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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 01-07-2017   #201
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Just a little too sad to respond to this news yesterday...

Stephen opened my eyes to Tom years ago with the "Uncollectibles" article on CameraQuest. Blew me away! A real-life rangefinder Mad Scientist (meant in an awesome way)! So creative, so obviously smart -- the kind of person I wish I had met years ago.

Only conversed a couple of times about prints and the IXMOO lore but I had a list of other things I wanted to ask...time is short.

Rest in Peace. Condolences to his loved ones.
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Old 01-07-2017   #202
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Just came in from getting some snow shots with a Rapidwinder-equipped M, complete with soft release and Rapidgrip, and read the news. Tom A did as much as any one individual to promote rangefinder cameras and shooting style. That would be enough to keep his memory alive, but it doesn't tell the whole story. He was always approachable, even if the question was less than intelligent, and he never made anyone feel dumb for asking such a question. A gentleman of the first order. We will all miss him. Condolences to his family and his friends throughout the world. We have lost an exceptional person.
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Old 01-07-2017   #203
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That's such shocking news. I didn't know him but always was interested in what he said about all kinds of things. I agree that he was always the perfect gentleman and I was so impressed with all his knowledge and accomplishments. For certain he will be missed by so many. God speed Tom.
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Old 01-07-2017   #204
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Terrible news, terrible loss for Tuulikki and RFF too. Photography (and especially film photography) has lost a generous and kind man.
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Old 01-07-2017   #205
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Very sad to hear of Tom's passing. He was a wonderful guy and a treasure trove of knowledge. My thoughts are with his lovely wife and all those who called him "friend".

RIP Tom.

Here was Tom and his wife a few years back when we were out to dinner in San Francisco. He got a kick out of my Cron 50 collapsible mounted on a Ricoh GXR.
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Old 01-07-2017   #207
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While I can't say I know Tom that well, I have read his work and I know what a huge loss this is for the photographic community as a whole.
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Old 01-07-2017   #208
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In this Internet age, Tom was that Internet/online friend you felt so fortunate to make. He was knowledgeable and wise and so giving of his time. Like so many others, he helped me choose an M2 and we exchanged emails on lens choices. He would always argue for Voigtlander lenses over their older counterparts, be they Leica or Canon ltm and he would tell you why. He have me some great processing advice at one point. I so appreciated that. Lastly, he regularly liked or commented on my photos on flickr, quite recently, in fact. It always brightened my day when he would leave a comment. Tom will really be missed. My condolences for everyone's loss.
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Old 01-07-2017   #209
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He will be missed, I'm gonna shoot a roll in memory of Tom.
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Old 01-07-2017   #210
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Does anyone know at what age Tom departed this life?
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Tom was 73
Would have been 74 on the 21 August
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Indeed a great loss to the photography community and no doubt many others. Condolences to Tom's immediate and wider family and friends. I will miss his posts here. M
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Old 01-07-2017   #213
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I should add Tom was a real inspiration to many.
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Tom was 73
Would have been 74 on the 21 August
Thanks Helen.


He was still a youngster, and he left us too soon unfortunately.
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Absolutely Stunned

At the moment, there are no words to express my utter shock and disbelief, in learning of Tom's passing.
Likewise, there seems a certain irony in learning of Tom's death through the very forum Tom used to share his passion for life.

Aside note: The Leica M2 will forever be linked with Tom; as will this link for "Tom's Uncollectibles" : https://cameraquest.com/TAnotcoll.htm
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R.I.P. Tom, we who had the great pleasure of knowing you, will continue to fondly remember a great photographer, mentor and friend.

Tuulikki, my family and I will be remembering you and all your family in prayer...
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Old 01-07-2017   #216
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Ah sorry to hear it. Tom was a legend. My condolences to his family.
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Old 01-07-2017   #217
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Very sad to read that Tom has passed away.
We never met but Tom was one of favorite contributers here on this forum.
Tom will be greatly missed. R.I.P.
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Old 01-07-2017   #218
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Tom, you will sadly missed. I only met you a couple of times at Cafe Zen on my rare trips over from the UK. But you were such a kind, generous and happy soul. We spoke about your illness then and how you had continued to smile through it all. Every time, I pick up my M2 or M6TTL, the Rapidwinders will remind me of you. Thank you for all you have given to so many across the world. Thinking of Tuulikki, family and friends. RIP


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Old 01-07-2017   #219
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Such a loss to his family and friends, and to this community. I always looked forward to his posts - deep knowledge combined with great enthusiasm and a gentle demeanor.

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Aside note: The Leica M2 will forever be linked with Tom as will this link of "Tom's Uncollectibles" : https://cameraquest.com/TAnotcoll.htm
Thx for the link. I've missed it until now. Was just wondering what younger Tom did earlier in his life. The link gives some information on that.
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Old 01-07-2017   #221
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Throughout the years, Tom was always a kind and extremely knowledgeable gentleman in all our on-line communications about optics and rangefinder cameras. I can just imagine his generosity to those who had the great fortune of spending time with him personally and absorbing his good humor and good natured way while sharing their passions of capturing imagery and the associated equipment to do so. I was fortunate to have been the recipient of a small fraction of that and am grateful.

Rest in peace Tom and my condolences to his wife and family and the RRF community who morn his passing. We are all better people for having known Tom.

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Old 01-07-2017   #222
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RIP Tom. My condolences to his Family. I enjoyed reading his posts everytime.
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Old 01-07-2017   #223
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Truly sad news. He will be greatly missed.
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Old 01-07-2017   #224
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This is very sad news. My condolences to his family and friends.

My one interaction with Tom, over the internet, was quite pleasant. I always admired his posts here on RFF, and never saw one that was not meant to be helpful and informative.

He is missed.
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Old 01-07-2017   #225
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A very sad day for the RFF community.
My prayers and thoughts to his family and all those who are grieving the loss of Tom Abrahamsson in their life.
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Old 01-07-2017   #226
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sad to hear, always enjoyed his posts...and his photos..
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Old 01-07-2017   #227
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Sad news. Very sad.
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Old 01-07-2017   #228
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Always a kind hearted person. Sad.
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Old 01-07-2017   #229
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A man who will be missed. The kind of guy who didn't mind talking to a nobody like me about photography. I just got my first Classic softie a few weeks ago...I'll cherish it all the more. Thank you Tom and godspeed.
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Old 01-07-2017   #230
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Very sad news, and a big loss both to the RFF community and clearly to many users as well.

He will clearly be very fondly remembered.
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Old 01-07-2017   #231
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I'm so sad to hear this. I never met Tom in person but corresponded with him over the years. He was always so kind and generous with his knowledge, no matter how silly a question you asked. His enthusiasm for photography and Leicas was contagious and never failed to lift my spirits.

My heartfelt sympathies to his family and all who knew him.

He will be sorely missed.

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I forgot to mention too that Tom was a fellow brother of the briar. May the hereafter have an unending supply of your favorite blend Tom.
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I am very sorry to hear this, I wish his wife and family well...
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Sad news indeed...Condolences to his family and friends.
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RIP my friend. You will be missed. The one who encouraged me to make/use my own developer. When I use Pyrocat HDC will be in memory of you.
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The world has lost a great photographer and we all lost a great friend.

May his pictures remind us that he lives forever.
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I don't own a Leica, and prefer SLRs. But I never missed reading his posts when I saw them. I always enjoyed them. I learned from them. His posts were always interesting. I will miss him as will others here and elsewhere.

I will be praying for his family.
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I am shocked to read that Tom has passed away. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. What a tremendous loss for the RFF community.

Even though I never met Tom, I greatly admired him. His posts were always informative and helpful to others. He will be greatly missed.
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What a terrible loss for his family and friends. Always a nice, open person.
Rest in peace, Tom.
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Very sad news. My prayers for his family during this difficult time.
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