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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 01-14-2017   #321
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I learned of Tom's passing on the same or next day. As everyone else, I was shocked and saddened.

When Tom attended a LHSA meeting here in Rochester I was able to meet him and Tuulikki for a drink and a nice long chat, along with some other LHSA members. Kodak had not yet released TMY-2, but had given everyone at the event samples, and Tom gave me one of his rolls. His generosity was not surprising, but I was still surprised and very, very grateful.

In November I had purchased three softies from Tom & Tuulikki, and the email exchanges were as wonderful as speaking with them in person.

Tom will be greatly missed by thousands upon thousands.

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Old 01-14-2017   #322
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Oof, my condolences to his family and friends..
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Old 01-15-2017   #323
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So sad. I have been traveling a lot and have not checked RFF for ages, so I had no idea. My condolences to Tuulikki & family.
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Old 01-16-2017   #324
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I just came across this thread and read the very, very sad news.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Tom in person, but knew him from the RFF and various other sites for many, many years. Tom was always extremely generous in sharing his knowledge and always a perfect and kind gentleman. I will always appreciate his kindness in sharing his seemingly endless knowledge (and patience) with some young and inexperienced 'kid' who fell in love with photography.

My condolences to his wife Tuulikki and the rest of his family. I'm certain he is headed to the big darkroom in the sky with a Leica and endless supply of Tri-X on hand.

Godspeed Tom, we'll miss you, but never forget you.
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Old 01-17-2017   #325
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I had the pleasure of meeting Tom in person a few years ago when he and Tuulikki visited Japan. We had a good chat over a dinner of Pizza at a nearby restaurant.

Tom was one of those rare and unique persons whose true life was more interesting than many a fiction writer could create for a film character. His passing is a loss, but at least he left the world with good memories (for himself, and for others), and a life well-lived.
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Old 01-19-2017   #326
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Was shocked to hear of his passing from another thread. My condolences to his family and friends. I've admired Tom prior to joining this community for his work and contributions. Love the idea of shooting a roll of Tri-X in his honor.
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Old 01-19-2017   #327
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Many of us will truly miss Tom and his amazing knowledge and kindness. Always willing to share what he knew I personally found him to be a wonderful man and resource. His advice to try the Beutler developer during my recent trials of a new film was amazingly prescient and I will always remember his willingness to share.

Rest in peace Tom. You were truly a friend and mentor to many. Thank you.
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Old 01-20-2017   #328
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Sad news. Condolences to family. RIP
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Old 01-20-2017   #329
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I knew Tom for many years. Spent time with him in Vancouver, Tokyo, Vienna and Paris. Always a gentleman and always made me laugh.
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Old 01-22-2017   #330
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I posted this in the Camera and Coffee thread, but it's just as relevant here.
Tom and I taking a much needed beer and pipe break at the LHSA meeting in Louisville 2008.
It's a day I'll never forget.

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I have not logged on much, so sorry to see this, from everyone, he was a good, talented and generous man-- hope that can be said for all of us.

We mourn for ourselves--

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Old 01-24-2017   #332
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I am sorry to hear of Tom's passing, his extremely knowledgeable insight into everything camera and photography will be missed.

I had a chance to interact with him (via email) a few years ago when I was a new member of this community and I can't forget how cordial he was in his response to a few of my "stupid" newbie questions. I could feel the excitement that he displayed while talking about cameras.

RIP Tom
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Old 01-30-2017   #333
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I was saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I can well recall reading his contributions and learning so much from them. When I use my rapid winder and soft release I will remember him! My condolences to his family and friends.

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I knew Tom for many years. Spent time with him in Vancouver, Tokyo, Vienna and Paris. Always a gentleman and always made me laugh.
Bob, so good to see you on the RFF, sorry it is this sad occasion. I keep seeing Tom's posts on the RFF and can't believe he is gone.

For those who don't know -- Bob is the publisher of the Nikon Historical Society Journal, and author of the definitive Nikon Rangefinder books.
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Old 02-06-2017   #335
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Only now did I hear about Tom's passing and really am shocked.
I am so sad for his family and close friends.

Rest in peace Tom, you were a great guy, such a friendly and good natured man, never afraid of a helping someone out with his knowledge.
I will miss him.
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I've just returned home after 8 days in mostly rainy Vancouver for Tom's Life Celebration.

The Celebration went very well with a large meeting and several dinners, all of us trading Tom A stories.
We even walked out as a group to Tom's test root tree - in the rain and cold.

It was good to share about all things Tom A,
but profoundly sad in that the Celebration just cemented our great loss.

Happily Tom's Softies will continue. There will even be a new design choice that I suspect will be very popular.

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Glad you got to represent all us RFF'rs who couldn't make it, Stephen. Nice shot of you in the Red Chair.

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Old 04-13-2017   #338
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Goodness, I only just saw this thread. I am deeply saddened by this, almost in tears. I've always enjoyed reading Tom's posts over the years, and my long-time camera dealer met him a few times. One such time was in Germany, where they bumped into each other while waiting for a secondhand Leica dealer to return to his shop.

My deepest sympathies to Tuulikki and all who were close to Tom. Another great one passes into the next life.
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I've just returned home after 8 days in mostly rainy Vancouver for Tom's Life Celebration.

The Celebration went very well with a large meeting and several dinners, all of us trading Tom A stories.
We even walked out as a group to Tom's test root tree - in the rain and cold.

It was good to share about all things Tom A,
but profoundly sad in that the Celebration just cemented our great loss.

Happily Tom's Softies will continue. There will even be a new design choice that I suspect will be very popular.

Stephen

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I've just returned home after 8 days in mostly rainy Vancouver for Tom's Life Celebration.

Stephen
For those of us unable to attend in person I was pleased you were able to, it is hard to celebrate a passing but few in our corner of the world made as large an impact for good as Tom, indeed a life well lived.
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Test Root Group Pic in cold, windy, rainy Vancouver



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Thanks you guys for doing this and I am glad you took that group shot around Tom's roots.
I wish I could have been there too.
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I was away from RFF for many months and just learned of Tom's passing.

I am gutted - Tom was always gracious and kind in our dealings, and I always enjoyed our infrequent interactions. I have been trying to get to Vancouver to spread a portion of my wife's ashes and had been hoping on meeting up with Tom while I was in town, but I waited too long.

Rest in peace, Tom - I'll think of you and smile whenever I grab my M6 and go shooting. Deepest condolences to Tuulikki.
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He often pops into my mind when reading stuff, even if it's no RFF.

Welcome back Ken.

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Old 07-16-2017   #346
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I just heard of the news ... he was a great guy and a stone in the community, he will be missed

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Loved your passion for photography and pipe smoking, Tom! I do send you good mojo with a M2 + 35/1.4 mm combo and great tobaccos to enjoy in a favourite briar. Thanks for the good advice.
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I can't believe it...
I was totally away from RFF for some months or a year, and just a moment ago I found out he passed away...
This is so sad! He was an amazing human being... So unique and warm!
I will miss his posts deeply!
Once he sent me a set of Leica filters as a gift, and I still think about that often, as it was so unexpected and so kind of him... He's really made me think a lot...
Tom, thanks for your sweet words of encouragement, and for your infinite knowledge sharing, and thank you very much for helping design the gear I use and love...
You really touched my mind and my heart. Good luck with your new path... Hope you're having all the fun you deserve!
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I took a hiatus from RFF due to personal reasons, and recently came back because I love this community and photography, only to learn of Tom's passing. I never met him in person, but he was always such a kind person on the boards and a wealth of information for the community. He is greatly missed by many people who never physically met him, yet were touched by his presence. The world needs more Tom Abrahamssons.
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Tom was one cool dude.

Been some time since we lost him, and I still think of him often while here at RFF.
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Tom was one cool dude.

Been some time since we lost him, and I still think of him often while here at RFF.


Same. I have his soft release, grip and now rapidwinder. Any search about these kinds of things pointed to his generous posts on the forum. What a kind and knowledgeable guy.
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His advice was always well thought out and very accurate. He had informative replies to all questions.
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He seemed like such a kind and gentle soul. Every post I read by him seemed apropos and cogent. I am late to the Rapidwinder experience, but I just got one for my M2 and was so impressed that I bought another off eBay for my M6. These are wonderful devices and I will never sell them, but rather pass them on to my son.

I was also lucky enough to find a Tom A memorial softie for each camera. Rest in peace, sir.

We need to appreciate such folk while they are around, and it seemed that people here did just that.
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