Just got back from vegas this thursday and aside from the normal losing that one experiences while in vegas, i got a little extra treat. We checked out of our room Wednesday morning and checked our luggage at the bell desk. I make it a habit to never check my camera gear because of stupid stuff like this, but we were planning on spending the day at the pool and I didnt want it completely unattended either. So, i tell the bell man that both bags are extremely fragile and that it included very expensive equipment. When i picked up my bags I checked my suit case to transfer my laptop into my carry on (camera bag) and we proceeded to the airport. From the time that i received the bags back from the bell man to the point of me entering my house I was the only person in possession of my bag. Fast forward to today.... I grab my camera bag and head off to the wedding rehearsal that I'm shooting TOMORROW never thinking twice about my gear. When i get to the rehearsal I find that my SB800 is completely smashed. LCD is completely non functional. My 50mm 1.4 is bent to all hell around the outside and is actually bent at the mount plate (it's actually the body plate that is bent) and my D70 takes pictures but they look like this: (dont mind the face, just testing on my girlfriend) Here's a 100% crop. So, now basically I'm screwed. Where am I going to get a new 50mm lens, a new body, and a flash before tomorrow at 1:00pm? It's not even something i can work with... the sensor is completely butchering the image... the lens comes in at about 86 degrees instead of 90 which is obviously causing focusing problems, my flash is inoperable, and my laptop doesn't power on unless I wiggle the power adapter around to the perfect spot. And even then, it shuts right back off if the power chord moves. It doesn't recognize that there is a battery in it either... says nothing is inserted into the batt slot. Cliffnotes: Don't check baggage at hotels when it has your camera in it.