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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 08-27-2017   #1
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I just opened a letter from Tom A

It was a surreal experience.

Tom sent me a detailed letter documenting everything about his prototype 50/1.1 Nikkor Lens hoods - May 3, 2008.

Knowing what the letter was, I put it away with that prototype lens hood.

Opening and reading it was special. Tom constructed his letters like his RapidWinders - with detailed precision.

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I'll bet some folks here would enjoy reading it.
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Reading old letters or postcards can be quite thought provoking. It can make me sad. Things have changed. People have passed away.
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Would love to read it if you ever thought about publishing it here.

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He was a gem. gone but not forgotten,
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And if you ever messaged him about photography in some way he would respond and help you out. I think I cherish my softie highest among my accessories.
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A Renaissance Man, unique perspective to life, detail, we are lucky that he found photography.

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i miss tom...
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I sent him a battery pack I rebuilt so he could get his motorized Nikon F back in service, and he sent me some film canisters for my S2, along with one of his stamped photos. He didn't have to send them, as I didn't ask for anything in return, but that's just the way Tom was. I'll cherish the photo, and plan to use the canisters next Nikon RF month. His greatness came from all the little things he would do.

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That's awesome. Tom is surely missed.


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