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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   #241
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Tom was 73
Would have been 74 on the 21 August
I'll have to bookmark that date to shoot a roll of b&w film in Tom's memory. May have to be some Double X (5222)
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Old 01-07-2017   #242
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Rest in peace Tom! Will be missing you.
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Old 01-07-2017   #243
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My deepest condolences to Tuulikki Abrahamsson and family. He was a warm and generous man, Tom will be missed by many people. http://rapidwinder.com/ Photo friends will NEVER die ....
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Old 01-07-2017   #244
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Omg that is horrible news I didn't know.

RIP Condolences to his family.
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Old 01-08-2017   #245
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Very sad news indeed. All my condolences to his family and friends.

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Old 01-08-2017   #246
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a true gentleman... and a touching response from the RFF community
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Old 01-08-2017   #247
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Feels like the passing of an era. When I got involved with rangefinders back in '97 Tom was already an established figure within the community. He continued to be so even as my own interests drifted. For me, I can't even think of Tri-X or an M2 without also thinking of Tom A. I always paid extra heed to his comments on gear, because they were almost always based on actual experience, not just something he read or heard. I never met the man, but he was always so polite on these forums, even when he didn't agree. I can only imagine what he was like in person.

Not only the rangefinder community, but photography in general has lost a valuable resource and real decent person.
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Old 01-08-2017   #248
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R.I.P. Tom.

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Old 01-08-2017   #249
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I didn't know Tom, but from what everyone has said, he sounds like he was a top bloke.
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Old 01-08-2017   #250
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Sad and a shock! My condolences. I followed his posts with great interest and via Flickr. Sad that he won't be around to share his knowledge. He will be missed.
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Sad news. I never had any direct contact with him but paid close attention to his words and pictures.

I've had a bit of a break from film photography until recently and was thinking of Tom when I picked up my M2 and ran a roll through it on New Years Day - out and about in northern Mallorca. I developed the film today and only when I was searching for recommended dev times for Adox Silverman in D-76 1+1 did I come across this sad news.
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My sincere condolences to his family on his passing.
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Old 01-08-2017   #253
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Very sad news indeed.He will be greatly missed.
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His warmth, congenial spirit, and his presence will be sorely missed.
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Rest in peace, Tom. We will keep you in our prayers.
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Old 01-08-2017   #256
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I conversed with Tom many times over the years - he loaned me an M2 as well as an M6 for far too long and was incredibly generous with his photographic knowledge, as is evidenced here by all the comments. I can't add anything more as a photographer...

But his generosity didn't just apply to photography. His illness was rather rare and he was one of the first people to benefit from the new technologies that came available to combat it. I have a friend who had a close relative diagnosed with the same illness, and I put them and Tom in touch. He freely shared all of his knowledge and his experiences with them and made their journey through a very difficult illness much easier. He was that kind of guy.

He was a good man and a good friend. I will never forget him.
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R.I.P. Tom

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Very, very sorry to hear this. He was a truly positive force for photography in general and for this forum.
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Very sad news
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Very sad news

I didn't know him but we were contact on Flickr and i was following his posts on this forum.

He was sharing his knowledge in photography. He was like a Guru for a lot of people include me.

I have a thought for Tuulikki and i wish my condoleance to all his family.

RIP Tom.

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Tom Abrahamsson was loved by everyone who knew him, an amazing man of incredible kindness, curiosity, optimism and love for life.
And yes, he just happened to know more about photography and Leica than anyone else I ever knew.

Tom also had an almost inexhaustible store of amazing true stories. One of my favorites was being stopped in the back roads of Finland by a motorcycle cop who wanted to see what Tom was transporting on a dark and cold night. The cop peered into the back with his flashlight, only to see the hood of a king cobra raise up in its cage. For some reason he then lost all interest what was in the back seat and was happy to see Tom and his cargo on their way.

Tom fell November 29th, hurting his back and limiting his mobility. That started almost daily doctor visits. He checked into the hospital January 1st.
He passed away this morning unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack. My deepest condolences to Tuulikki.

He was my friend. I will miss him a lot. But then, Tom was everyone's friend. He was that sort of person.

I think he is heaven now, laughing and talking with Oskar Barnack about how to improve the next Leica M.

God Bless Thomas

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I've just learned that Tom passed away. Although I never met him in person, I had occasion to correspond with him and found him a true gentleman. He'll be sorely missed by the Leica community.
My condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 01-08-2017   #261
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What a loss!! to us and others. As many have said, Tom was very generous with his knowledge and his support. Condolences to Tuulikki and all his families, biological and chosen.

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Tom was from Sweden, and have also been working for swedish newspapers with black Leica M. In Sweden we say, Vila i frid, in english R.I.P. He was a fantastic Man and we will all remember him. I wish my condoleance to all his family. Ronny/Sweden
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Old 01-08-2017   #263
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I´m sad. Rest in peace Tom.
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Horrible news! My condolences to his family and so many friends. He will be missed.
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Old 01-08-2017   #265
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Old 01-08-2017   #266
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My deepest condolences. RIP Tom.
A very sad day
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Old 01-08-2017   #267
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Very sad news. I only had the pleasure of meeting Tom a few times at LHSA events, but he was always a pleasure to be around.
We always ended up sharing a beer and maybe a pipe.

I shot this image with his Zeiss Planar on my M6TTL. That's my 35 Summilux he's inspecting.
This was shortly before he field stripped my rapid winder to make sure it was still in good working order.


Here's a box of Tri-X he jokingly autographed for me. TX Forever indeed!
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Godspeed, Mr. Abrahamsson.
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Very sad to hear. I’m sure I’m not the only who chose an M2 over an M3 due in part to Tom’s infectious passion for the particular model.
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About ten years ago I was working on a project with my Leicas and needed a Rapid Grip since none of the other grips felt right to me. But I was short on funds. So I wrote to Tom, explained my circumstances, and asked if by any chance he had any used ones that he'd be willing to sell at discount. Yes he did, and he gave me a very good price on an older, but almost like-new Rapid Grip. Also, he asked about my project, which is now a published book. Just wanted to register one more example of his generosity.
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I'll have to bookmark that date to shoot a roll of b&w film in Tom's memory. May have to be some Double X (5222)
gb, I agree. Tom was the main contributor to the 5222 thread. That got me started on this film back way in 2008. He always gave us good tips and taught us how to experiment. His d23 mix got me deep into the developers cookbook. His freezer pictures of all that xx was amazing.
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We spent a few hours together in Vancouver at the home of a mutual friend. I always wanted to see him again, but the chance never came. Somewhere along the way I acquired a chrome rapidwinder for an M2, long gone though. RIP Tom.
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Got this from a Nikon Historical Society friend of his yesterday.

... I got word that longtime NHS member, Tom Abrahamsson passed away yesterday morning, January 6th. Tom had experienced a series of falls of late, and was in the hospital getting his medications updated the time of his passing. ... His knowledge of all things Nikon and Leica was impressive! I last saw Tom at the November 6th camera show in Vancouver. He was in good spirits and said he was selling well!

Travis, what a quintessential photo of Tom!
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Very sad to hear of Tom's passing. He was a very giving person, from my own experience, even with people he didn't know.
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I only knew Tom through this forum. I enjoyed the kindness, patience. and generosity with which he responded to some of my naive posts. He was a great educator on this forum. I will miss him very much. We will all miss him dearly. He was a great guy. RIP Tom.
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A great contributor to the photography world and this forum, and by all accounts a great person, as well. We will miss Tom A.
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Perhaps a little of Tom's influence???

I adopted an M2 as my favorite shooter after reading his praises, but before I had a chance to correspond with Tom. After we talked, I felt darn good about my M2. Notice the softie.....Tom touched our photographic lives in so many ways....

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Just heard the news. My condolences to the family.
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being a vancouverite i was always proud to have heard that a rangefinder legend at rff called the good ol' 604 his home.

may the force be with you Tom, and good shooting wherever you are.
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What a sad news-my condolences to his family and friends.
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