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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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Tom's Softies will continue
Old 01-09-2017   #1
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Tom's Softies will continue

Tuulikki let me know that Tom's Softies, and possibly other products as well, will continue.

Tom started producing his machined soft releases about 19 years ago in response to cheaper stamped products often failing to seat properly in the camera, sometimes jamming shutter releases, and even sometimes damaging the camera.

Since then an endless line of imitators have aimed at the niche marketplace Tom created.

Get the best, Tom's Soft Release.

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This is good news. i got a large and a small softie recently and love them. the large one lives on my M2.
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Thats Great to hear !!
My Favorite softie I lost ... it was the special Edition 'RFf' version

Tom then told me a secret to keeping softies... a dab of nail polish before you screw it in will secure it nicely
At present am using Tom's ying/yang softie
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I hope we see atleast a small stream of rapidwinders still for sale new.

I mean there has to be some unfinished pieces sitting around?

I for one had been mulling around buying one new this coming spring when I have more expendable income.
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Thanks for the news Stephen. I will definitely be grabbing a few in the coming months; I always meant to and never had.
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Good News. I was looking at them last week, will have to take a closer look now. Very sorry to hear of Tom's passing.
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I just ordered one chrome and one black as back up; good to hear they will live on.
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I just ordered one chrome and one black as back up; good to hear they will live on.
Same here. I had bought a mini in December and have loved it. I just heard of his passing and picked up a few as backups. I exchanged a few emails with him in late November and he was very nice.
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