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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 01-06-2017   #1
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Tom Abrahamsson - A Life Well Lived

Tom Abrahamsson was loved by everyone who knew him, an amazing man of incredible kindness, curiosity, optimism and love for life.
And yes, he just happened to know more about photography and Leica than anyone else I ever knew.

Tom also had an almost inexhaustible store of amazing true stories. One of my favorites was being stopped in the back roads of Finland by a motorcycle cop who wanted to see what Tom was transporting on a dark and cold night. The cop peered into the back with his flashlight, only to see the hood of a king cobra raise up in its cage. For some reason he then lost all interest what was in the back seat and was happy to see Tom and his cargo on their way.

Tom successfully battled multiple Myeloma for sixteen years. What are the chances of anyone doing that? I believe his contagious optimism was a big part of that success story.
Tom fell November 29th, hurting his back and limiting his mobility. That started almost daily doctor visits. He checked into the hospital January 1st.
He passed away January 6th 2017 unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack. My deepest condolences to Tuulikki.

He was my friend. I will miss him a lot. But then, Tom was everyone's friend. He was that sort of person.

I think he is heaven now, laughing and talking with Oskar Barnack about how to improve the next Leica M.

God Bless Thomas

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I've just learned that Tom passed away. Although I never met him in person, I had occasion to correspond with him and found him a true gentleman. He'll be sorely missed by the Leica community.
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Old 01-06-2017   #2
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My condolences to his family.
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Old 01-06-2017   #3
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That's a real shock. So sorry. My condolences to family and friends.
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Old 01-06-2017   #4
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He was always such a gentle and kind contributor.
Condolences and warm wishes to all of his family, friends, and admirers.
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Old 01-06-2017   #5
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Wow, that is tough news, he was an iconic figure here and I always appreciated his input. RIP Tom and a big hug to the RFF community...
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Old 01-06-2017   #6
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Oh no, he will be missed.
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Old 01-06-2017   #7
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Unexpected news and sad to hear a great contributor to the community parted. Condolences to friend and family.
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Old 01-06-2017   #8
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So sad...
Condolences to Tuulikki & family.
I will miss you Tom A.
Defistating news.
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Old 01-06-2017   #9
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Oh no. Sad news and I am in shock. I didn't realize he wasn't doing well. I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but he was always a very informative, nice and warm character to RFF and the photography community. I always hoped to one day meet him in person in Canada or Japan...

Condolences to his family and friends.

Tom, you'll be missed. Please say hi to Mr. B.
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My condolences to his family and friends.
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I'm so very sorry to hear this. I thought he was a terrific bloke who kept his passion for photography right up to the end and I'm going to miss seeing his images on Flickr, immensely. I can't ever recall seeing a photo of him in which he wasn't smiling broadly. His passing is a huge loss to the rangefinder forum community. I can only offer my condolences to Tuulikki and his family. He will be very sorely missed, indeed.
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So sad, he will be missed. Condolences to the family.

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oh my God, shock, disbelief
horrible news...
I Loved Tom and will always cherish the time spent with Tom & Tuulikki in NYC
and all the Fun ways Tom could make photography here on Rff so exhilarating

My Love to You Tuulikki ... I am so sorry for your Loss



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Really appreciate all he has done for this community... He was a good friend to a lot of us here on the forum, even if we never met in person. We all share the same passion that drove Tom!
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Oh man. My condolences to his family and partner.
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Tom was a wonderful man and a fine engineer. I remember meeting up with him several times on periodic visits to the San Francisco Bay Area as far back as the 1990s. Always a good humor, always an insightful comment, a great smile, and a good laugh.

Godspeed Tom! You will be missed.

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Old 01-06-2017   #19
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So sorry to hear this. Another larger than life, respected figure in the RFF community passed away.. my condolences to family and friends.
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Old 01-06-2017   #20
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Devastated at the news of Tom's passing. I was fortunate enough to meet him when I was but a smart assed kid of 18 working at a camera store and have counted him a friend and mentor for the 25+ years since. I doubt very much that I will ever meet another man with such copious quantities of knowledge, generosity, joy and eccentricity. The world is a less interesting place without him in it.
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I'm shocked and saddened to hear this.
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Old 01-06-2017   #22
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very sad indeed.... Sending love, thoughts and prayers to his family during this tough time
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Well, that's sad, sobering, and a little hard to believe. Was just looking at his flickr page yesterday. I learned a lot from him here, and via his flickr page. One of the good ones; even though I never met him, I will surely miss him. Just doesn't seem right.
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Oh wow I really didn't expect this, terribly sad news, never had the chance to speak with Tom but he was an icon of RFF and the Leica community, you will be missed, Tom.
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Such sad news, his posts were always so thoughtful and supportive. I will miss his presence as I can see everyone else will.
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I am deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Tom's passing. I indebted to his great advice when I just started out with film and rangefinders. He is a true gentleman who is generous with sharing what he knows. He is one of the reasons why I started and still shoot with my M2. I will miss his photos on Flickr as well as his commentary on lenses he used. Condolences to Tuulikki and family. We will miss him dearly.
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Oh dear. My most sincere condolences to you Tuulikki, I hope he will be spooling XX and mixing Beutler in the great hereafter with Mr. B. by his side.

A most wonderful person has left us. Travel well sir.
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Tom has been such an important part of the RFF community.

R.I.P. Tom.

My condolences to his family and loved ones.
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My deepest condolences. Never met Tom but am a huge fan of him and his work. I'll miss seeing his posts and interactions. Rip
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Tom was truly one of the nicest people I met in photography. A very sad day.
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I will miss his black and white photography shot on his multiple Nikon RF and Leica RF cameras on Eastman Kodak double X film for sure.
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Sad news, he will be missed by the community, condolences to his family and loved ones...
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I am so sad to hear this news. Tom was such a gentleman, and his passion for photography was both tireless and infectious! He was certainly a mentor for me. Tuulikki, you have my deepest condolences. It has been some time since I have seen you both but it was always great fun to visit.

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Oh my gosh, Tom was an absolute gentleman and I thoroughly enjoyed his photography. My love to his family.
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Oh, no.. Tom you are already missed, my friend. Godspeed...
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A huge loss for RFF community and his family.
R.I.P Tom. My condolence to his family!
His contributions for RFF has been always informative, constructive and full senses of humor!


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tragic news, my condolences to his family!
he was a friendly person with a ton of knowledge
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Oh Wow! Feel like I lost a friend eventhough I never met Tom. He was always kind to like my flickr photographs. Feel so sad for Tuulikki.
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R.I.P. Tom.

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