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Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.8 Review
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 12:30:00 +0100

The Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.8 is the second in a series of four new F1.8 lenses for the Panasonic, Sigma and Leica "L-mount" full-frame mirrorless camera system. Priced at 429.99 / $499.99, can this standard prime lens lens offer both quality and affordability at the same time? Find out now by reading our in-depth Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.8, complete with full-size sample photos.

Sony Xperia 1 III Review
Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:00:00 +0100

The Sony Xperia 1 III is a new flagship smartphone for 2021 that has a lot to offer keen photographers and videographers. This includes 20fps burst shooting, real-time AF tracking and real time eye AF for humans and animals, 16mm, 24mm, 70mm and 105mm focal lengths, and advanced Photo Pro and Cinema Pro apps. Read our in-depth Sony Xperia 1 III review, complete with full-size sample photos and videos, to find out if this new smartphone can justify its 1199 / $1299 price-tag...

Canon R3 vs Sony A9 II - Head-to-Head Comparison
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 14:30:00 +0100

The Sony Alpha 9 II and the brand new Canon EOS R3 that was unveiled today have similar key specifications, so which of these 35mm full-frame sensor mirrorless cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Canon R3 versus the Sony A9 II.

Flagship Canon EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera Offers 24 Megapixels, 6K/60p Video, 30fps Burst Shooting and Eye Control Autofocus
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0100

Canon have revealed their answer to the Sony Alpha 1 and the Nikon Z9 in the shape of the new EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera.

The Canon R3 will feature a brand new, Canon-developed 24.1 megapixel back illuminated stacked CMOS sensor, DIGIC X imaging processor, 6K/60p RAW video recording and oversampled 4K/120p video for up to six hours of regular video, 30fps burst shooting with full AF/AE tracking, and an integrated grip design with professional levels of weather-proofing.

The EOS R3 features Canon's most advanced autofocusing system ever, with Auto Focus (AF) tracking for motorsports including racing cars and motorbikes, focusing in extreme darkness at light levels down to -7EV, and an innovative new autofocus Eye Control Function.

There's also a 5.76 million dot electronic viewfinder with 120fps refresh rate, 5-axis IBIS providing up to 8-stops of protection against camera shake, and a fully articulating 4.1-million dot touch-screen display, and compatibility with Canon?s Mobile File Transfer smartphone app.

The Canon EOS R3 is priced at 5,879.99 / ?6,689.99 / $5,999.00 and it will be available in November 2021.

Canon EOS R3 Hands-on Photos
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0100

Are you excited about the upcoming Canon EOS R3 full frame mirrorless camera? Do you want to see some actual up close and personal shots of a real life model, rather than just Canon's official rendered product images?

Then you've come to the right place, as last week I was given an exclusive one-to-one briefing by Canon and had the chance to shoot an extensive gallery of hands-on photos of the R3.

As this is still an early tech announcement, though, to be more precise they were strictly hands-off photos, as I wasn't allowed to actually touch the camera, turn it on, open any of the ports or compartments, or see the bottom of it.

Canon's Product Intelligence Consultant, David Parry, was also under strict orders not to divulge any additional information about the EOS R3 other than what has already been revealed in the previous two press releases that Canon have issued. So I'm afraid I don't have any more information for you about the megapixel count of the sensor, for example, or whether it will be able to record 8K or just 4K video.

Canon did a similar thing for the EOS R5 camera in 2020, where they showed me an early pre-production model well ahead of the official launch that turned out to be virtually identical to the finished article. So if they follow the same plan for the R3, the photos that you see here will be almost 100% the same as the actual camera that will be available to buy later in 2021.

Canon R3 vs Sony A1 - Head-to-Head Comparison
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0100

The Sony Alpha 1 that went on sale in March 2021 and the brand new Canon EOS R3 that was unveiled today have similar key specifications, so which of these flagship 35mm full-frame sensor mirrorless cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Canon R3 versus the Sony A1.

Canon EOS R3 Review
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0100

Canon have just unveiled the EOS R3, a high-end 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera that features a 24 megapixel stacked BSI sensor, 6K/60p video recording, 30fps burst shooting, eye-control autofocusing and a professional dual-grip design. We've kicked off our Canon R3 review with everything that we know so far, a gallery of hands-on photos, full specs and a look at its main rivals...

Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM and RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM Full-frame Mirrorless Lenses
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0100

Canon have just unveiled two brand new lenses for EOS R full-frame mirrorless cameras, an ultra-wide-angle prime and a super-telephoto zoom.

The RF 16mm f2.8 STM is an ultra-wide angle prime lens that is the same size as the RF 50mm f1.8, making it well-suited to vlogging and astrophotography.

Weighing just 635g, the RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 IS USM is a lightweight, compact super-telephoto lens designed for budding sports and wildlife photographers.

The RF 16mm F1.8 STM is priced at 319.99 / ?369.99 / $299.99 and the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM will cost 699.99 / ?799.99 / $649.99.

Canon R3 vs Canon R5 - Head-to-Head Comparison
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0100

The Canon EOS R3 that was announced today is a brand new flagship camera that sits above last years Canon EOS R5. Which of these 35mm full-frame sensor mirrorless cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Canon R3 versus the Canon R5.

Nikon Z 40mm f/2 Prime Lens for Full-frame Mirrorless Cameras
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 09:30:00 +0100

The new Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 is a compact and lightweight prime lens for the Nikon Z mount system.

This bright, standard prime lens offers a natural angle of view that is ideal for candid portraits, interviews, and how-to videos.

Available from 30th September 2021, the Nikon 40mm is priced at 249 in the UK.

Canon R3 vs Canon EOS-1D X Mark III - Head-to-Head Comparison
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 09:00:00 +0100

The Canon EOS R3 that was launched today and the EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR look very similar, so which of these flagship 35mm full-frame sensor cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Canon R3 versus the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

Canon R3 vs Nikon Z9 - Head-to-Head Comparison
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 08:00:00 +0100

The brand new Canon EOS R3 that was announced today and the Nikon Z9 that was revealed earlier in 2021 have similar key specifications, so which of these flagship 35mm full-frame sensor mirrorless cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Canon R3 versus the Nikon Z9.

Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF is World's Fastest 35mm Full-frame Lens
Fri, 10 Sep 2021 16:45:00 +0100

Laowa have just announced the World?s Fastest 35mm lens for full frame cameras, the Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF.

Priced at $899 and available now, the Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF offers extraordinary shallow depth of field and dreamy bokeh.

This auto-focus lens has an aperture ring click switch mechanism, internal focusing, low focus breathing, long focus throw and 15-aperture blades.

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Review
Fri, 10 Sep 2021 14:00:00 +0100

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports is a very affordable super-telephoto zoom lens for Sony Alpha and L-mount mirrorless cameras. Read our in-depth Sigma 150-600mm review now to find out if it's the best all-round ultra-telephoto lens for Sony shooters...

Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary is a Premium Compact Prime Lens for Mirrorless
Thu, 09 Sep 2021 13:30:00 +0100

The new Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary is a wide-angle prime lens for the L-Mount and Sony E-mount camera systems.

Offering superb optical performance, a bright F2 aperture, an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring, the Sigma 24mm F2 joins four existing I series lenses as well as the new 90mm F2.8.

The Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary will be available from 24 September 2021, priced at 549.99 in the UK.

Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary is an Affordable Portrait Prime Lens for Mirrorless Cameras
Thu, 09 Sep 2021 13:30:00 +0100

The new Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary is an affordable portrait prime lens for Sony and L-mount mirrorless cameras.

Offering superb optical performance, a bright F2.8 aperture, an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring, the Sigma 90mm F2.8 joins four existing I series lenses as well as the new 24mm F2.

The Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary will be available from 24 September 2021, priced at 549.99 in the UK.

Canon Product Launch Event on 14th September 2021
Thu, 09 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0100

Canon are set to unveil a big new product - possibly the full details of the EOS R3 - at a live event on September 14th at 12.00 CEST / 11.00 BST.

Olympus Unveils Two New PRO Lenses, the 20mm F1.4 and 40-150mm F4.0
Thu, 09 Sep 2021 09:30:00 +0100

Olympus have just announced the development of two new Micro Four Thirds lenses, both from the M.Zuiko PRO series.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO is a compact large-diameter single-focal-length lens. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO is a compact telephoto zoom lens.

The launch date and pricing have yet to be announced.

Ricoh GR IIIx Features New 40mm Lens and Upgraded Image Processor
Thu, 09 Sep 2021 09:00:00 +0100

The new Ricoh GR IIIx large-sensor compact camera has a 40mm F2.8 equivalent lens and an updated GR Engine 6 image processor.

Other than those two changes, the GR IIIx is otherwise identical to the GR III, which has a wider-angle 28mm lens.

There are also a number of new accessories to go with the the GRIIIx, including a tele conversion lens and external optical viewfinder.

Mitakon 135mm f/2.5 APO Portrait Lens for Just $299
Thu, 09 Sep 2021 09:00:00 +0100

The new Mitakon 135mm f/2.5 APO portrait lens is available in Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z and Sony FE mounts.

This manual-focus-only lens is an updated version of Mitakon's old 135mm f/2.8 lens, with an improved optical design, internal focus design and no focus breathing.

The new Mitakon Creator 135mm f/2.5 lens is available now priced at $299.

Panasonic Lumix S 24mm F1.8 Review
Tue, 07 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0100

The Panasonic Lumix S 24mm F1.8 is the third in a series of four new F1.8 lenses for the Panasonic, Sigma and Leica "L-mount" full-frame mirrorless camera system. Priced at 799.99 / $899.99, can this new wide-angle prime lens lens offer both quality and affordability at the same time? Find out now by reading our in-depth Panasonic Lumix S 24mm F1.8, complete with full-size sample photos.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II Sample Images
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Ahead of our full review, here are some full-size sample photos and movies taken with a final production version of the new 51.4 megapixel Fujifilm GFX 50S II medium-format mirrorless camera.

Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR Updates Original Wide-angle Prime Lens
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

The new Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR wide-angle prime lens for Fuji APS-C mirrorless cameras is a direct replacement for the original version which was released way back in September 2013.

This updated optic offers the principal improvements of weather-resistance and a faster Linear auto-focusing motor, as well as closer 19cm minimum focusing, smaller 58mm filter size, and an A position lock.

The Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR will be released in November 2021 priced at 819 / ?949 / $899.

Fujifilm GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR Sample Images
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample photos taken with a final production version of the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR lens mounted on a 50 megapixel GFX 50S II camera body.

Fujifilm XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR is a New Standard Prime Lens for Fuji-X System
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

The Fujifilm XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR is a brand new standard prime lens for the Fuji-X APS-C camera system, offering an effective focal length of 50mm in 35mm terms.

Sporting an identical external design to the XF 18mm F1.4 lens, the new 33mm optic is weather-resistant and has a faster Linear auto-focusing motor than the current XF 35mm f1.4 R.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II Hands-on Photos
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm GFX 50S II medium-format camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm GFX 50S II camera.

Fujifilm Updates X-System Roadmap with 150-600mm and 18-200mm Lenses
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Fujifilm has updated its X-System Lens Roadmap with the addition of two new lenses, the 150-600mm and 18-200mm.

Slated for release sometime in 2022, the 150-600mm super-telephoto zoom will offer an effective focal range of 229-914mm in 35mm terms. It will be a "red badge" zoom lens complete with a removable tripod collar/mount.

The new 18-200mm is aimed squarely at videographers who want an all-in-one zoom, offering an effective focal range of 27-183mm in 35mm terms.

Fujifilm GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR Hands On Photos
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR lens, mounted on the Fujifilm GFX 50S II camera.

Fujifilm Updates GFX Roadmap with New 55mm, 20-35mm and Tilt-Shift Lenses
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Fujifilm has updated its GFX Medium-Format System Lens Roadmap with the addition of three new lenses, the 55mm F1.7, 20-35mm and a Tilt-Shift lens.

Slated for release sometime in 2022, the GF 20-35mm ultra-wide-angle zoom will offer an effective focal range of 16-28mm in 35mm terms.

Fujifilm XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR Hands-on Photos
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR lens, mounted on the Fujifilm X-Pro3 camera.

Fujifilm X-T30 II vs X-T30 - Head-to-head Comparison
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

The brand new Fujifilm X-T30 II and the original Fujifilm X-T30 look identical from the outside, so which APS-C sensor mirrorless camera is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Fujifilm X-T30 II versus the X-T30.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II - 50 Megapixel Medium-Format for Just 3.5K
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

The new Fujifilm GFX 50S II is the most affordable GFX branded medium-format camera ever, offering a 51.4 megapixel sensor for just 3499 / ?3999 / $3999, putting in on a par with the likes of the Canon EOS R5 and Sony Alpha A1 full-frame mirrorless.

Paired with the equally new GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR kit zoom, the 50SII costs less than 4000 / ?4500 / $4500 with a lens, making medium-format more accessible than ever before.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II vs GFX 50S - Head-to-Head Comparison
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Wondering what the differences are between the new Fujifilm GFX 50S II and the 3-year-old GFX 50S medium format mirrorless cameras? Then check out our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Fujifilm GFX50S Mark II versus the GFX50S.

Fujifilm X-T30 II is a Modest Upgrade of the Original X-T30
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Fujifilm have quietly announced the new X-T30 II APS-C mirrorless camera, a rather modest upgrade of the 2.5-year old X-T30.

Externally the two cameras are identical, right down to the unchanged X-T30 name badge on the front. The only physical change is an upgrade to the rear LCD screen, which now has 1.62million dots of resolution.

Fujifilm XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR Sample Images
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample photos taken with the new Fujifilm XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR lens. The Fujifilm XF 33mm is a fast 50mm-equivalent prime lens for the Fuji X-series APS-C mirrorless camera range.

Fujifilm GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR is an Affordable Kit Lens for GFX Medium Format
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0100

The Fujifilm GF 35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR is a brand new, affordable kit lens for the GFX medium-format camera system, making a perfect partner for the also-just-released GFX 50S II.

Offering an effective focal range of 28-55mm in 35mm terms, the 35-70mm zoom is fully weather-resistant despite having a retractable design that makes it physically shorter when in the "stored" position.

Nikon Z MC 50mm F2.8 Review
Tue, 17 Aug 2021 14:00:00 +0100

The Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is a brand new standard macro lens for the Nikon Z-series full-frame mirrorless camera system. Find out if this $650 lens is a bargain or not by reading our in-depth Nikon Z MC 50mm F2.8 review, complete with full-size sample photos...

Nikon Z fc Review
Tue, 17 Aug 2021 10:00:00 +0100

Nikon have introduced their second APS-C, cropped-sensor mirrorless camera with the launch of the Z fc. Almost identical to the Z50 model in terms of its key specifications, the new Z fc offers a much more retro, classic design. Read our in-depth Nikon Z fc review to find out if it's the perfect blend of old and new...

Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Review
Thu, 05 Aug 2021 14:00:00 +0100

The Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD is an affordable super-zoom telephoto lens for Sony full-frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras. Read our in-depth Tamron 150-500mm review to find out if it's really a bargain or not...

Zeiss ZX1 Review
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:30:00 +0100

After almost three years since it was first unveiled, the Zeiss ZX1 full-frame mirrorless camera is finally available to buy. With a 37.4 megapixel sensor, 4K video, 35mm f/2 prime lens, 4.3-inch touchscreen, built-in Adobe Lightroom and 512Gb SSD internal memory, is the unconventional ZX1 still worth a look in 2021? Find out now by reading our in-depth review of the Zeiss ZX1 mirrorless camera, complete with full-size sample photos, test shots, videos and more...

Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD for Fujifilm and Sony Mirrorless Cameras
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 00:01:00 +0100

Tamron has just announced the development of its first lens for Fujifilm X-mount, the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD super-zoom, which will also be available in Sony E-mount.

It features a massive 16.6x zoom ratio covering a wide zoom range from approximately 27mm to 450mm, fast and precise AF thanks to the VXD linear motor focus mechanism, and a minimum focusing distance of of 0.15m at the wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.

The price and availability of the new Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD lens for Fujifilm and Sony mirrorless cameras are yet to be announced.

Olympus PEN E-P7 Review
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0100

The Olympus PEN camera series is back with the launch of the beautiful new E-P7, but is it a case of style over substance? Read our detailed Olympus PEN E-P7 review complete with full-sized sample photos and videos to find out!

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH Review
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:00:00 +0100

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH is a brand new premium telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Offering an effective focal range of 50-100mm in 35mm terms, the Panasonic 25-50mm lens boasts a constant aperture of f/1.7 throughout the zoom range, fast and silent auto-focusing, a de-clicked aperture ring and focus clutch mechanism for video use, and weather sealing. Read our in-depth Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH review now, complete with full-size sample photos.

Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S Review
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 11:30:00 +0100

The Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is a brand new telephoto macro lens for the Nikon Z-series full-frame mirrorless camera system. Find out if this $999 lens is a bargain or not by reading our in-depth Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S review, complete with full-size sample photos.

Leica VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH. Review
Mon, 05 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0100

The Leica VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH. is a new premium general-purpose zoom lens for L-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. Read our in-depth Leica 24-70mm f/2.8 review to find out if it can out-perform its main rivals from Sigma and Panasonic...

Panasonic Lumix GH5 II Review
Thu, 01 Jul 2021 16:30:00 +0100

The much anticipated Panasonic GH6 may be on the near-horizon, but the brand new GH5 Mark II is here right now. What does the new version offer, and can it really improve on the best-selling original? We find out in our review of the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II mirrorless camera, complete with sample photos, test shots, videos and more...

Nikon Z fc is a Retro APS-C Sensor Mirrorless Camera Inspired by the FM2
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 09:30:00 +0100

The Nikon Z fc is a new 20 megapixel APS-C sensor mirrorless camera with a design inspired by the classic FM2 SLR film camera.

Nikon have also unveiled two new heritage lenses, the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Silver Edition and NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 SE, to accompany the Z fc.

Pricing starts at 899 for the Z fc body only, with sales due to start on 28th July 2021.

Nikkor Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR in Development
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 09:15:00 +0100

Nikon have just announced the development of the Nikkor Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR, a zoom lens for the company's APS-C format mirrorless cameras. The lens is scheduled for release later in 2021.

Canon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM Wide-angle Zoom Lens
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 09:00:00 +0100

The new RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM is the widest full-frame mirrorless Canon lens to date.

It offers quiet autofocus, 5.5-stop optical image stabilisation and a class leading minimum focus distance of 0.2m and a 0.38x magnification, and weighs just 540g.

The Canon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM is scheduled to be available in August 2021 priced at 1,749.99 / ?1,999.99 / $1,699.00.

Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM Review
Thu, 24 Jun 2021 10:30:00 +0100

The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM is a brand new ultra-wide-angle prime lens for Sony Alpha full-frame and APS-C cameras. Offering a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 in a very compact and lightweight design, is this lens worth the 1400 / $1600 asking price? Read our in-depth Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM review, complete with with full-size sample photos, to find out...

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