Toronto. In 1930, Leitz began marketing the tiny Leica with an interchangeable lens mount. According to Dennis Laney in his “Leica Collectors Guide” of September 1992, The medium telephoto 9 cm Elmar was one of the first three lenses added to the fold. The version in 1931-2 used the same lens head as future ‘thin’ versions but with a fatter lens mount similar to that on a 73mm Hektor lens.
Less than about 3,000 of these truly odd lens were ever made (the earliest were not rangefinder coupled apparently). I never picked up one although I did see a few offered at PHSC events in the early years of the society. Mine were all the ‘thin’ version – aesthetically more pleasing to me. The image at left is courtesy of Ritz Cam and appears on this website.
The post title is a riff on the now vilified, but great comedian, Bill Cosby’s childhood character Fat Albert and the signature saying, “Hey, Hey, Hey.It’s Fat Albert“.