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Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead

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Product Highlights
  • 42" Maximum Height
  • Collapses to Just 11"
  • Eight-Section Stainless Steel Legs
  • Pan Handle Controls Movement & Locking
  • Supports up to 2 lb
  • Weighs Only 1 lb
  • Includes Protective Carry Pouch

The Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead is a compact little camera support that extends to a working height of 42". Even accounting for its integrated panhead, the eight-section Travel Tripod folds down to just 11" long, so you can easily toss it in any backpack or piece of carry-on luggage. The tripod weighs just a pound, which means there's never a reason to leave it at home when you're out with your camera.

Featuring stainless steel legs, the tripod bear loads up to 2 lb, so you'll be able to lock down any point & shoot camera, many compact camcorders, and some DSLRs as well (depending on the lens, of course).

The integrated panhead is controlled by a multi-purpose control handle. This handle does it all – panning, tilting, and leveling, plus the unlocking and locking of all movements. The head tilts 90° so you can orient your camera in landscape or portrait mode.

Rubber feet ensure non-slip contact with smooth surfaces
Leg stages extend via twist locks
Includes protective carrying pouch
General
Load Capacity 2 lb (0.9 kg)
Maximum Height 42" (107 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended N/A
Minimum Height Not specified by manufacturer
Folded Length 11" (28 cm)
Weight 1 lb (0.45 kg)
Head
Head Type Panhead with 90° tilt
Quick Release No
Legs
Material Stainless steel
Head Attachment Fitting Permanently attached
Leg Stages/Sections 7/8
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type N/A
Bubble Level No
Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PolaroidPLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead
     
    4.1

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (17)
    • Folds away (16)
    • Unfolds quickly (14)
    • Stable (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (12)
      • Night shots (10)
      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Home (6)
      • Portraits (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Stylish and does what is expected

      So I have to clarify I am rating this in comparison to my expectations, not in comparison to pro and mid level tripods, there is no comparison to carbon fiber fluid head build,...Read complete review

      So I have to clarify I am rating this in comparison to my expectations, not in comparison to pro and mid level tripods, there is no comparison to carbon fiber fluid head build, obviously.I am a student filmmaker who has been around the pro gear but totally broke so I was looking to put together an economic starter pack for my Canon 60D to hold me over for a little while. Essentially I wanted a mid-low level tripod for tricky low video shots or long night exposure stills, portable enough to carry into any situation, stylish, stable, and durable.When I received the tripod I was immediately pleased with the style, sleek black and steel silver. I'm a bit of a sucker for style I will admit. However upon immediate testing I knew it would do the job. The legs unfold and fold easily, so long as you read the instructions and actually do what they say. People are mostly correct when they say there is no "in between" height setting with these tripods, however with a little extra time and ingenuity you can achieve these mid heights using the lock system and crutching on the minny leg ball snaps, its sketchy but supported my 60D fine for quick shots, etc.The stabilization is absolutely fine for taking stills and motion free video. When people say the legs bend it is not when I set my DSLR on the head, I noticed the considerable bend ONLY when I try to pan, this is because there is no center column so the pan torques the whole tripod. Will stand in moderate wind, high wind with a light camera is questionable. I would leave my camera on it unattended for a portrait, but a rogue cat could probably knock it over.THIS IS NOT A FILMING TRIPOD. The head is composed of a single steel ball clamp mechanism which allows most any angle variability, I like this a lot. You can achieve amateur panning with the handle locked tight which is awesome if you want to capture your child tripping around a soccer field, or some random quizzical thing. I DON'T recommend anything other than still photos and still/single angle video.My greatest lament is that due to the ball head it is very difficult to get the head perfectly level, you have to eye ball it and lock it tight, I'm used to this so NBD. There is no spirit or anything so if this is a pain for you, rethink, especially if you tote a heavy DSLR. I really don't think a fully loaded 7D or 5D will be a good partner for this tripod.Its a mostly steel metal build so I'm confident it will last me a descent amount of time. Not really a jungle mountain pod, but certainly everything else. Then again its so cheap its not a big loss.I went with this as opposed to the other fuller sized cheap tripods for the extreme portability, low minimum height, and of course the sleek look. For the price I am pretty well pleased.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Acceptable Travel Tripod for Sony NEX

      I'm using this with my Sony Nex-3 and it works pretty good. I'm not sure I would trust it in windy areas or areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic when fully extended. ...Read complete review

      I'm using this with my Sony Nex-3 and it works pretty good. I'm not sure I would trust it in windy areas or areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic when fully extended. It does the job for what it is, a travel tripod, but it isn't rock solid stable if that's what your are looking for. I've used it for HDR and works fine. I find the rotate to lock mechanism on the legs a little odd but it works. I needed a small light travel tripod to take to Europe and it seems to fit the bill for that purpose. I'm willing to sacrfice stability and quality for size and weight in this scenario.

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      5.0

      Travel Tripod Gets the Job Done

      By mrshicksbb

      from Johnson City, TN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

        I am writing this review because a lot of people warned that this tripod is not for DSLR cameras. I did find two people who gave the thumbs up to use, so I am am here to add to that voice. I have a Rebel T3i and this tripod works just fine with it. Obviously it isn't for heavy duty use, but for traveling (I am about to do a grand tour of Europe), this will work great! It is very compact and fits in the water bottle pocket on the side of my day pack. The legs are simple to use; kind of like a thick radio antenna. Supports the weight of my camera with a 15 oz lens with no signs of stress. The head pivots to wherever I need and then twisting the handle locks it firmly into place. I am very pleased with my purchase!

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        4.0

        Small, Portable, Wonderful little tripod

        By DickyK

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • Not For Dslrs

        Best Uses

        • Street Photography

        Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

        Love this tripod for when I need to travel light with my Lumix LX7.
        Not for DSLRs or heavy cameras, but great for when you need a light portable collapsable tripod.

        What it lacks a little in fine-tune adjustability, it makes up for in compactness and sturdiness.

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        • No

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        5.0

        It is what it is

        By Joe

        from Alberta

        Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

        I purchased this tripod because I wanted something very light and compact. Sometimes I don't want to lug around my regular tripod, and even a travel tripod can add too much weight. This thing is exactly what I was looking for. I'd never use it with my 5D (over the supported weight), but it's perfect for my Fuji X-E2. Yes, it's not built the best, but it's only $... what do you expect?!

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        5.0

        Affordable, Compact, Inexpensive

        By Steve Berger Photographic

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

          I purchased this as a gift but have heard no complaints. I trust Poloroid prodcts. I purchased this item for a Nikon L28 point-and-shoot camera.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Good Tripod for the money

          By Steve Berger Photographic

          from Cincinnati, OH

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

            I bought this tripod as part of a gift with a small point and shoot camera for my nephew. It works great and supports the small sized camera. It keeps the camera steady and secured for long videos and he also uses it for long pano shots.

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            • Yes

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            3.0

            Acceptable Travel Tripod for Sony NEX

            By Tobrew

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

            I'm using this with my Sony Nex-3 and it works pretty good. I'm not sure I would trust it in windy areas or areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic when fully extended. It does the job for what it is, a travel tripod, but it isn't rock solid stable if that's what your are looking for. I've used it for HDR and works fine. I find the rotate to lock mechanism on the legs a little odd but it works. I needed a small light travel tripod to take to Europe and it seems to fit the bill for that purpose. I'm willing to sacrfice stability and quality for size and weight in this scenario.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great for travel

            By maric5

            from New York, N>Y

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Can't Fully Adjust Height
            • No quick release plate

            Best Uses

            • Night Shots
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

            Just received. I love that it is very light and - most important - very compact. More than sturdy enough for my compact camera. Can easily fit in my everyday tote. Yes - it doesn't open and close as easily as the usual leg clip configuration - but it is not that hard to open/close. Also there is no plate you can attach to bottom of camera and then slip in and out of tripod - you have to screw the camera on to tripod. Also cannot fully customize height of tripod - only a limited choice. So not as versatile or easy to use as standard tripod - but - for me this is all minor - the convenience is great- no problem, hassle carrying this around - great for travel. The best tripod is the one you have with you. And for $ you can't go wrong.

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            4.0

            Small and Light

            By Trenton

            from San Francisco

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Short

            Best Uses

            • Night Shots
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

            Great lightweight tripod, opens quickly and stable enough for MegaZoom and my 35mm with 50mm lense. The only drawback is it a bit short/small in the height range.

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            • No

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            5.0

            very lightweight travel tripod

            By zen1

            from VA, usa

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots

              Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

              5 stars in the context of an extremely light travel tripod, there are downsides.

              +extremely light (Tamrac ZipShot is less)
              +ballhead
              +variable height(partially expand one leg)
              +quick setup/breakdown
              +small size

              -ballhead jerks, good for photo, not video
              -sags with telephoto zoom lens, so aim high, twist handle to tighten ballhead, hope sag ends up at level you want. On high-zoom so the angle must be very exact? Repeat three times.

              With a NEX mirrorless, the 18-55 lens or smaller the sag is not a problem. With a larger 55-210 telephoto zoomed, it is the limit of what this can handle. When used with my Sony DSC-RX100 compact it is perfect.

              I wish they made a legs only version so I could add my own ballhead.

              Re-sold under at least 3 names: Polaroid, Targus, Afga.

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              5.0

              Excellent to travel

              By Clecio

              from Sao Paulo - Brazil

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                This product is excellent to small cameras.

                Big cameras is not compatible.

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                5.0

                Backpacking with a point and shoot

                By rainrunner

                from Oregon

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                    Used this for my recent backpacking trip in the Cascades.

                    It is easy to unfold and fold back up very quickly.
                    (I had no problems folding it back up. You just twist the leg a little to lock and unlock and then push on of the foot to close)

                    It is very light weight and compact with it's own travel sack which makes it perfect for my backpacking needs and attatching it to my backpack.

                    I would look to a more sturdy tripod if you have a digital SLR with tripod lens.

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                    • No

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                    1.0

                    Almost useless

                    By dohhh!

                    from Texas

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                          unless your going to be using it specifically for a point and shoot camera. It does not allow for exact height adjustments. It's not real good quality which I expected but the preset lengths was a surprise. I couldn't use it.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          I will buy another one

                          By Jimmy G

                          from California

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                            I took this tripod to Europe with all my belongings in a backpack. It worked great, held my pocket camera for great shots, was light and easy to use. I lost it in the middle of my trip and it was missed. Bought another for my next adventure.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Excellent Tripod for Travel

                            By Natural Woman

                            from NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                              very portable and lightweight tripod. it fits in my camera bag without the excess weight of a full size tripod. it only raises to 42 inches, not really a problem for most of my shots, it's better than nothing. can't have it all and for the price and weight this one is perfect. comes with a travel bag as well, which is cool. collapsing the tripod is probably the biggest challenge but once i learned to do it properly, it became easier. can't be beat for the price, holds my compact camera as well as my micro four thirds cameras as well.

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                              4.0

                              Great for Backpacking!

                              By ACE

                              from Columbus, Ohio

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                                I used this tripod for a backpacking trip this month. It is ideal if you are looking for a tripod to be mobile, light and simply just help frame a shot. I took my Canon 60D with a 18-135mm lens. It just holds the weight, anything more than that is going to be too heavy. I used it to do time lapses over a weeks time. The best thing about this tripod is the weight, it is super light, and collapses to a very small size. The downside is it will not hold much more than my Canon and the small zoom lens. So if you are looking for a cheap tripod that is light and small this is great for exactly what they advertise is for.

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                                4.0

                                Stylish and does what is expected

                                By Uni Light

                                from Riverton, NJ

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Pros

                                • Decent Stability
                                • Folds Small
                                • Lightweight
                                • Stylish
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                • Poor leveling

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                                So I have to clarify I am rating this in comparison to my expectations, not in comparison to pro and mid level tripods, there is no comparison to carbon fiber fluid head build, obviously.I am a student filmmaker who has been around the pro gear but totally broke so I was looking to put together an economic starter pack for my Canon 60D to hold me over for a little while. Essentially I wanted a mid-low level tripod for tricky low video shots or long night exposure stills, portable enough to carry into any situation, stylish, stable, and durable.When I received the tripod I was immediately pleased with the style, sleek black and steel silver. I'm a bit of a sucker for style I will admit. However upon immediate testing I knew it would do the job. The legs unfold and fold easily, so long as you read the instructions and actually do what they say. People are mostly correct when they say there is no "in between" height setting with these tripods, however with a little extra time and ingenuity you can achieve these mid heights using the lock system and crutching on the minny leg ball snaps, its sketchy but supported my 60D fine for quick shots, etc.The stabilization is absolutely fine for taking stills and motion free video. When people say the legs bend it is not when I set my DSLR on the head, I noticed the considerable bend ONLY when I try to pan, this is because there is no center column so the pan torques the whole tripod. Will stand in moderate wind, high wind with a light camera is questionable. I would leave my camera on it unattended for a portrait, but a rogue cat could probably knock it over.THIS IS NOT A FILMING TRIPOD. The head is composed of a single steel ball clamp mechanism which allows most any angle variability, I like this a lot. You can achieve amateur panning with the handle locked tight which is awesome if you want to capture your child tripping around a soccer field, or some random quizzical thing. I DON'T recommend anything other than still photos and still/single angle video.My greatest lament is that due to the ball head it is very difficult to get the head perfectly level, you have to eye ball it and lock it tight, I'm used to this so NBD. There is no spirit or anything so if this is a pain for you, rethink, especially if you tote a heavy DSLR. I really don't think a fully loaded 7D or 5D will be a good partner for this tripod.Its a mostly steel metal build so I'm confident it will last me a descent amount of time. Not really a jungle mountain pod, but certainly everything else. Then again its so cheap its not a big loss.I went with this as opposed to the other fuller sized cheap tripods for the extreme portability, low minimum height, and of course the sleek look. For the price I am pretty well pleased.

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                                4.0

                                Excellent for traveling with

                                By melmotion

                                from Emeryville CA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                • Folding takes long
                                • Unstable for video

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                                I like the size and portability of this tripod. Primarily for use with Panasonic FZ150 for night shots, video, and HDR. Fits in my messenger bag and light enough to walk around with all day. However, it is somewhat of a pain to collapse for storage and the panning mount seems somewhat cheaply made and not as smooth to operate. But, it serves the purpose of a portable tripod for those perfect night shots.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Excellent tripod!

                                By Noah

                                from Blacksburg, VA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                                  I am using this tripod together with my Lumix LX5, and it's just perfect for it. I like how this 42" tripod can collapse to 11", which makes it very portable. Also, it can double as a tabletop tripod. Just be careful about retracting the legs though. You can hurt yourself if your fingers get caught between retracting segments. I would suggest lubricating the legs of the tripod to avoid forcing the segments back in.

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                                  1.0

                                  compact, but very difficult to collapse

                                  By Jeanene

                                  from San Diego, Ca

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Cumbersome
                                  • Weak Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home

                                  Comments about Polaroid PLTRI42 42" Travel Tripod with Panhead:

                                  Very difficult not to pinch your fingers collapsing this thing, and the time it takes really takes away the convenience factor of having a travel tripod.

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