Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/19

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Reviews on NEW Winder for M6, and Tom's Winder
From: "tlianza" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 23:47:18 -0500


I have one of  Tom's winders and an older Leica winder.  The noise of the
Leica winder was very loud, but some kind soul on this group sent me a link
that illustrated how to repair it.  After tearing it down and refitting some
gaskets, the electric leica winder got much quieter, but it is no where near
as quiet as the Rapid Winder.  I was shooting a family baptism and there was
a photography restriction.  I shot a few frames for the pastor and he gave
me the OK after hearing the total lack of noise from the Leica and the
Winder combination.  A sample of the resulting shots can be found at and Family/The Baptism.jpg

(note: copy the entire line above to see the image)

Note that the I framed the scene with the camera rotated.  I was able to get
off about 10 frames in less than 10 seconds in NEAR SILENCE.   I used Fuji
800 and a Voigtlander 35mm Ultron wide open.  at 1/30th of a second.  There
was NO light in the church to speak of . That experience made a believer out
of me.  (oh, pardon the pun...)

I'll probably sell my electric winder soon.  It is much quieter now, but I
feel that the Rapid Winder puts less stress on the body and it is very
quiet.  The rapid winder and grip are very dear, but in some cases it is the
difference between getting the shot and coming up short... That's the math
you have to do.

Tom Lianza
Technical Director
Sequel Imaging Inc.
25 Nashua Rd.
Londonderry, NH 03053

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