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With so many great camera stores, Orange County captures what is best about having a unique spectrum of options available. Whether you’re an amateur photographer looking to pick up a new camera, looking to rent, or you’re looking for a repair, these top 5 camera shops have something for everyone.
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OC Camera
27680 Marguerite Pkwy Ste B
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 347-1276

Boasting itself as Orange County’s most knowledgeable professional camera store, OC Camera is one of many strong options for photography enthusiasts, and it always receives positive feedback for its repair services. Here, you’ll also find both new and used camera equipment including the latest digital cameras, printers, accessories and backs, as well as rare and collectable cameras. With a friendly staff and expert service, this traditional camera store also carries a wide variety of digital and analog, including new Nixon, Olympus, Fuji, Leica and more.

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Bill’s Camera
6022 Warner Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 842-8801

Whether you’re in the market for digital cameras or video, lenses or film, Bill’s Camera offers a wide variety of products as well as rental equipment and a full-service printing lab where you can get all your needs met. In addition to the latest technology and hard to find items that can be found here, Bill’s Camera is also well known for their great reputation and its quality service. With a knowledgeable staff that will answer any of your questions, a complete listing of offerings includes cameras, lenses, photographic supplies, film processing, photo restoration, retouching, repairs, enlargements, darkroom supplies, accessories, bags, photo paper and albums. No matter how you frame it, Bill’s Camera receives accolades for satisfying customer needs and strives to build long term relationships with its customers.

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Camera Tech
1347 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 535-0993

If you need your camera fixed, Anaheim’s Camera Tech offers reasonable pricing and a very quick turnaround time. As one of the last independent repair shops, Mike Moss has been running the store for over 30 years providing dependable, friendly and genuinely helpful service. Specializing in repairing point-and-shoot cameras, lenses, projectors, DSLRs and more, the store might be cluttered but it will get whatever job you need done.

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The Used Camera Store
545 W. 18th St. Ste A
Costa Mesa, CA 92628
(949) 645-9161

Offering up rare vintage camera finds, this store cannot be matched for its photographic services and equipment. You simply won’t find another spot with such a unique combination of cameras, no matter how far you drive (or ride your bike). Here, you’ll find everything from vintage Polaroid cameras to rangefinders (Kodak, Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Leica and Olympus), as well as collectables, film and digital cameras. Buy, sell and trade gear at this unique store.

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Dive & Photo
Michelson Marketplace
2272 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 476-8500

While some stores are just trying to keep their heads above water, Dive & Photo is ready to offer something deeper. The store specializes in underwater cameras, photography equipment and underwater photography scuba classes. Classes include two swimming pool store sessions, two pool sessions just two miles from the store, and four sessions in the open water. There is also potential for one free photography lesson from the highly experienced specialist, Joe Liburdi, with your camera purchase. Overall, the staff is knowledgeable about the precise equipment, settings and approaches that underwater photographers dive into learning.

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