth Central Police Station on 01202 222 222, quoting crime reference number c/12/c/49540.