Mekanisk Museum Kruså, Oldtimermuseum Krusau, Leica SL 75mm f2 | ©

Close-up: With the Leica SL 75mm f2 asph lens. visiting the Mekanisk Museum Krusau

Our photographic equipment is as minimalistic as possible. Whatever we like about the concept of a leica, we also implement quantitatively in the photo bag. We only have the essentials with us. The Leica SL 75mm f2 asph lens has been added. And we tell you why.

Why a lens with 75mm focal length and why not a Leica M?

Almost all pictures at are made with the Leica M and the M lenses. Most pictures even analog. Now a Leica SL has moved in with us and is currently the Leica APO Summicron 1: 2 75mm asph. Why such a heavy lens and why not a focal length of 50mm or 90mm?

The Leica M is the most polite camera, photographer Jim Rakete once said. Apart from that, the camera is the most beautiful for us personally, which can also be called a camera. But the Leica M has an area for which it is only suitable to a very limited extent – the close-up area. And it is precisely this area that we criminally neglected in our articles. With our M lenses, the smallest section was simply too large and the effect of the depth of field was difficult to estimate.

After long deliberations, we favor the focal lengths 35 and 75mm for our reports, so that we can display a large cross-section with little luggage. The fact that two systems, namely Leica M and Leica SL coexist and complement each other instead of competing at first feels strange, but is understandable in practice.

The Leica M is the classic reportage camera par excellence. Focal lengths of 28mm to 50mm are ideal for you. For the close-up range, the Leica M lens with 75mm focal length has one of the smallest object fields and therefore one of the largest possible imaging standards. But, the Leica M 75mm is difficult to focus precisely. You can ask who you want in practice.

This is exactly where the Leica SL Summicron APO 1: 2 75mm asph .. just right. In practice, this lens is beyond any doubt. A small object field and a focal length that you don’t have to change as often, because it can also be used to take streets and the waffle with cherries and cream. Combined with a Leica M focal length 35mm, which I can put on the SL as on the M, of course with an adapter.

Today we approached the 75mm focal length and devoted ourselves to close-up photography. We visit the Mekanisk Msusem near Krusau near the German-Danish border and move the old metal close to the skin.

Aperture 1.4 was yesterday

Now we save you with these strange and overwhelming reviews, from testers and those who think they are. Photography couldn’t be more boring than looking for errors on the screen with a magnifying glass. Photography is emotional and so we pass on our feelings from practice. In this case from our practice with the Leica APO Summicron 1: 2 75mm asph.

First of all: With this lens, the Leica APO Summicron 1: 2 75mm asph. you don’t take better pictures if you haven’t been able to take reasonable pictures before. And the first pictures with the Leica APO Summicron 1: 2 75mm asph. you can spare the public with a clear conscience. The Leica APO Summicron 1: 2 75mm asph. needs practice, a constant approach. Both the focal length as well as the lens and the focus range. Without further ado, the Leica APO Summicron 1: 2 75mm asph. not to be mastered, but if you have accepted it all along the line, you will hardly want to do without it.

The focal plane, even at aperture 2.0, is only a few mm thin at close range. Especially with spatial depth you should leave your dream of only taking pictures with aperture 2.0. On the lettering of the tractor, I would perhaps be able to reproduce a letter sharply with an aperture of 1: 2. The aperture 2 has taken on the dimensions of the popular aperture 1.4 in such a way that I dare to say that Leica will foreseeably take the Summilux SL 1.4 50mm out of the program, since even bokeh fetishists will prefer the lighter variant with “only” aperture 2.

p.s. All pictures shown here are JPEG directly from the camera, unprocessed.

Fascination with mechanics

We actually prefer to photograph historical discoveries with a historical camera such as the Leica M. But sometimes it requires new ways of looking at it, be it in choosing the focal length or in the camera. But back to the essentials: this is impressively demonstrated in the Mekanisk Museum Krusau. Numerous old tractors and oldtimers always manage to arouse our emotions. And maybe capture emotionally. Maybe even with a lens like the Leica APO Summicron 1: 2 75mm asph. Arose from an exciting history for a very exciting future.

Infos Mekanisk Musem Sønderjylland in Krusau can be found here.