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The Elmar - or rather : f=9 cm 1:4 lenses for the Leica could be the theme of a specific collection.

We had a total 43 9 cm Elmars, 8 Elmar-Cs and 3 Wollensak in our Fontenelle collection. The serial numbers for the Elmars included one unnumbered, 96833 and 135185 for the three "fats" we had; 284147 for the oldest "slim" one; then numbers in everything from 320xxx to 2090xxx. Our Elmar-C belonged to 2572xxx, 2574xxx, 2575xxx, 2576xxx and 2577xxx batches.

We give a photo of a dozen of these lenses, including Elmars "fat", black and chrome, all chrome, chrome and vulcanite, screw- or bayonet-mount, collapsible, -C, and also a Wollensak.




Next, a photo of the evolution of three "classical" post-war screw-mount 9 cm Elmars : from left to right, all-chrome, chrome and vulcanite with chrome front ring and same with black front ring



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