Welcome, OC Camera

 
Creating a new marketplace is hard...really hard. We knew this going into it and we knew our biggest challenge in the beginning would be solving the chicken and egg problem. How do we attract sellers without buyers and how do we attract buyers without inventory? It's a big problem to solve and it will take a lot of time, but we're committed. Continue...

Do You Practice Photography?

 
Wind sprints, running routes, scrimmages, gym time, endless muscle pain and physical therapy. Before an athlete steps onto the field under the lights in front of a cheering crowd, they practice. Like an athlete, a musician would never expect to perform before an audience without first practicing for hundreds, even thousands of hours. In the performing arts and athletics, practice is a given. It's a way of life. What about photography? Do photographers need to practice? Continue...

20 Photography YouTube Channels Worth Watching

 
I don't know about you, but I don't even watch TV anymore. I watch YouTube and I'm hooked. But, I find that photographers tend to view the same set of YouTube channels, mostly because they appear in our recommended feed on the home screen. But there are a lot of not-so-famous YouTube creators that make great photography content and don't often gain the favor of the ranking algorithm. Continue...

A Quick Product Update

 
Here that sound? Crickets. Yeah, things have been quiet on our blog, social media and email list lately. There's a good reason for that. We've been working hard behind the scenes, adding features to Gear Offer and fixing bugs. We've been writing a lot of code and testing. I'm happy to say that last night, we put out a new version of Gear Offer. Let's get into the two most important new features. Continue...

Selling Cameras: A Comprehensive Guide

 
At some point in your photographic journey, you're going to sell a camera. It's going to happen. And, there will be moment when you ask yourself, "where are people selling cameras these days?" We're here to save you time, trouble and money answering that question. Grab a cup of coffee because this is a more complicated topic than you may have realized. Continue...

Old Gear Review: The Fujifilm X100

 
It's time for another old gear review. For the uninitiated, this is where we do a quick review an older piece of gear and answer one question: does it hold up over time? Today, we look at a classic: the original Fuji X100. Not the S, the T or the F. The first X100 with the Bayer sensor and plenty of quirks. I'll be up front about this, I love this camera and it changed my perspective on camera gear. Hey, I never claimed these reviews would be un-biased. Continue...

Old Gear Review: The Sony a850

 
This is first post of a series where we conduct a short review of an older piece of camera gear and attempt to answer one question: does it hold up over time? As a marketplace dedicated to used camera equipment, we obviously love used camera gear, but we live in an age where new gear is constantly released. Every few months we're hit with the new Mark XVIII model. Just because a new camera body came out, doesn't mean a camera released 5, or even 10 years ago is somehow trash. In fact, most older, digital gear is still quite good. Really good in fact. Let's show old gear some love, shall we? First up: the Sony a850. Continue...

Mirrorless Cameras vs DSLR Cameras: What's the Difference?

 
So you're considering a new camera, or perhaps it's time for an upgrade, and you've arrived at the single biggest question any rational human would ask in 2018. Do you go with the latest and greatest or the tried and true? DSLR or mirrorless? It's a big decision and your money is on the line so let's talk about mirrorless cameras vs DSLR cameras and find out what the differences really are. Continue...

No More Guessing: Used Camera Pricing Tool

 
Getting the most for your used camera is sometimes hard. How much should you ask for your lens or camera body? You want to get as much as you can, but you also don't want to set your price too high. There are some ways to find out how much your gear is worth, but it can be tricky. We decided to build a pricing tool right into our seller interface and we put it right on the site for you to use as well. Continue...

Gear Offer is Officially Launched

 
It's been a long time coming but the Gear Offer platform is finally here. I created Gear Offer because I'm frequently buying and selling cameras and lenses. I like to try new equipment and typically I sell something to fund another purchase. When selling gear, I visit the typical web sites: eBay, Craig's List and some online classifieds, but none of these "marketplaces" ever really felt right. eBay has the largest reach, but costs 10% per sale with some listing fees as well. That really cuts into the amount you can make when selling. Craig's List is great for some things, but when selling high-value gear, it's risky meeting up with strangers who know you have $2000 camera on you. And, as a buyer, meeting up is risky because the stranger you anonymously emailed knows you probably have $2000 in cash on your person to buy that camera. Continue...