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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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Commemorative Tom A Softie Designs wanted
Old 01-27-2017   #1
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Commemorative Tom A Softie Designs wanted

Commemorative Tom A Softie Design

Tuulikki is asking for designs for a commemorative classic Tom A soft release.

Please post your designs here. If chosen, you would be donating your design.

Over time there may be several different versions, we will see.

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Old 01-27-2017   #2
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What a lovely idea ...
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Old 01-27-2017   #3
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Great idea, wish I were more of an artist. Maybe something symbolizing Tom and Tuulikki's travels together?
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Old 01-27-2017   #4
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Sorry Stephen, not so good at this type of thing, but please let us know when they are available, I will certainly buy a few.
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Maybe just write TOM on it. But whatever you decide; it's a great idea.
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Old 01-27-2017   #6
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Looking at my Mr B softie, perhaps we can make something similar with Tom's side profile on it, like a coin. Tom A's softie should be mandatory on all M2.
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Old 01-27-2017   #7
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What an excellent idea. Unfortunately, I am not good at designing this sort of thing but I will be a customer for sure.

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Old 01-27-2017   #8
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Just a great idea.
It's a small area on which to engrave, keep it simple.
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Old 01-27-2017   #9
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Perhaps a pipe. Tom loved smoking his pipe.
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Old 01-27-2017   #10
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Great idea. Not a good designer, so here is my simple one, to encourage others to post.



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Old 01-27-2017   #11
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Guess it depends what can and can't be done...
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Old 01-27-2017   #12
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I like all I've seen so far. I wish I were a genuine creative person. I envy y'all.

But, what a phenomenal idea.
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Old 01-27-2017   #13
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What about this?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rapidwinder/31514537851/
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Does the author of the chosen design get one free commemorative softie?
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see what is possible for the softy engravings HERE


not a lot of detail can be done
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Old 01-27-2017   #16
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Here are a couple, a simple aperture and a couple of mock rangefinder patches with Tom's initials:
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Old 01-27-2017   #17
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Lovely idea!

I like the aperture blades design, above.

Maybe it should just say "SHOOT"
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Old 01-27-2017   #18
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I'll sketch up a few ideas this weekend.

Also, I'd love to see the re-issue of Mr. B softy. I miss seeing his photos too.

Off-topic: I started to look for IXMOO cassettes, and Google search returned threads on RFF where Tom is giving very insightful information with fine details. He is greatly missed already.
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Old 01-28-2017   #20
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Ok, here´s a draft based on Leicas own commemorative signature.





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I like the "Tom A" version! Nice!
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Nice Billie.
The Tom A one is my prefference as well. Maybe even without the years on it.
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Old 01-28-2017   #23
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tom's commemorative by scapevision
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Old 01-28-2017   #24
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^ best design thus far.
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Old 01-28-2017   #25
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I very much like Bille's Leica signature style approach but would leave-out the '1943-2017' reference. 'Tom' would be my preferred choice. Red of black with white lettering.
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Old 01-28-2017   #26
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I very much like Bille's Leica signature style approach but would leave-out the '1943-2017' reference. 'Tom' would be my preferred choice. Red of black with white lettering.
I was thinking about an authentic signature of Tom, if existent. We might also go for a favorite color combination if he had one. Maybe Tuulikki can help us out here.
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Old 01-28-2017   #27
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Nice Idea;

How about just his initials in a nice script on the softie centre? Something like the ones used in Scapevision's suggestion above?
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How about a red softie Leica a-la the red dot, with either Tom, Tom A or TA in white Leica script?
There is nothing more iconically Leica than that red dot and now Tom is a part of Leica like film is a part of Leica. A soft release is ubiquitous on an M. I have had softies on all my M bodies and a few other cameras that they would thread into.

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Old 01-28-2017   #29
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Great idea!

I favor Bille's option No. 2, but I will buy a few of whatever is made.
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I was working on some ideas, and liked Bille's idea a lot (maybe without the years), but I am feeling going all-the-way Leica script, resembling Leica brand might be a little off from ideal IMHO. He was very much into and very knowledgeable Nikon RF cameras as well.

I like the idea of his signature, maybe not cheque signing but something he used for signing his printed photos or letters? If a scan can be provided, I (or likely many others) can make a vector artwork out of it. I'm a professional designer. At that point the thickness and the details can be adjusted to make the design feasible for the application. I feel that has more personal touch to Tom, not to a specific camera brand. Again, totally IMHO (I do corporate brand identity, product branding etc as well).
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I like Bille and Scapevision's designs. Combining them could be done by using the"Tom" signature in Bille's design in the aperture of Scapevision's design, keeping the aperture blade pattern. Also, the "commemorative and years" text in the circumference of Scapevision's design could be replaced by the sign-off used by Tom A. in all his posts: "Bests to everybody".

One idea.

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Here is another idea.

Concept:
Silhouette of Boy Tom from the picture posted on Flickr by Tuulikki. I feel it would be nice to celebrate his life his legacy, not focusing on his passing. Boy from Sweden, grown to be a photographer and a brilliant inventor, left friends in photographic community around the world who love and miss him dearly. Also I like the idea of a design that would work as someone's daily shooter aesthetics beyond commemoration to Tom and/or an association with Leica or other specific camera brand. It doesn't really clearly say Tom A's commemoration, but if you know what that is, you know what that is.

Boy Tom A



Boy Tom A & Mr B


(not particularly going for red color, just a quick mockup)


Personally I feel simpler design without a lot of text would look better, but some proof of concept with text.

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Just not a limited edition please no one should be disappointed.

Tom had an embossing stamp for his prints simply said "Tom Abrahamsson Photographer" with copyright in the centre. I have couple of examples but they almost impossible to photograph, could be shortened to Tom A Photographer around the edge like the MrB design with 2017 in the centre?
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Maybe with Tom's close links with Voigtlander, "Tom A" using the Voigtlander font?
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Here is another idea.

Concept:
Silhouette of Boy Tom from the picture posted on Flickr by Tuulikki. I feel it would be nice to celebrate his life his legacy, not focusing on his passing. Boy from Sweden, grown to be a photographer and a brilliant inventor, left friends in photographic community around the world who love and miss him dearly. Also I like the idea of a design that would work as someone's daily shooter aesthetics beyond commemoration to Tom and/or an association with Leica or other specific camera brand. It doesn't really clearly say Tom A's commemoration, but if you know what that is, you know what that is.

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I have an idea, but 0 skills. I have an older son who might have the skills and 0 id.......

Let me see what I can do.

Great ideas so far.

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Ok, here´s a draft based on Leicas own commemorative signature.

As an artist, I love the simplicity and relation to the Leica logo. Beautiful!
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As an artist, I love the simplicity and relation to the Leica logo. Beautiful!
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I completely agree. Beautiful design.
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I think Bille has done a fine job with his design at short notice, although conceptually I'm not keen on
- using someone else's corporate script.
- associating Tom with only Leica when he was so much more catholic and polymathematical (not sure about this declension).
- a design which relies on orientation to be read easily, given that a screw-in softie the button ends up randomly rotated. To this end, Scapevision's design is more reasonable.
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