UPDATE: My pal and occasional Photofocus co-host Scott Kelby has also weighed in on 500px. See his thoughts at ScottKelby.com.
This week I finally got a chance to look it over and play with it for a minute and I must say, so far I am mostly impressed.
Let’s start with the elephant in the room. The Terms of Service at 500px check out just fine for me personally. The company is based in Canada so they are bound by Canadian Copyright law which is very close to US Copyright law. I can’t give you legal advice, but suffice it to say you wouldn’t see one single photo on the site from me if I thought there was any reason to be concerned about the 500px TOS. For me, it’s one of the cleanest in the industry.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s look at what you get. You get the opportunity to post up to 20 photos a week free of charge. The system is easy to use and works well, so long as you have a supported Web browser. Note that Camino is NOT supported which is a shame because that is my personal favorite browser, but Safari works fine.