My name is Ananda Joinet, a professional photographer and videographer and part of the Sony Europe Imaging Creators team. I was born in Limousin, a region in the centre of France and it puts me at the heart of my favourite playground: nature.
I have been fascinated by nature, animals and art since my childhood, and photography very quickly became a passion, as a way of expressing what I loved. Capturing the emotions I feel from being in nature is an important part of my work.
When I head out on a shoot, whether for animal or landscape photography, or even a vlogging expedition, I attach great importance to the not only the quality of the kit I'm using, but also the size and weight. The FE 20-70mm is compact, feels very solid in the hand but is also surprisingly light. I am quite small (!) so a heavy, bulky lens can quickly become a handicap. The fact that this lens offers a much wider focal length than usual for a standard zoom gives me much more flexibility, whether I'm shooting portraits, landscapes or simply filming footage of my trips. To me it's the perfect travel lens, without compromising speed or quality.
As with all my Sony lenses, it works beautifully with the integrated functions of my Alpha 7 IV, particularly the AF tracking and Eye AF systems. Once you've used these technologies, it's hard to even think about going back to an older AF system, and it's one of the reasons I always use genuine Sony lenses!. With that said, I will sometimes still use manual focus and I was pleased to see the addition of a chunky focusing ring.
The aspect of the lens which intrigued me most was the extended focal length range. Having a standard zoom that starts at 20mm instead of the usual 24mm is an undeniable advantage. In real terms, it gave me much more flexibility when it came to framing shots. Sometimes there is a compromise on the composition, and you have to omit an element that would work well, but you simply don't have enough angle of view to compose as you'd like to. With the 20-70mm I didn't feel like I had these restrictions at all. I like wide shots, and I often shoot with the Sony PZ 16-35mm f/4 G, which is a fantastic lens, but the 20-70mm focal length means that I'd be happy taking just the one lens out on a landscape shoot.
Generally when shooting landscapes, I'm using apertures around f/8 or smaller to maintain my depth of field, but I was interested to see how the lens performed wide open. For an f/4 lens it gave a delightfully smooth and even bokeh, and it made me think that it would be a great lens for portraiture too.
Every now and then, a lens comes along that breaks the mould of what we're used to using, and this is exactly that kind of lens. I was able to travel light, without compromise on focal length flexibility, and was extremely impressed with how it handled whatever I threw at it. This lens has quickly become my go-to for landscapes and I can't wait to try it on some portraits soon.