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Forum: Sold Items 11-30-2011, 09:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K-5, DA*300, DA* 50-135, Tamron 17-50, 10-17 Fisheye, AF-540fgz Flash, D-BG4 Grip
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 21
Views: 7,505
PM sent RE: 540 flash.
Forum: General Talk 11-30-2010, 07:23 AM  
World's most expensive K-5
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 4
Views: 1,890
I just saw this on Amazon. One of the sellers has a K-5 listed for, now get this, $1.155 million. Wow, I heard the K-5 was a great camera but this particular copy must be REALLY exceptional! Used and New: Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body Only)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-21-2010, 09:24 AM  
Poll: 540 Flash users poll
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 30
Views: 5,115
I have had a 540 get stuck on a K10 body during a wedding that I was photographing at Reynolds Plantation. I put the 540 on the K10 to photograph the bride as she was getting her hair & makeup done and when I tried to remove the flash, the flash disagreed. So basically I had to be very careful during the actual ceremony and reception because I didn't want to break off the flash foot.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-21-2010, 09:20 AM  
TR III Battery Pack & NIMH batteries?
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 4
Views: 2,356
I've been using rechargeable NiMH C cells in the TR III battery pack for a few years and the recycle time is about 2 seconds (!) for a full pop. The only thing I would say is that if your photographing an event or wedding, just be sure to give the flash unit a chance to cool down. I've actually felt the 540 flash head get really warm after a number of full power pops (usually as the bride & groom are leaving the alter).
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-13-2009, 12:35 PM  
LR2 vs Bibble 5
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 20
Views: 11,432
Hi, Ben. I've been using Bibble 4 since Jan. 2007 and I've played around a bit with Bibble 5. Just keep in mind that Bibble 5 is not a fully functional program yet so the latest official (that is, supported) version of Bibble is 4.10. My comments are regarding Bibble 4.10.

- REALLY inexpensive and a great value
- very clean interface with most of the useful features
- several pretty handy built in auto features (stripped down version of noise ninja, perfectly clear)
- allows me to go through the hundreds of pictures from a wedding or event very quickly and efficiently
- fast batch processing

- Bibble 4 was not very stable. I'm not a programmer so I don't know what a kernal exception or whatever means but the program will crash once or twice a month. Requires a reboot.
- Very slow to add new cameras for raw support. I think the lag is a few months from camera release to updated Bibble which supports the new raw files. And Bibble does NOT support dng.

I'll say that the lack of dng support and the lag between updates to support new cameras is a little annoying but the biggest drawback I've had to Bibble is the instability. Fortunately, the program doesn't crash that often but it crashed more than any other program I've bought.

As I said earlier, I've downloaded the Bibble 5 beta but I don't use it much because I don't have a lot of time to learn right now to relearn all of the things I can do currently in Bibble 4. Also, I am very close to switching away from Bibble to Lightroom because of the program crashing. I just haven't made the decision yet because I'll have to shell out a couple of hundred bucks for Lightroom and then I'll have a program that I paid $150 for but am no longer using. I know Bibble 4 is a sunk cost but it's still difficult to move on!
Forum: Sold Items 08-25-2009, 03:57 PM  
For Sale - Sold: TR3 battery pack for AF540FGZ flash
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 3
Views: 1,606
Hmmm, great price but I don't know if I can trust this seller... ;-)

PM sent.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-03-2009, 06:34 PM  
Rechargeable batteries?
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 18
Views: 5,862
I don't know about the best brand but I've been using rechargeables in my flash units since forever. I have 48 (!) low self discharge AA's that I bought from They're relatively inexpensive and I've been satisfied with the performance. I wanted to get eneloops but they were SOOOO much more than the others! I also use Ni-MH rechargeables in the TR-III battery pack (for the 540 flash) and I'm very happy with the performance. I do weddings and events so the fast recycle rate is important.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-18-2009, 06:49 PM  
Hello from the Finger Lakes of New York
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 3
Views: 617
Hi, Dan. Welcome to the forum!
Forum: Sold Items 06-17-2009, 02:30 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Remote Control F (wireless) $10 total including shipping.
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 9
Views: 2,287
PM sent regarding remote.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-12-2009, 06:01 PM Scam or Not?
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 38
Views: 17,270
I live about 2 miles from the KEH offices and I've bought a number of lenses from them. I believe they are an honest business but remember, they are a business. My only "issue" is that they charge me to pick up a lens. It's a couple of bucks but still, how much does it cost to open the door and hand me the lens?

But I have (and will continue) to recommend KEH to anyone looking to buy used photographic equipment.
Forum: Sold Items 05-08-2009, 03:11 PM  
For Sale - Sold: BlackRapid RS-1 Strap
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 2
Views: 2,041
PM sent...
Forum: General Talk 04-05-2009, 11:26 AM  
How do we acquire so much crap?
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 31
Views: 4,964
I bought the strobes recently listed by pingflood so I have a feeling that at some point in the future, I'll be saying the exact same thing! :lol:
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-05-2009, 11:12 AM  
thinking about making a home darkroom
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 12
Views: 4,001
I'm assuming you're already knowledgeable with darkroom procedures. As for equipment, I would be less inclined to buy from ebay mainly because I'm assuming it would be REALLY expensive to ship an enlarger! The last enlarger I owned was a Continental XL and the thing weighed 20+ lbs, had a base that was probably 24" x 24" and was about 30" tall.

As for setting up a home darkroom, here are my thoughts. When I still did my own film developing, I was unable to have a dedicated darkroom so I generally setup a temporary darkroom in a bathroom with no windows. The bathroom was the best option for me because I had access to water, a sink, and an already installed film clip hanger rods (also called a shower curtain rod :) )

The obvious problem with using a bathroom as a darkroom was the copious amount of light leaking around the door so the big thing was to create a light-tight seal around the door. My solution was to take poster board (very heavy paper), cut it into long strips about 4-5 inches wide, and tape those strips to the outside of the door. When installed, the paper strips extended beyond the edge of the door and covered the gap between the door and doorframe. As for the bottom of the door, I generally just used a towel.

Because the darkroom was temporary, I bought a couple of large plastic containers and I kept all of the chemicals, trays, etc. in these containers. I also bought a couple of plastic water bottles to reuse any mixed chemicals but I gave that up pretty quickly because the chemicals generally went bad before I reused them.

Good luck!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-03-2009, 05:16 AM  
Sick of AF complaints
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 284
Views: 26,507
Venturi, I have the same complaint. Do you think it's possible to have a firmware update that's able to restore the previous manual focus speed? Or is this gradual loss of capability expected from my photographic system? ;)
Forum: Sold Items 03-29-2009, 05:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Basic studio lights with accessories, local pickup (Atlanta, GA)
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 3
Views: 1,869
PM sent on the lights.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-25-2009, 04:28 PM  
Dream Assignment/Photo Shoot of a Lifetime: please read and consider voting!
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 100
Views: 10,935
And you have my vote. Good luck!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-22-2009, 05:04 AM  
Memory storage- what do you recommend ?
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 20
Views: 3,136
For me, simplicity and cost are primary factors so I duplicate all files onto 2 external hard drives. I've had a hard drive fail but that wasn't a big deal because I had another copy of all the files so I went out that same day and bought another 500 GB external drive for about $80.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-21-2009, 08:32 AM  
Real Estate Photography
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 16
Views: 6,229
I found a series of photos I took a few years ago which show the perspective issue I previously mentioned.

This first picture is simply to give you a sense of scale; notice the barrister's bookcase in left-hand side of the picture, next to the door way. This case is about 5 feet tall.

The second picture was taken with the camera at eye-level; the bookcase provides a reference for the camera height.

The final picture was taken by holding the camera at about 4 feet.

I hope this helps!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-21-2009, 08:07 AM  
Real Estate Photography
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 16
Views: 6,229
The one suggestion I have is regarding interiors. My experience has been that if you take a picture with the camera at eye level (5-6 feet), there is an usual downward looking perspective. If you simply drop down to about 3-4 feet, you get a much more natural perspective. Try it out for yourself and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Good luck!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-01-2009, 10:17 AM  
Bibble 5 now available for preview
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 8
Views: 4,001
EDIT: I just noticed that the preview version doesn't work with PEF or JPEGS. Well, I guess I'll have to wait until the full release :-(

For the Bibble users out there, the long-awaited Bibble 5 is now available for preview.

This is the Windows download:

and this is the Mac download:

I currently have a valid Bibble 4 license but the B5 install wouldn't accept my license code so I simply requested a trial license. I can't wait to see what the folks in Austin have cooked up with Bibble 5!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-24-2009, 09:29 AM  
Buying Equipment in Atlanta
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 5
Views: 2,305
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of B&M options when it comes to Pentax gear. I've been to Showcase and they have lots of accessories but no Pentax gear (at least when I was there a few months ago.) Sometimes Camera Bug has some Pentax equipment but they're a smaller shop so I don't know if they'll have much in stock. Good luck.
Forum: Sold Items 01-17-2009, 02:09 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 4P Sync Cord B, Off Camera Adapter F, Remote C
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 12
Views: 3,281
Just got the items and they're just as you described. I paid on Wednesday and I got the remote and hotshoe adapter on Saturday so thanks for shipping the items so quickly!
Forum: Sold Items 01-13-2009, 03:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 4P Sync Cord B, Off Camera Adapter F, Remote C
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 12
Views: 3,281
PM sent on all 3 accessories.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-15-2008, 02:10 PM  
Hello from Alpharetta, GA
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 8
Views: 570
And hello from Atlanta!

As for you question regarding what lens to get next, it depends on what you want to do and your budget. But in general, I recommend prime lenses as they are very inexpensive for the optical quality and speed (max aperture).

Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-26-2008, 07:12 AM  
flash drive vs memory card?
Posted By Jun Park
Replies: 4
Views: 3,794
I actually use a microSD card reader as my flash drive because it's as small as any flash drive I've seen.
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