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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   #41
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Such a legend here. So knowledgeable and such a gentleman.
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Old 01-06-2017   #42
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This is very sad. An exemplary guy, by all accounts.
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Old 01-06-2017   #43
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This is sad news. A great loss for the entire RFF community. My condolences to the family...
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Old 01-06-2017   #44
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I think he is heaven now, laughing and talking with Oskar Barnack about how to improve the next Leica M.
With Mr. B by his side!
Rest in peace, Tom. I will miss you dearly.
My condolences to Tuulikki and all those you've left behind.
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Old 01-06-2017   #45
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Sad news indeed, he will be greatly missed.
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Old 01-06-2017   #46
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R.I.P Tom. My condolences to his family!
Tragic news.

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Old 01-06-2017   #47
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Old 01-06-2017   #49
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Oh, No. Tom was such a wonderful human being.

Words cannot express . . .
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Old 01-06-2017   #50
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Oh no, indeed! Reading of this a second time I am more deeply saddened. Perhaps the magnitude of the loss to our community is sinking in.

We are lucky to have had so many moments immortalised in Tom's cameras.

My thoughts are with with Tuulikki and the family.

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Old 01-06-2017   #51
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Just a great human being ... now sitting back chatting with Al Kaplan over a coffee I hope.

Vale Tom and from what I knew of you you wouldn't have wanted us sitting about feeling sad ... you'd be telling us to put a roll of Tri-X in that M and get out there and take some photos.
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Old 01-06-2017   #52
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I knew Tom only through RFF. The RFF community has lost a legend. Deepest condolences to Tom's family. Godspeed Tom (and Mr. B.)
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Old 01-06-2017   #53
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With Tom's tenacity and all he worked through I thought he would live forever.

My prayers, good thoughts, and condolences to Tuulikki, their family and friends.

Tuulikki if we can help in any way, please let us know.

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Old 01-06-2017   #54
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So sad to hear. RIP Tom
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Old 01-06-2017   #55
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Sad news Rest in peace my condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 01-06-2017   #56
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very sad news. We have lost one who really understood the tech side of the industry and more importantly understood the Japanese camera manufacturers so well.

Condolences to his family and friends. I will miss his posts, always well timed.
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Que artista pierde el mundo!

I will miss Tom. I just purchased tree of the silent shutter buttons that he designed. God must be desperate of artists in Heaven, He/She is taking several of them this year.
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He left us too soon, just one of those whose writings were always informative & fun to read. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
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Old 01-06-2017   #59
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As everyone has said - such a loss and our hearts go out to Tuulikki
Tom certainly made his mark in this world not just our "little" RFF
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Sue and I are very, very sorry to hear this. I first met Tom at the Annual Leica meeting in St. Louis. That must have been around 2002. Then Sue and I met Tom and Tuulikki at the 2009 meeting in Louisville, and had dinner with them. Tuulikki gave us some great advice on where to travel in France, and we took her advice, and we loved it. Tom and I talked about Rapidwinders and 75mm Summicrons. He remembered adding the tripod socket to my Rapidwinder.

Our condolences to Tuulikki.
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Tom was a special one, for sure. Knowledgeable, oh yes, and funny-yes, yes. But he gave me something special. I had the fun opportunities to spend time with Tom at several Nikon Historical Society and LHSA meetings, and I always came away with a special feeling: to go out and use those cameras and lenses, in all kinds of combinations, and do it daily. Rare as some might be, these are still just cameras and lenses...so use them. Not always an easy thing for the collector side of my personality, but it worked. Tom's spirit and attitude will always be with me.
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It was just yesterday that I visited RFF after a long time, and one of the things I was going to do was to see if Tom had any of his usual insightfull and informative input. And now see this.

Tom was an amazing well of information about Leica, the use of rangefinder cameras, and photography in general. We will all miss him for his unique knowledge, experience, and as a wonderful human being.
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Old 01-06-2017   #63
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A kind and generous man... a wise one, too. To Tuulikki and all those close to him, you have lost a wonderful person. My wishes that your sadness is eventually eased with wonderful memories.
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Old 01-06-2017   #64
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oh my god that is terrible news. My condolences. RIP Tom!
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All I want to do is shoot an M2 and a 35 with Tom whispering by my side
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Tom's gracious spirit was a treat here at RFF. May he rest in peace.
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Sad news.
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What I liked about Tom was that he wasn't strictly a Leica guy. He was just as happy with his Nikons (S and F), and some other cameras he had experienced through the years. I enjoyed his lens tests, even all the variations of the "Test Root".

He was really nice to me in all his communications, and I found inspiration to delve more deeply into rangefinders than I had planned to. Would have loved to have spent some time with he and Tuuilikki while looking through the blooming sakura trees outside their apartment, and discussing various lenses.

Friday Zen in Kitsilano will never be the same. Godspeed, Tom.

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So very very sorry to hear this. Tom was a wonderful person and I'm lucky enough to have a few of the things he made so as long as I can shoot a camera I'll never forget him. My condolences to Tuulikki and those near to him.
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Very sad day. I equate Tom with all that is good with RFF. He will be missed!
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My condolences to those who knew and loved him. His posts here were always a pleasure to read and he always seemed eager to share his vast knowledge. This community was lucky to have him as a member.
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A generous and kind human being, full of artistic passion and invention. He was a key reason I joined this forum.
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Oh....a titan has passed. Such a font of generous knowledge and wisdom. I had always hoped for a self published book on the Test Root from Tom. Sincere condolences to Tom's family and closest friends - the regard he was held in is so apparent.
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R.I.P Tom. You made the world of photography so much better.
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Sad and unexpected, he will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
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Awful news. Tom was the kind of fellow who could make you feel a connection, even if you had only known him a little while. He was endlessly generous with his time, where photography was concerned. His ways reminded me too about photography's singular virtue: the ability to entrance and communicate at the same time. I am a better photographer as a result. Condolences to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
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All I want to do is shoot an M2 and a 35 with Tom whispering by my side
Helen,

We can all do our own little part to keep his memory alive.

Hope your taking this ok!

Hard not to have a heavy heart right now...
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I got the word about Tom this morning from another mutual friend. Tom was such a close friend of myself and my family and we are all devastated. Tom was one of a kind, a true gentleman, a mentor and a real friend. Tom and I shared many adventures on cross country trips both in the US and in Germany going to many Photokinas and LHSA meetings together. There are so many 'Tom' stories that come to mind, and I have been thinking about him all day. My thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful Tuulikki. To say he will be missed is an understatement.
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My deepest condolences to his family; we are blessed in RFForum to have access to his Leica wisdom as well as his wonderful little releases. I will treasure mine..
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