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Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com It is almost never that an inventor improves on a Leica product so that it is better than the original Leica product. Tom holds that distinction with his RapidWinder for Leica M rangefinders -- a bottom mounting baseplate trigger advance. In addition Tom manufacturers other Leica accessories such as his very popular Soft Release and MiniSoftRelease shutter releases. Tom is well known as one of the true Leica rangefinder experts, even by Leica. IMPORTANT READ THIS: CWE Forum hosts have moderation powers within their forum. Please observe copyright laws by not copying and posting their material elsewhere without permission.

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Old 04-01-2012   #51
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Beautiful Erik, congrats! Seeing this makes me miss my Black S3 2000. They're all such beautiful cameras and I still enjoy a great SP from back in the day.

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Old 04-01-2012   #52
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Nikon S2, Nikkor-S.C 50mm f/1.4, Tmax100.

This was stopped down to f/2. The unsharp corners at this aperture are characteristic of the lens.

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Old 04-01-2012   #53
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Nikon S2, Nikkor-S.C 50mm f/1.4, Tmax100.

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Old 04-01-2012   #54
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Damn, Eric. These are mighty fine. Those two pix sent me to KEH to see how much a Millenium S3 is going for these days. Film and developer?

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Old 04-01-2012   #55
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Ben, Tmax 100 and Ilford Perceptol.

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Old 04-01-2012   #56
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Just amazing. Well seen.
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Time to give TMAX 100 another try
Old 04-10-2012   #57
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Time to give TMAX 100 another try

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Ben, Tmax 100 and Ilford Perceptol.

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Erik: inspired by your picture, I have six 100-foot rolls of TMAX100 sitting on the kitchen counter. It is definitely time to try TMAX again! Thanks for the inspiration.

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Old 04-10-2012   #58
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Ben: Good luck, happy shooting!

Another one, now with the lens stopped down (altough it's better to use the f/2 Nikkor here).

Nikon S2, NIKKOR-S.C 1:1.4 f=5cm No.361184, Tmax100.

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Old 04-10-2012   #59
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Ben: Good luck, happy shooting!

Another one, now with the lens stopped down (altough it's better to use the f/2 Nikkor here).

Nikon S2, NIKKOR-S.C 1:1.4 f=5cm No.361184, Tmax100.

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Is he using a wooden shoe as bait or did he catch it?
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Is he using a wooden shoe as bait or did he catch it?
No, it is a beautiful day and there are many boats on the little river. When a boat comes, he opens the small bridge (for pedestrians only) and he holds out his wooden shoe so that the captain can put his fee into it.

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I prefer Beutler developer with 100 iso films. This is the ORWO UN 54 (ORWO's movie stock) - rated at 100 iso. Developed on Beutler 1 part A, 1 part B and 10 parts of water for 7 minutes.
Nikon S2 and older Nikkor 50mm f1.4.
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Tmax 100 in Beutler 1 part A, 1 Part B and 10 parts of water. Developed for 7 minutes.
Nikon S3, Nikkor 35mm f2.5
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The 50mm f/2 is also a very nice lens.

Nikon S2, NIKKOR-H.C 1:2 f=5cm No. 653635, Tmax400 (in Perceptol 1:2).

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Nikon S2, NIKKOR-H.C 1:2 f=5cm No.653635, Tmax400.

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Tmax 100 in Beutler 1 part A, 1 Part B and 10 parts of water. Developed for 7 minutes.
Nikon S3, Nikkor 35mm f2.5

GORGEOUS Tom...so Rich in Tones,Shadows & Contrast
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Nikon S2 Black dial and Voigtlander S Skopar 25mm f4.0. This is the same formula as the original Snap Shot Skopar 25. One of the great "unsung" heroes in the Voigtlander line-up.
This is the "Card Lady" in her fully equipped van. Light was flat,probably around 5.6 with ORWO 54 movie stock (100 iso) in Pyrocat HD, semi stand development for 40 min.
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Old 04-15-2012   #67
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Nikon S2, NIKKOR-H.C 1:2 f=5cm No.653635 @ f/2, Tmax400.

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Old 04-26-2012   #68
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Tom, have you ever tried the Nikkor 2.8cm f/3.5 rangefinder lens?

Nikon S2, Nikkor 2.8cm f/3.5, Tmax400.

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Old 06-10-2012   #69
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I have just started the somewhat Sisifysian project of developing 50+ rolls of Arista 400 Premium in Pyrocat HD. This is the result of going to Europe for 4 weeks, shooting only with Nikon Rf's (and one F with the 12f5.6 on it). Two SP's and two S3's. 12/21/28/35/50 and the 85f3.5.
I did do a handful of rolls before going, just to check speeds etc on the bodies. Takes me a week or so to get used to the focussing etc. One advantage with the nikon Rf's is that they are quite light and small. I can easily carry two in the bag and one around my neck without too much swearing about the weight.
The main reason for the Nikon's was the NHS meeting in Paris - and the fact that I have really only shot extensively in Paris before with M's - just wanted to try something new. Just did 10 rolls tonight - looks okay hanging up to dry - so tomorrow I will start doing some 15 roll batches.
Did go to Wetzlar - home of Leica and though the locals glared at me - they did not go all crazy and burn me at the stake as a heretic.
Once I am through - i will put something up here and on Flickr.
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Welcome home Tom.

Any highlights from the NHS convention? Everyone doing well?

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Old 06-10-2012   #71
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Vick, it was a good meet. Some really interesting presentations, Ulli on the German Nikkor's (i did not know that they were branded Nikkors until 1970!!). A S2X prototype with strange + in the finder - showing 85/105/135 frame lines. Two known and supposedly a third one exiists. Bob Rogan gave a very informative presentation on the Nikonos - lots of stuff I did not know about those beasts. Always liked them though - and in Vancouver it does make sense!
Bob Rotoloni had adopted a bit of a "pirate" look with an eyepatch ( retinal problem - now fixed).
My battered SP came in credible 2nd in the "Worst Looking - still functioning" Nikon competition.
The winner looked really battered (the camera - not the owner).
Lots of good food and wine to go with the all that information.
I like the NHS meeting, no politics, short presentations and a minor swap meet. Did not buy anything (a first?) and the next day it was the Bievre swap meet - 3-4 or 500 tables with stuff, lots of old brass lenses (too heavy for handluggage travel only) and books and photos galore.
I only bought 90 meters of Polypan F though.
Next meet (2014) could possibly be in San Fransisco - though somebody suggested Sydney, Australia too.
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Ceiling structure at the Vancouver Airport.
Nikon S3 and 35f1.8. Arista Premium 400 in Pyrocat HD, semistand for 18 min.
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Tom, 50 rolls??? Wow! What a backlog to work through. Amazing.

All of you Nikon rangefinder users have got me hooked now. The camera mostly just gets out my way. Can't ask much more than that. This weekend, I was bicycling along the Jersey Shore when I came upon a group of scuba divers getting ready for their dive. I noticed this one fellow in a wheel chair. Struck up a conversation and got his permission for a portrait. He suggested that I stick around because that would be the best way for me see how he'd get fitted with his tank. Before and after pix below.

S2 50/1.4.Agfa Copex Rapid in 1+50 Rodinal semi-stand. Supposed not a good combination. But I don't know any better.

This fellow, Carlos, was a US Marine who served in Vietnam. His doctors think that exposure to Agent Orange (filled with dioxin and other nasty stuff) is what led to Carlos losing the use of his legs. When he was first disabled, a friend of his, also disabled, said, as Carlos was struggling with the weight of this life change, "Now your life begins." And, apparently, it has.



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Helen, thanks.
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