December 6, 2016
Posted in reviews

Stores are now shipping out the 70-200mm GM August preorders


The Sony 70-200mm GM Lens was announced 10 months ago and it’s still impossible to find it in Stock anywhere in the world. The small good news is that it seems something changed this week: SAR readers informed me that August preorders on various US stores are now shipping out.

I have no reliable info about the cause of that huge delay. My guess is that Sony had to fix some sort of issues on the production line or on the lens design. Meantime check out the Sony 70-200 G-Master Video Review by That1cameraguy to learn more about the lens that one day might be yours :)

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at Amazon PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.

UPDATE: And here is the full review from John Sison:

December 6, 2016
Posted in reviews

New Sony A6500 reviews


Sony a6500 Overheating Solved?

First Look at the Sony a6500 APS-C Mirrorless Camera by Fstoppers. That’s what they write about the new Touch Focus:

Where I find Touch Focus to be most useful is while shooting barely moving or stationary subjects and I’m simply recomposing my framing. This is a very basic use, but for a reason. The touchscreen suffers from some lag between the time you press it to when it activates. I also found it difficult to drag my finger around to track a subject while at the same time keeping my composition and timing my capture moments. Even with these setbacks, I appreciated using it while photographing scenes where there were many potential subjects such as a concert with multiple people on stage in front of the lens. I could find a certain framing I really liked and then quickly tap which band member I wanted to be in focus before getting the shot off. It’s much faster than doing it manually in this scenario.

A6500 review by Hello Mikee:

It’s shaping out to be one of the best compact cameras I’ve ever owned and while it has ticked all the major specs I need in order to be the ultimate travel camera, its also the ultimate companion to the a7R II.


Sony A6500 review with Gordon and Doug

A6500 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera. In EU at, Fotomundus, WexUK. PCHstore.

December 6, 2016
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


How I Adapt Canon lenses to my Sony Mirrorless Cameras

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay,,,,,
Is Capture One really a better Raw converter than Lightroom? (Mark Galer).
FRAMOS Expert Talk on SONY’s CMOS production and future sensor innovations (Youtube interview with Sony).
PXW-Z450 Promotion Video (Sony on Youtube).
Zeiss Batis 18/2.8 in the Columbia River Gorge (Eric Berger on Youtube).
Miniature Formula 1 Series (SonyAlphaForum).

To write a guest post on SAR follow the instruction on that page.

Eduardo Mugica: I made a video of what i think is a 24 -70 GM Bug with a7RII


December 5, 2016
Posted in deals

Sony A7sII now sells with extra free $300 gift card (free gifts with SAR codes)



You get an additional $300 gift card for free on the Sony A7sII sold by Bhphoto, Focuscamera and Adorama. And SAR reader will get a special deal on those three Sony cameras. By adding the coupon code you will get an additional free bag and free SD card:
$100 gift card + free bag + free 128GB card on the A6300 at FocusCamera (Click here). Use code “ALPHARUMORS6300FC” at checkout.
$300 gift card + free bag + free 128GB card on the A7sII at FocusCamera (Click here). Use code “ALPHARUMOR7SIIFC” at checkout.
$100 gift card + free bag + free 64GB card on theRX100m3 at FocusCamera (Click here). Use code “ALPHARUMORS100MFC” at checkout.

Big Amazon deal reminder:


There is a special 15% back offer on Sony products at Amazon US (Click here to read the details). And click those links to see the full list of elegible cameras (here) and lenses (here). This is how it works:

Through December 10, get 15% back on select Sony products shipped from and sold by when you pay in full with the Amazon Prime Store Card. That’s a 10% bonus in addition to the everyday 5% back you can earn on all purchases. This 10% Sony bonus excludes Sony PlayStation, video games, and digital content.

Example: If you buy the Sony A7rII you get $480 back on your amazon prime card to spend on other stuff!

December 5, 2016
Posted in deals

At last! Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE preorders started at BHphoto



Starting from today you can preorder the new Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE lens at BHphoto (Click here). The lens costs $799 and expected availability is Jan 30, 2017.


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