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Tamron Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF

You Pay: $739.00

Currently the lightest and most compact 180mm macro lens on the market, this lens will provide 1:1 magnification, and the two LD elements included in the design of the lens make sure you get the sharpest quality possible. An excellent lens for close-up work in the field. The AF system is not supported by D40 and D60 cameras.

1:1 Magnification
Allows for life-size image on the negative or slide; at a distance of 18.5" (47 cm)
Internal Focus
The lens neither extends nor contracts physically when focusing; all moving elements are contained within the lens barrel
Di
Digitally Integrated design lenses are designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras
FEC
Filter Effect Control is designed to rotate the filter to the desired position even with the hood attached. This is accomplished by rotating the FEC ring that in turn rotates the portion of the lens where the filter is mounted
Performance
Focal Length 180mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 14°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.54' (47 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 14/11
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Physical
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 6.5" (8.38 x 16.51 cm)
Weight 2.02 lb (920 g)
Tamron Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Hood
  • Tripod Mount
  • Neoprene custom case with carrying strap
  • 6-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Tamron180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens
     
    4.3

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (13)
    • Nice bokeh (12)
    • Strong construction (11)
    • Durable (10)
    • Easily interchangeable (9)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (17)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (21)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Wildlife photos (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tamron 180mm f3.5 Macro Lens

    I just cant understand how this lens has flown under the radar for so long. I have used the Nikon 60mm, 105mm and the 70-180mm micros, a Sigma 105 HSM, and a...Read complete review

    I just cant understand how this lens has flown under the radar for so long. I have used the Nikon 60mm, 105mm and the 70-180mm micros, a Sigma 105 HSM, and a Tamron 90mm macro lens and now this Tamron 180mm macro lens. I can honestly say the two Tarmons are razor sharp. Have better bokeh than all the Nikons and have proven to be very reliable. Many folks here seem to complain about focus speed and hunting. Let me explain that macro work and AF just dont mix. All true macro lens have very poor AF performance. Its quite simple. These lenses have a very long throw (helicoil) focus mechanism and it just takes time to turn all the internal gears from infinity back to its closest focus point. Nearly every accomplished macro photographer uses manual focus. Its the only way to truely pick the plane of focus that you want. AF is just guessing.
    This lenses produces extremely sharp photos. Contrast is great. Color rendition is super. While it may not have the ultimate build quality of a Nikon or Canon its optics are superb. My only slight complaint would be the collar. It uses a funny quarter turn screw to tighten down.
    I would have prefered a fine thread screw. But the collar works as desinged and is very secure.
    Nikon, Canon, Pentex, Oly, etc didnt corner all the best optical engineers. Tamron has a very talented engineering team as well and this Tamron reflects that easily.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Fantastic optics - but feeble mecanics.

    I took about 6000 pictures with this lens, of which I kept 4576. Not bad, you say.
    Yes, the optical quality is perfect. I took 100s of metal material shots,...Read complete review

    I took about 6000 pictures with this lens, of which I kept 4576. Not bad, you say.
    Yes, the optical quality is perfect. I took 100s of metal material shots, oodles of critters and even sunsets.
    till the day the paerture linkage started to stick.
    The ring that transmits the aperture setting is not greased, loged in a ring and hel by some flimsy guides. not at all like my old 90 mm 2.5 adaptall. the actual link is a long piece of very soft sheet metal, flimsy and easy to bend.

    You can certainly understand my disaapointement.
    Buy this lens only if you don't want to use ot every day and never change your aperture by hand.

    Autofocus is loud and pretty pointless, but manual focus is excellent.
    distortion and CA are flawless.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Value

    By Crazyaboutnature

    from Vancouver, WA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

    I bought this lens because I did not want to put out the cash that the other name brand lenses were charging. The reviews are correct on this, the lens is sharp as a tack and the bokeh is very smooth. As others have stated, the lens has some issue focusing in auto mode...but as a macro lens, I almost always shoot in manual mode anyway so that is a non issue. I would certainly recommend this lens. Another note, I have not exactly measured the closest focusing distance, but it is a lot closer than the 1.5 feet they proclaim in the specs. I'd say it's closer to 1'

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    4.0

    Pleased with this macro lens

    By Brett of Binnshire

    from Virginia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Well Made

    Cons

    • Difficult To Rotate

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

    I have used the lens some since receiving it, mostly for work with a new light tent and I am pleased. It seems sharp and well made. My only complaint is that the foot-ring sticks to the lens barrel and no amount of loosening the screw will make it move smoothly. It is not impossible to overcome and nothing I will return the lens over, but it could work more smoothly. Manual focus works well and is what I use mostly with this lens. The barrel grip moves forward and backward to change between manual and auto focus and this seems to work well enough. I look forward to using the lens for macro nature photography.

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    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Color & Sharpness

    By Steven Kan

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      Well built, not too plastic, light weight, color so vibrant and contrasty, sharpness is amazing at f3.5. I've attached the file from my first shot, color was straight out from camera accept a very little sharping on the image.
      Trust me, you won't be disappointed buying this lens!

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      • No

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      (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Fantastic optics - but feeble mecanics.

      By Annettep38

      from Dordogne, France

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Distortion zero
      • External polarizer ring
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Quite heavy

      Cons

      • Bad design for aperture
      • Slow Focus
      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      I took about 6000 pictures with this lens, of which I kept 4576. Not bad, you say.
      Yes, the optical quality is perfect. I took 100s of metal material shots, oodles of critters and even sunsets.
      till the day the paerture linkage started to stick.
      The ring that transmits the aperture setting is not greased, loged in a ring and hel by some flimsy guides. not at all like my old 90 mm 2.5 adaptall. the actual link is a long piece of very soft sheet metal, flimsy and easy to bend.

      You can certainly understand my disaapointement.
      Buy this lens only if you don't want to use ot every day and never change your aperture by hand.

      Autofocus is loud and pretty pointless, but manual focus is excellent.
      distortion and CA are flawless.

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Superb macro lens for the price

      By wamozzie

      from Perth, Australia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Contrast
      • Good value
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharpness

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Candids
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      I bought this lens because I wanted longer focal length macro capbility, but couldn't justify the cost of the Nikon 200mm F4.
      Right from the first shots, I've been so pleased with the sharpness, contrast, colours and out of focus areas of images shot through this lens. Although my main use has been macro photography, I also find the 180mm focal length (on a Nikon D700) is great for candid portraits.
      As with other reviewers, I've noticed the slow focussing, but I don't find that to be an issue with manual focussing for macro work or for portraits taken using AF, but at greater distances.
      Although the lens is lighter than the Nikon counterpart, it still feels well built and the lighter weight suits my photograpy which is usually done out of a backpack when bushwalking.

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      4.0

      Affordable Macro!

      By ron_c1

      from Bowling Green, Va

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      Aside from not having vibration compensation/reduction, I think this is a great lens! I owned a 60mm Macro, but this one allows for a greater distance from subject.

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      • No

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      5.0

      This is an excellent lens

      By Billy Ray

      from Oshawa, Ontario Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      I have just received it and have taken only a few pictures with it and I am extremely impressed with it. It is a great lens and I will enjoy it to the max

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice Nikon macro

      By NickS

      from East of Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      My wife has the Nikon D3100 w/ two (2) zooms. She wanted a macro for butterfly photography. Compare to the Nikon, this was a nicer lens.

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      • Yes

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Outstanding Sharp macro lens

      By mdbones

      from Shelton, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharp
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • No VR
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      This is my third macro, complementing Nikkor 105mm and 60mm macros. The ability to be further from the subject makes this lens very useful to me. The quality of the lens is outstanding and it has a solid feel. Others have complained about slow AF, but I do not use AF on macro subjects, so it doesn't matter to me. I would recommend this lens to any macro enthusiast.

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      • No

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      5.0

      very satisfied

      By Rowshan

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      I bought this lens primarily for butterfly photography. I am very satisfied with the lens. The pictures are very sharp. Since I haven't used other Macro lenses, I can comment on that. The auto focus of the lens is slow so I mostly end up shooting in manual mode. Sometimes, I turn the ring till I see the subject of the photo and then switch it to auto focus. This way it focuses faster.

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      First Macro Lens - Very Pleased

      By TheRB

      from Hot Springs, AR

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Value

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      This is my first macro lens and I am very satisfied. I have only purchased Nikkor lenses in the past for my D7000, so this is also my first Tamron lens. After experiencing the "bang for the buck" of the Tamron I may not ever be able to justify the purchase of another Nikkor lens. Color reproduction is outstanding, bokeh is good and the things you can see with this lens are incredible. The 180mm length also allows for great detail shots at distances from your subject that won't spook insects or other small creatures. Have only tried to auto-focus once just for grins and yes it is a bit slow. But, whose going to auto-focus with a macro lens?! All-in-all very satisfied.

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      • No

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      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tamron 180mm f3.5 Macro Lens

      By ataudio

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great Contrast
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Razor Sharp
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Collar

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

      I just cant understand how this lens has flown under the radar for so long. I have used the Nikon 60mm, 105mm and the 70-180mm micros, a Sigma 105 HSM, and a Tamron 90mm macro lens and now this Tamron 180mm macro lens. I can honestly say the two Tarmons are razor sharp. Have better bokeh than all the Nikons and have proven to be very reliable. Many folks here seem to complain about focus speed and hunting. Let me explain that macro work and AF just dont mix. All true macro lens have very poor AF performance. Its quite simple. These lenses have a very long throw (helicoil) focus mechanism and it just takes time to turn all the internal gears from infinity back to its closest focus point. Nearly every accomplished macro photographer uses manual focus. Its the only way to truely pick the plane of focus that you want. AF is just guessing.
      This lenses produces extremely sharp photos. Contrast is great. Color rendition is super. While it may not have the ultimate build quality of a Nikon or Canon its optics are superb. My only slight complaint would be the collar. It uses a funny quarter turn screw to tighten down.
      I would have prefered a fine thread screw. But the collar works as desinged and is very secure.
      Nikon, Canon, Pentex, Oly, etc didnt corner all the best optical engineers. Tamron has a very talented engineering team as well and this Tamron reflects that easily.

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      • No

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      very nice lens

      By north coast

      from Sandusky, oh

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

        used mainly for macro work

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pleasant Surprise

        By RSC3516

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

        Very SHARP! good contrast good color

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        • No

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Tamron 180mm Lens Review

        By William B. Folsom Photography, LLC

        from McLean, Virginia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Sharpness
        • Weigh
        • Well built quality

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

        I purchased the lens specifically for macro photography of butterflies. It produces very sharp images with a creamy background that is highly effective in making the butterfly stand out sharply from the background. I also purchased it because it easily fits into a carry-on bag and because it is competitively priced.

        Negative issues: This is an incredibly slow autofocus lens, even when used with the Nikon D3. It easily loses it's focus when trying to stay on moving butterflies and must go through the entire focus ranges -- sometimes several times -- before it locks into place. By then the butterfly or birds has vanished. It does have a quick auto/manual shift that is helpful, but it should have been sold with a focus locking device that should have eliminated the search from infinity to a few inches.

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        5.0

        A very nice lense for a good price

        By Joel L.

        from Altona, MB

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

          The build quality of the Tamron is very good.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good Macro Lens

          By Dub

          from Texas City Texas

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Slow Focus
          • Tough To Attach

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

          The lens is really sharp. I will be using it for small insect ahd flower work. I just wish it had VR.

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          • No

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fine alternative to the brand names

          By Little Bluestem Photography

          from Illinois

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Nice manual focus feel
          • Sharp
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

            I looked long and hard at the Micro Nikkor 200mm, but in the end decided that $1429.00(import price) was too much to pay for an older lens in need of an update. The Nikkor has outstanding optics, and it's built like a tank, but it could use AF-S and VR to make it more of an all-purpose lens. While the Tamron also lacks a high speed focusing motor and some form of image stabilization, its optics are equally fine. It's sharp, offers plenty of contrast and a lovely bokeh, and keeps CAs well under control. It may not have the build quality of the Nikkor, but it's solid nonetheless, and should hold up quite well in normal use. Most importantly, the Tamron is less than half the price of the Nikkor. One switches between auto and manual focus on the Tamron by pushing/pulling the focusing ring. Some people like this feature, others do not. Personally, I do. It also has an interesting and useful feature that allows one to adjust a polarizing filter with the lens hood attached. All in all, a great lens and an excellent bargain.

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            • Yes

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            3.0

            Good lens, slow to focus

            By BB 2010

            from Tampa, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

            This lens takes great pictures but is slow to focus and searches for its subject. For the money I think it is worth it.

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            5.0

            Excellent macro and great boken

            By Voyager

            from CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Reliable construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens:

            This is a great macro lens. It's as sharp as Sigma 150 f2.8 or Canon 100 macro with better boken and blurry background, which is the reason I chose it.

            It's my macro lens of choice when I use a tripod for close-ups with manual focus and live view. Its AF is as slow as any macro lenses. Although I wish it can be faster, it's really not that important to me.

            Tamron lenses are famous for cheap build (at least you feel so.) However, they do last. I have used my copy for 3 years now and it still works like new. So the build is reliable and its lighter weight become a pro to me.

            I'd highly recommend this lens for macro and close-up.

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