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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 01-29-2017   #41
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Wonderful idea. I like something that represents Tom's deep knowledge of many RF marques, rather than just one, and his generousity in sharing that knowledge.
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Wonderful mock-up so far!

I particularly love the sweetnes of Sug's idea.



Whatever idea is chosen, I strongly agree with those who prefer to omit the dates which are a sad reminder of his passing, and focus instead on celebrating the person.
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Wonderful mock-up so far!

I particularly love the sweetnes of Sug's idea.

Whatever idea is chosen, I strongly agree with those who prefer to omit the dates which are a sad reminder of his passing, and focus instead on celebrating the person.
My favorite so far, simple yet evocative. But, there have been many nice designs put forward so far; lots of talented members here.
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Old 01-29-2017   #45
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Boy Tom A & Mr B

(not particularly going for red color, just a quick mockup)
This. Not tied to any specific brand name/camera.

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I am not a graphics designer to do this but having his watermark from Flickr: ©Tom A. printed inside an aperture ring would be a nice design as a softie does not have a lot of room.
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Sorry but the young lad isn't the Tom that I know. The young lad isn't wearing a photographers vest.
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Here are a couple, a simple aperture and a couple of mock rangefinder patches with Tom's initials:

I like the rangefinder focusing patches the best so far. Very nice.
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Sorry but the young lad isn't the Tom that I know. The young lad isn't wearing a photographers vest.
Yes...the vest is not there...definitely not TA!

I had been meaning to ask him about vests.
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As Sug mentioned he, along with many more of us I'm sure (myself included) can help with the design. I would love to participate in making something commemorative to remember Tom and how much he gave to the photographic community.

How many Designers do we have on here? Let's collaborate.
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This is an excellent idea!

My current favorite is graygc's 'outline portrait' design.

Followed by 25 KM's "T A" rangefinder windows

Of course the "Leica script" version is pretty cool too

As an M2 fan, I wonder if a TA "heart shape" M2 design would
be a good idea
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Vest & M2

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Tom always wore the vest whenever I was in his presence.

In addition whenever I had the pleasure to talk with him he always had a M2.
Tom was the biggest advocate of the M2. Forever and always.

It would be nice to somehow incorporate the M2 into the design.

Things that come to my mind regarding Tom, were his M2, Vest, TriX, his Pipe, and Tuulikki. She was always by his side. Inseparable.

And of course his graciousness toward everyone. A true gentleman.
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I'm not sure of the silhouetted idea. I feel like a commemorative token should be something that EVERYONE can understand and appreciate. I must have missed something because I didn't recognize the figure and I'm more likely to know being an rff member.

To us it may be a silhouette of Tom, but to others it's just a random silhouetted person that means nothing. It should mean something to everyone who sees it no matter who they are or where they are from.
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Tom was the biggest advocate of the M2. Forever and always.

It would be nice to somehow incorporate the M2 into the design.
I think a lot of people here knew Tom from his posts in the Nikon RF forum, since he seemed to own a few of them. Perhaps the design can be non brand-specific?
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What ever comes to fruition, I need two. The last one I got was the black eight ball. Something in red would be nice.
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RE incorporating the M2: One distinctive feature of the M2 is the frame counter dial. The round shape might integrate well into the softie.
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To the extent votes matter, here's another for the silhouette with the cat. There have been some fine designs proposed, several graphically striking and highly relevant to cameras, photography and rangefinders. But none of them really show a personality. The way the silhouette is standing, direct, open, and just a bit awkward, and then of course the cat next to him -- it has a personality to it. Looks like someone instantly likeable for his enthusiasms and modesty. I'd like it better if a camera were dangling from the hand but it's still my favorite as it is. I didn't know him personally, all I can claim is that I read much of what he wrote here over the past several years and very often what he wrote was really all that needed to be read on the topic. So maybe I'm not in a great position to say but I think the silhouette has character and I think that character is pretty close to his.
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Over time I hope we see many different Tom commemorative designs, not just one.

Please keep in mind the engraver needs very simple designs in order to mass produce them.
Complicated designs simply are not possible on the very small canvas we have to work with.

Personally I am really fond of the pic with Tom and Barnack the cat.
Tomorrow I will put up a larger version.
I do think it would need to be stylized and edited a bit, to put their faces closer together.
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I thought about putting a camera on Boy Tom, but I din't want to make it model/make specific. Or make the design too complicated.

I know this needs further simplification and chunkier lines, but here is an example. I made the camera abstract and ambiguous, just enough details to be able to tell it's a rangefinder, got his rapidwinder and (tho hard to see in the mockup) soft release.

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I thought about putting a camera on Boy Tom, but I din't want to make it model/make specific. Or make the design too complicated.

I know this needs further simplification and chunkier lines, but here is an example. I made the camera abstract and ambiguous, just enough details to be able to tell it's a rangefinder, got his rapidwinder and (tho hard to see in the mockup) soft release.
I love this. I really want it to exist
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I thought about putting a camera on Boy Tom, but I din't want to make it model/make specific. Or make the design too complicated.

I know this needs further simplification and chunkier lines, but here is an example. I made the camera abstract and ambiguous, just enough details to be able to tell it's a rangefinder, got his rapidwinder and (tho hard to see in the mockup) soft release.

Love this Sug. It makes for good conversation.

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haha, sweeeet, LOVE it SUG !
love the Red (Tom as a boy, Tuulikki posted on flickr) and his camera with his Favorite cat Mr B)

TO ALL the fab designs here posted: I would BUY a few, so as many as You make I will collect
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Such a nice idea. I like the mockup.
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Thanks for lots of compliments guys. There are several great designs in this thread, and I hope more then one can come to reality over time. If Tuulikki, Stephen or others involved contacts me to use my design at some point, I'll work with them to fine-tune the design for the application and provide necessary assets.
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Personally I am really fond of the pic with Tom and Barnack the cat.
Tomorrow I will put up a larger version.
I do think it would need to be stylized and edited a bit, to put their faces closer together.
Funny, that's the first picture that came to my mind, I already found a 600x450 jpg but something even bigger would be appreciated for easier PS work.
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I thought about putting a camera on Boy Tom, but I din't want to make it model/make specific. Or make the design too complicated.

I know this needs further simplification and chunkier lines, but here is an example. I made the camera abstract and ambiguous, just enough details to be able to tell it's a rangefinder, got his rapidwinder and (tho hard to see in the mockup) soft release.

I love this design! Thanks!
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I thought about putting a camera on Boy Tom, but I din't want to make it model/make specific. Or make the design too complicated.

I know this needs further simplification and chunkier lines, but here is an example. I made the camera abstract and ambiguous, just enough details to be able to tell it's a rangefinder, got his rapidwinder and (tho hard to see in the mockup) soft release.

I really like this design.

Just out of curiosity, how durable is the design on top of the soft release. I would want to use this soft release on one of my cameras, and would hate to rub off the design over time. Is it pretty durable?
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They are engraved Tim...much like a camera.
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I thought about putting a camera on Boy Tom, but I din't want to make it model/make specific. Or make the design too complicated.

I know this needs further simplification and chunkier lines, but here is an example. I made the camera abstract and ambiguous, just enough details to be able to tell it's a rangefinder, got his rapidwinder and (tho hard to see in the mockup) soft release.

This is wonderful. Tom, MrB and a camera with his Rapidwinder - wonderful.
I too think a design like Sug's is a much nicer commemoration to Tom than a dated commemoration.


Another idea would be to get a simplified portrait of Tom on a softie.
Whenever I think of Tom, somehow I always think of this photograph:

https://cameraquest.com/voigtMSR.htm

That smile, that is Tom to me.
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Hello All!
Thank you Bille and all for great suggestions for Tom A Softie. Inspired by them Julie Kitchell a good friend of ours created this design for it
Hope you like it. Pls click on
www.rapidwinder.com
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also our Flickr-site under the signature.
I am in the process of making 100 each; regular Classic and M-Classic (typ 240 thread) to celebrate Tom's work. Part of the proceeds will also go to his
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Tuulikki, when/how can we get one? Couldn't find a link to buy just your update.

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

Bille's design was RFF's best to Tuulikki,

it inspired the final design,

and so Bille will receive one of the commemortive soft releases.

Thank you Bille!

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Is the final design the one on rapidwinder with the film?
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Is the final design the one on rapidwinder with the film?
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I wasn't sure if I was going to have time to participate in this or not but having seen the final design I do have some considerations that I would like to pose from a design standpoint.

I've taken inspiration from the approved design and reworked it to have more of a leica script style. However graphic, it doesn't say leica and can be interpreted to any brand.

The type in the approved design hasn't been kerned, and the designer is using the improper dash. Also I'm not sure how easily the details will be able to be transferred over if the design is to be CNC'd on to the softie. Laser etching is another story But the main idea is to keep the linework bold and thick to keep the CNC time reasonable.

You can see my revised design of the final. Take it with a grain of salt, I did it fairly quickly. But I believe that there can be optimizations to the final design.

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Wonderful possibilities so far, I applaud you all. I have no such talent, but will be happy to buy several of these as the come available.
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