In a small, south of the border town, in front of a camera shop where one could find used Leica and other desirable items, I first met Tom Abrahamsson. The year, well the shop isn’t there any longer, but Tom had a rapidwinder on one of his Leicas, so I think it must have been 1989. I recall that he had just picked up a vintage Leica enlarger and seeing that we had something in common we became friends. I remember Tom showing me his camera and rapidwinder, saying, “go ahead, give it a try, take a couple shots.” I seem to recall he was running Tri-X, what else?
I was intrigued and a little clumsy, but Tom said, “take a couple more.” After a couple of rapid winds I was hooked. It wasn’t until a few years later that I was able to have rapidwinders for my M2 and M6. Sure, they add a minimum of weight and bulk, and I don’t use them all the time, but when I do use them, all I can say is, what a pleasure it is to add something of quality to a legendary camera. It is a great way to get film through a camera.