This weekend one of my fears was realized when I was physically assaulted and robbed of my M-E with the SEM 18mm mounted. It was on Saturday around 3:00 p.m. on Lilac St. and 24th, in San Francisco, I was shooting some graffiti in an alley when I was jumped by three guys. This is a shady part of SF, but the best graffiti is always in bad neighborhoods, that I had been to numerous times before so I let me guard down. I was too focused on what I was shooting and didn't see them coming up behind me. One sucker punch and I was down on the ground getting kicked in the head by all three them. I held out as long as I could but they got my digital kit off of me but I did manage to keep my backpack (which had my film kit and two additional lenses). Some of the homes that line that alley have video cameras, and SFPD is in the process of trying to obtain some of the videos to see if the assualt was captured. My face is badly bruised and swollen but nothing that time won't heal. I post this not to vent but as a cautionary tale. I knew very well that this was a bad part of the city and I'm actually not suprised that this happened, a few years ago the same thing happened to another photog in a safer neighborhood (Marina) in the middle of the day too. There's been a number of assaults and robberies (and even a shooting a few days earlier) in this area so I really shouldn't have gone there. All and all, I consider myself very lucky as it could have been a lot worse since I was fighting with them to keep my back pack and M-E. If I would have sustained some permenant bodily injury, I'd be very angry at my self right now. Cameras and lens (even expensive ones) can always be replaced, dead photogs can't capture images. Please be careful out there.