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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 03-14-2009   #41
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Ah Tom, the price of success :-) I am happy to say that all my winders are rapidly winding happily. Keep up the good work.

PS: I won't raiding you stock for M2 winders for a while. For a while anyway.
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Old 03-14-2009   #42
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Ah Tom, the price of success :-) I am happy to say that all my winders are rapidly winding happily. Keep up the good work.

PS: I won't raiding you stock for M2 winders for a while. For a while anyway.
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Old 03-14-2009   #43
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Now, I want a BP m2 myself... with a rapidwinder...man, would work perfect with a black SA 21
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Old 03-15-2009   #44
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Now, I want a BP m2 myself... with a rapidwinder...man, would work perfect with a black SA 21
It does work perfectly with a M2 -of any color,black,chrome,grey even purple!
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Old 03-20-2009   #45
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Ronold M, the Pentax cameras focus the same way as the nikon cameras do, they both got the focusing way from Zeiss.

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Old 03-20-2009   #46
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Now, I want a BP m2 myself... with a rapidwinder...man, would work perfect with a black SA 21
Hehe A M2 in silver chrome or BP is a treasure, but the black does have a stealthy form which is great for the street. As for the SA, the chrome lenses are so well built. As well, I prefer the look the SAs with the pre-2,5M change of coating; the change was very minor in any case, but I like the 'glow' of the pre-2,5M SAs. Would I turn down a black SA though? No way. Any SA in good optical condition is a treasure.
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Old 07-07-2009   #47
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Well, I've had my M2 (long-term loan, but I'm rather bent on buying it eventually) for a relatively short time (a bit under two months), but, goodness, the thing is seriously good. It needs a bit of work, and as soon as the bucks come along, it's getting the full treatment. Meanwhile, shooting with it is a dream, and the images (have only shot with the v1 35 f/2 Summicron it came with)...luscious. 'Nuff said.


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Old 07-07-2009   #48
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Sorry to rock the boat!....but I've just sold my mint M2, lovely camera - but the convenience, and the quality (not to mention economy!) of digital these days, has just become too good for me to ignore, I do still like to use film, but one of my small, compact slr's is usually a more versatile choice.
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Old 07-08-2009   #49
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I too absolutely love my M2, I don't know how I got along without it anymore. I have treated it to an original line up of lenses with a collapsible Summicron 50/2, a Summaron 3.5 (although it's LTM and needs a clean very badly) and a 90/2.8 Elmarit and what a system it makes! authentic period lenses for each of it's framelines the images from the lenses are also so well matched that they can be used together during one shoot while still producing uniform results. the camera it's self is just a joy!

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Old 07-08-2009   #50
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When it's time for a CLA, if I have the dough, I'll be sending mine to Robert for a repaint. It's got somebody else's name dremelled into it, but I love the thing. It's the perfect camera.
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Old 07-08-2009   #51
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I love my M2 as well, the only Leica i've ever owned. It functions very smoothly despite the film counter thing moving freely sometimes causing me to forget what frame i'm on.
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Old 07-08-2009   #52
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When the counter spins freely - it usually means that the flatspring is gone or "tired". A couple of mine does the same thing, but I am too lazy to take the lever assembly off and replace the spring. Usually I know when I am at the end of the roll anyway -unless i am excited and pull the film off the spool in the IXMOO cassette!
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Old 07-08-2009   #53
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Ah good to know that it's not unheard of, yeah I just make sure to carry an extra roll of film if I have no clue where the current roll is at.

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When the counter spins freely - it usually means that the flatspring is gone or "tired". A couple of mine does the same thing, but I am too lazy to take the lever assembly off and replace the spring. Usually I know when I am at the end of the roll anyway -unless i am excited and pull the film off the spool in the IXMOO cassette!
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Old 07-21-2009   #54
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Just got my M2 yesterday!!! Arrived together with a silver CV 35mm f2.5 color skopar classic.

Can't believe i finally own a Leica. Now if the weekend would come faster !!
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Old 07-21-2009   #55
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That is a nice, basic package. In many ways that is all you need - just let the feet do the "zooming". The 35f2.5 VC is a great lens. I find it equal to the Summicron's and it is less flare prone than the 35f2 Asph in bright lights. Fill the pockets with film (unexposed in the left pocket - exposed in the right! - at least thats how I do it) and go forth shooting ( and remember to post shots here!).
OH. Leica M2 ownership carries its own risks. One is nice, two are even nicer and as it has three framelines - with three you never have to change lenses!!!!! You have been warned!
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Old 07-25-2009   #56
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This is the 39th production black M2. It was originally owned by Inge Morath, famous Magnum photographer.

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Old 07-25-2009   #57
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Top view.

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Old 07-25-2009   #58
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And the back. The camera was made in 1958.

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Old 07-25-2009   #59
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Wow that's a beauty.

My only problem with the M2, and Leicas in general, is the fetish aspect. I have a friend who takes all his pictures with a point and shoot or disposable camera and develops the film at walgreens. He's really good, too. I don't think he'd take my M2 very seriously.
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Old 07-25-2009   #60
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Erix, that is a great looking M2. You wish that the camera could show you all the shots it ever took.
It does take about 3-5000 rolls to get a M2 black paint to look like that! I hope you will put it to good use - it needs some more "scars" on it.
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Old 07-25-2009   #61
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Is this yours, Erik?

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Yes, it is mine. It has been cla'd by Ton Scherpenborg from Nijmegen. We tried as much as possible to maintain it's original appearance. To preserve the vulcanite was the most difficult part of the job. It is a very smooth camera, 100% functional.

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Old 07-25-2009   #63
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Erik, what a real beauty! I think of the price of original black M2s and... whispering is closer to my pocket size... God only knows if in some more years... Envy is sometimes as long lasting as Leicas!
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Old 07-27-2009   #67
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This is the 39th production black M2. It was originally owned by Inge Morath, famous Magnum photographer.

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GORGEOUS PATINA, ERIK !
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The old black paint M2' and M3's had a tendency to "bubble" the paint. Acid from the hands of the user and the reaction between the paint and the brass would have the paint go almost like a crackle finish very fast.
When Leica started painting the M's black, they went away from the original laquer finish to a more "modern" paint. They also used a matte black undercoat (shrinks less when drying). We should also remember that these were a $15-25 premium over the chrome when new. There were mainly made at the request of newsphotographers as they were bit more discreet.
In the late 50's and early 60's Leica would convert your chrome body to black for roughly $50. You just gave the camera to an authorized dealer and if big enough, they had the parts and the engraving machine for making a black one (the chrome tops were supposedly destroyed so that there would not be two cameras with the same #).
The biggest problem with the original black paint M's - if you intend to use them - is the soft,brass straplugs. They would wear out quickly and result in dropped cameras. Over the years I had mine replaced with stainless lugs instead.
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The biggest problem with the original black paint M's - if you intend to use them - is the soft,brass straplugs. They would wear out quickly and result in dropped cameras. Over the years I had mine replaced with stainless lugs instead.
Mine has tiny stainless steel inserts in the straplugs. A competent repairman can install such inserts.

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Old 09-22-2009   #70
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The Leica M2 and the Summicron 35mm f/2, first version (8 elements) are made for each other.

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. Anyway, there always seems to be more tools than cash so I never get bored. Wishing you good light.
That is one reason why we keep slugging away - to assemble enough money to buy the toys. The trick is to stop when you have the toys/tools you need and go out shooting.
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This is the 39th production black M2. It was originally owned by Inge Morath, famous Magnum photographer.

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Impressive. She's a great photographer.
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Old 10-17-2009   #74
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The fall/winter rains have started here in the Northwest. This, coupled with the fact that I just loaded 140 IXMOO cassettes of Kodak XX has set me going on a project of cycling through all my M2's. The excuse being that this way I can check shutter speeds, rangefinder's etc! The lenses will be Nokton 40f1.4's - MC and SC. Ok, there will be other lenses in the projects - but these two will be the "main" glass used.
I find that when the weather get 'dreary" a project like this keeps the "trigger" finger going - even though the results are a bit "blah" sometimes.
I might even start a separate "set" on Flickr for this - at least if there are some interesting shots coming off the XX.
The M2 is in many ways perfect for the 35's - but the 40f1.4 works extremely well on it with the "claw" filed down to give me 35 frame-lines. With glasses the 0.72 frame can be a bit tight and the 40 gives me just the right coverage.
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Eric, the 50f3.5 Elmar-M is a little gem. I find it sharper than the f2.8 I in most cases. Just took a walk and shot 2 rolls of XX - finishing one roll in a M2 with an old 90f2 Summicron from 1964 and another one with a 40f1.4 SC. If the weather stays decent - a couple of more XX's with both 40's and another developing run.
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I just loaded 140 IXMOO cassettes of Kodak XX
You have 140 IXMOOs?!? No wonder they cost 20 bucks apiece out here in the real world!

XX is absolutely the s%#t--devs nice, scans nice, plenty of latitude, beautiful grain and tonality...it's the only film my M2 has seen in months.
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Tom, the Elmar 50mm f/2.8 has lower contrast than the f/3.5, but is for B+W a fine lens.

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elmar-M 3.5

[quote=Tom A;1168850]Eric, the 50f3.5 Elmar-M is a little gem. I find it sharper than the f2.8 I in most cases. quote]

Tom,

would you know if the elmar 3.5 will go on a SOMKY?
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Michael,

The Elmar M-mount 50mm f/3.5 definitely goes on a SOMKY. Just tried.

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The Elmar M-mount 50mm f/3.5 definitely goes on a SOMKY. Just tried.

Erik.
Thanks Eric

...and I guess Leica wouldn't have allow it to mount if the SOMKY was not calibrated for it, right?

what's your impression of the lens?
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