I have a black with chrome version from 1946 (thought it was '49, but I just looked up the serial number). It's a lens I like a lot. I'll have to hunt up some images when I can connect to the external drive
These three were done as test shots a while back on my digital body at the time, an E-P2, to see how the lens performed on modern sensors. Except for levels adjustment to bring contrast up and some conservative sharpening, these are what came out of the camera:
Had the 1946 Elmar 90 f4 out the other day on the Bessa R, and this roadrunner in my friend's front yard, who usually runs away from me, was feeling very gregarious, so I got a couple of shots. Kodak Tmax 400 film developed in Xtol 1:1. These images are from scans, not prints.
I keep making the mistake of saying my 90mm f4 Elmar is from 1949, but it is from 1946. Single coated. This was shot using it adapted to the Fuji X-Pro 1. I've rather liked the results I get with it on digital bodies. I guess I need an M8.