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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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Rapidwinder for Barnack
Old 03-27-2015   #1
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Rapidwinder for Barnack

Does anyone have one of Tom's Rapidwinders on their Barnack? If so how do you feel about the added weight and size?
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Ive used the Leica SYOOM extensively, which is not nearly as smooth as Toms products.

Ive also used one of Toms Winders on my old M4-2, one word, Awesome!

As for weight, I have pretty big hands, the added base height improved handling for me, and the added weight I never could feel in practice.

Also great for wearing gloves in the winter.
Honestly, I used the cameras advance more often then the lever winder.

Do you plan on buying one new?
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Does anyone have one of Tom's Rapidwinders on their Barnack? If so how do you feel about the added weight and size?
Its a matter of preference - what do YOU find best for your shooting.

That said, Tom's Rapidwinders, whether for the M or Barnack, are far far more reliable and smoother working than Leica's own much more complicated designs.

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I guess I was just thinking ahead, what is on my wish list for the future. I have held several M cameras that had rapidwinders on them and did not find the weight or size to be a drawback (no real experience shooting with one) I do have one M camera that could use a rapidwinder without adaptation but Have three Barnacks and I guess I was thinking of the Barnacks because even with the added weight it still would not weigh as much as my M cameras. The two things that give me pause is 1) will the added weight and size ruin the small jewel like quality that I love about these cameras and 2) I have looked at many, many pictures of Barnack cameras and can not ever remember seeing a picture of one with one on it except for Tom's website.... is this kind of accessory something only popular with the people who can get a original Leica unit to show off and not with shooters?

I know my hands and likes and preferences are probably different than anyone else, I guess I am just hoping to hear what other peoples experiences has been.

I am spending today trying to juggle things around enough to attend the LHSA spring shoot in New Orleans ........ maybe there will be someone there that will have one I can look at
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and while the winding knob is not a deal breaker for me it would be nice to have another option
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The Rapidwinder for the IIIf/IIIg/IIIc is truly limited. I think I have made about 20 of them in total. They can be a bit of a problem as all these cameras are 60+ years old and if used heavily, they have wear on the drives and can be difficult to make them work smoothly. Once set up - they work well, but they should really be designated to one body as the small differences between the bodies can give problems. At the moment I have two to finish and a couple for my own cameras (IIIg and a IIIf).
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Thanks for the info Tom .... when you say "once they have been set up" what does that involve?
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