MEKANISK MUSEUM SØNDERJYLLAND + LEICA SL 2.0 75MM
Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland / Kruså + Leica SL 2.0 75mm
We are showing a large selection of pictures from the Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland, just a few kilometers north of Flensburg. All pictures were taken with the fixed focal length Leica SL 2.0 75mm. The Mekanisk Museum Krusau has a very exciting collection of partly rare tractors, vintage cars, two-wheelers and agricultural equipment.
The danger when taking photos in technical museums is that you often cannot see the forest for the trees. One is tempted to choose a wide angle to get the exhibits like the old tractors in the Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland completely in the picture. Wide-angle lenses have the advantage that they are consistently sharp, even when only slightly stopped down. But when designing images in crowded rooms, this advantage quickly becomes a disadvantage.
They might say I’m crazy if I portray a museum crammed with vintage cars only with a focal length of 75mm.
But sometimes it feels good to break new ground and I’ve been using the rather unique Leica SL 2.0 75mm for some time. This differs in that the usual unsharp area is not blurred beyond recognition, but that instead of sharpness the contrast decreases. This enabled me to see the entire contours outside of the sharply focused area when using the Leica SL 2.0 75mm, without actually losing my focus on the details.
The edges in the focused area are rendered absolutely sharp, outside the edges are simply soft.
Now the Leica SL 2.0 75mm is the first lens with which I can even discover the fixed focal length of 75mm. Have I always worked with the focal length 1.4 50mm or 2.8 / 90mm before?
But even when working mainly with the focal lengths of 75mm and 35mm, I am not disappointed with the practice of this focal length.
When choosing the Leica SL 2.0 75mm lens, there were a few points that made me choose this focal length. It’s a focal length between normal and small telephoto, so I don’t need to switch back and forth between 50 and 90mm. Yes, there are zoom lenses, but I get along great with prime lenses for a variety of reasons.
The decision in favor of 75mm was based on the large image scale, the minimal required distance to the object and the rapid transition from the sharpness level to the unsharp area.
In the Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland, for example, I mainly take photos of sections and thus get more emotional images than if I take them with a wide-angle lens or smartphone. If you observe yourself, you notice how you are looking for details and at that moment fade out the environment, i.e. not see. This is exactly what I can do with the Leica SL 2.0 75mm.
In the ideal case, achieving with image details is that the viewer’s eye catches a moment, that the viewer begins to search, wander, and discover in the image.
Alone with a fixed focal length like with the Leica SL 2.0 75mm I am already forced to look for sections and discover exciting details just by taking photos, such as a spark filter on the exhaust of the tractor, which should prevent dryness during the harvest Grain ignited. Well, that didn’t quite work in practice, but the idea was born and encouraged competition.
In the Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland near Flensburg you can discover these and many other exciting developments in agriculture over the past 100 years. There are many curiosities that make you smile.
The whole contrast is the state-of-the-art Leica SL 2.0 75mm lens, which I’m not quite sure about swapping for the Leica M 2.0 75mm. Because the Leica M, with which I also take analogue photos, has become very dear to my heart with its system and, thanks to its modern development, fits in very emotionally with the surroundings of the Mekansik Museum Sønderjylland.
But in the Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland you can discover not only old tractors but also the whole environment of a farm. There are the beautiful tin cans with their incomparable patina, there are the ever-functioning hand tools, which will still work without any problems 100 years from now. Incidentally, like the mechanical Leica rangefinder cameras.
There is a small shoemaker’s workshop in Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland, as well as a bottling plant or a drive. Built to last. And built so that you can dream back in time of real craftsmanship, of real handcraft. Much was harder, but no worse than today. The epoch shown here in the Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland was definitely more sustainable.
Again and again we discover real old-timers, although not to the same extent as the tractors, but very carefully selected.
How about the first real Volkswagen, of which around 10 million copies were built. No, that wasn’t the VW Beetle, it was the Ford T. As a Blechliesel, he played the third leading role in the series Dick und Doof with Oliver Hardy and Sten Laurel.
To comfort all VW fans, the Beetle broke the sales record for the Ford T.
But how do you photograph a classic car like the Ford T? In an environment where furniture was once sold and vehicles are now on carpeted floors? Not a suitable setting right?
But the Leica SL 2.0 75mm triggers the background in such a way that it again fits the vehicle well. Some boring neon lights become big city lights, some glass doors become shop window fronts. In any case, images are created which ideally stimulate your own imagination. Unfinished pictures that create space.
The development of the Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland near Flensburg continues. The Oldtimer Museum on the Flensburg Fjord remains true to its line. I was allowed to take a look into the locked halls, where many a treasure is waiting to be reborn.
When I hold the Leica SL 2.0 75mm in my hand, I ask myself what development can still go here. Sometimes stepping back is better progress. And so there are some farmers who would like to buy one of these old tractors. To use it. Similar to old Leica lenses, which are much too good for the display case.
If you come to southern Denmark, we definitely recommend a visit to the Mekanisk Museum Sønderjylland. Even our son, who was not even two years old, didn’t want to go home anymore. Every time he rushes through the exhibition with enthusiasm. And with the same enthusiasm, Geritt from the Mekansik Museum Sønderjylland tells an exciting or curious story about each vehicle.
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