August 22, 2016
Posted in reviews

70-200mm GM lens lens to ship “sometimes in September”. New video reviews and tests


Sony G Master 70-200 Hands On Review For Shooting Video.

Sony informed the dealers that they expect to ship a new Stock of 70-200mm GM lenses “sometimes in September”. I guess it’s more likely this means by “end of September” otherwise they would have a more precise shipping info. Check the 70-200mm GM in Stock status at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera. Amazon PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.

And now let’s check out the latest 70-200mm GM test videos:
Sony 70-200 G-Master Initial Sports Review (Volleyball) by ThatCameraGuy
(4K) Battle of the Sony Long Range Zooms | Sony 70-300 vs 70-200 vs 24-240 by Noba Tech
SONY 70-200 mm G MASTER – Test und Vorstellung | DEUTSCH

August 22, 2016
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Backcountry Snowboarding in 4K | Jeremy Jones | Sony

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at,, Bhphoto, eBay and
Podcast: Why Is 4K Video in a Point-and-Shoot Camera? (Explora).
Back to School Buying Guide 2016 (Adorama Learning Center)
Indie rock music video shot with the A7SII and an anamorphic lens (SonyAlphaForum).
Film photography makes a stunning comeback (EuropeanCeo)
switched from a Canon-Nikon system to the Sony Alpha 7 series (Emin Kuliyev).
Samyang AF 1.4/50 samples and review at swedish Cyberphoto
Zeiss Planar 50mm FE review (Focus Numerique)
To write a guest post on SAR follow the instruction on that page.

Xabier:Let me send you a little video I´ve made with the incredible Sony A7SII. I´ve tested the SLOG 2 & 3 capabilities, as well as it´s 100 fps technology.
The downsides I´ve seen with the A7SII are its poor CDAF and the poor results of the SLOG3 when shooting the skyes, due to it´s 8 bit codec.
Apart from that, it´s an awesome camera: The Lowlight sensitivity is amazing, as well as the superb Dinamic Range and the On-sensor stabilizing system.

August 21, 2016
Posted in deals

Up to $280 off on Sony E-mount cameras and lenses at BestBuy



BestBuy added a new Stock of Open Box Sony E-mount cameras and lenses on their eBay page (Click here). A few direct links:

$285 off on the Sony A7rII
$200 off on the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens
$240 off on the Sony FE 24-200mm lens
$225 off on the Zeiss 24-7mm FE lens
$200 off on the Zeiss 55mm FE lens
$160 off on the Sony A6300 with kit lens
$130 off on the Sony 90mm FE macro lens
$75 off on the Black 55-210mm E-mount lens
$75 off on the Silver 55-210mm E-mount lens

The brand new Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Full Frame E-mount autofocus lens can be preordered bow at BHphoto (Click here). It costs $849 and it will ship on October 4.
For a limited time and quantity you can buy the fast Lexar SD dual pack card for $34.95 at BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Lens for Sony E-Mount at BHphoto (Click here).
The Easycover for the Sony A63000 is in Stock at BHphoto and Amazon.
The new Sony Water/Dust/Shock/Bend Proof SD cards are now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
The new Rokinon 50mm FE f/1.4 autofocus lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) and at BHphoto (Click here).

August 21, 2016
Posted in reviews

Best tripod for A7 Series under 1.3kg (2.8lb) and over 130cm height (Guest Post by Steve Lawlors)


The following article is a Guest Post by Steve Lawlors. To write a guest post on SAR follow the instruction on that page.

I have done a study of travel tripods in search of a suitable yet lighter one than the Promaster X525 at 1.25kg that I currently use.

I want to hear from anyone who knows of a lightweight tripod thats not a tabletop low height model, or over 1.3kg (2.8lb), there are tens of good travel tripods between 1.3kg and 2kg (Read discussion at SonyAlphaForum).

I am religious about weight and compact size, why I never bought a DSLR in the past and waited a painful two years when I had the money to buy my first full frame dslr, for the A7r to come out.
My Lowepro Protactic 450AW backpack is about 8.5kg fully packed with A7r, 24-70, 16/35, F20m, F60m, lotsa batteries and other lightweight accessories. Although I usually put my batteries and tripod in my suitcase, I want to get the whole kit closer to 7kg or at least under 8 so I can go cabin baggage with the lot when flying.

I can’t find a better tripod than the Promaster X525 that I currently use, believe me I want to find one lighter with minimal compromise but I cant, if anyone else can beat its specs for the A7r with a strong focus on lower weight without losing reasonable height please reply.

Let me summarize features of the top contenders that I found in order of importance to me……all weights include the head.

Must have features in bold, Nice to haves in italic underlined


Promaster X525 V

Store Links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Weight: 1.25kg (2.7lb)
Height: 160cm
Folded Length 40cm (with Head)
Weight Hook: Yes
Spirit levels: Yes 2
Monopod: Yes
Cost US$170
Cons: plate too big, can’t tilt A7r screen when attached, not a big deal but an annoyance.

Promaster also have a carbon version, X525c that has identical features to the X525 at $300 it is 960g, thats 290g less for 80% more in cost, the X525 is on par with the T-024x below but $60 more and 20cm more on height.

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Manfrotto befree Carbon

Store Links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Weight: 1.1kg (2.4lb)
Height: 144cm
Folded Length 40cm (with Head)
Clip legs (I recon this is much better and faster than the screw in types but have not used yet)
Weight Hook: No
Spirit levels: No
Monopod: No
Cost US$350
Cons: Price and items missing above, height is low, not much gain in weight loss 150g.



Sirui T-024x

Store Links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
successor of the T-025x, its updated with an adjustable centre column which I hear was a big stability weakness of the T-025x but unfortunately it adds 120g of weight making it 920g
Weight: 920g (2lb)
Height: 139cm
Folded Length 40cm (with Head)
Weight Hook: Yes
Spirit levels: No
Monopod: No
Cost US$269
Cons: low height
You could add the E or KX series ball head which have spirit levels but they add 80g for the E and 150g in weight for the KX, but I believe the T-024 comes with the C-10 head so you would have to buy two heads in total making it expensive.


Sirui T-025x

Store Links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Weight: 800g (1.76lb) (various websites from Sirui’s to Adorama to BH photo give different weights for this tripod, showing the tripod as 700g with the head listed separately at 200g etc, but I think these are errrors and with head its 800G.
Height: 139cm
Folded Length 34cm (30 without head)
Weight Hook: Yes
Spirit levels: No
Monopod: No
Cost US$239
Cons: low height, stability issue described here http://www.dpreview…./thread/3235300

You can remove the fixed central column to resolve the stability issue but height goes to 95cm
Mark Galer reviews tye T025x briefly and other tripods here http://www.markgaler…he-tiny-tripods

My Conclusion:
1) The Befree is too expensive for just 150g less than the x525 and looses a lot of its nice to have features,
2) The Sirui T-024x is 330g less than the x525, its tempting but not enough weight loss to justify buying a new one
3) I would love the T-025x at 800g but the stability issue is stopping me currently
4) I struggle to justify the 80% more ($130) for the X525c compared to the X525, however at just 160g over the Sirui T025x and not loosing on height that looks like my best choice for my next tripod.

Currently I am tied between,
i) Sirui T025x (Unstable, 20cm less, 160g less and 6 cm less packed down) and
ii) Promaster X525c ($130 more, 20cm more and more stable)

But I am very strict on weight, so for anyone reading this I would recommend the X525 at $170 as the stand out winner here, after all I will keep that and buy a lighter model so I will have both, therefore maybe the lure of the 800g Sirui will take me before year end as my second tripod:)

Cheers, Steve
Lawlors Landscapes

August 21, 2016
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection


René Gamper‎
I took this shoot with the A6300 and the Samyang 12mm F2.0
You can find this and more Pictures from me on 500px

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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