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FujifilmX-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 108 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (77)
  • Large clear LCD (76)
  • Great resolution (71)
  • Easy to use (70)
  • Good in low light (61)

Cons

  • Short battery life (45)
  • Complicated controls (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (80)
  • Low light (59)
  • Family photos (57)
  • Weddings (40)
  • Macro photography (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (44), Semi-pro photographer (29), Pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (89)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best thing that happened to me...

For the past 20 years I've been shooting Nikon as well as medium format film - Mamiya C330 and the Mamiya AF645.I was late to make the jump from the Nikon F5 to the...Read complete review

For the past 20 years I've been shooting Nikon as well as medium format film - Mamiya C330 and the Mamiya AF645.I was late to make the jump from the Nikon F5 to the D200 and would use digital andd film for different purposes. I slowly updated from D200 to D300 to D700 and at that point I started to realize that I shot less digital than film, because my Nikon equipment actually started weighing more than my Mamiya medium format sets!It was time to reconsider what I wanted to get out of digital. I got an Olympus OM-D EM5 with 5 primes. It was fun and fast, but it felt too digital and completely missed the depth of focus. I sold the entire MFT set. I had been following the X-system for a while and really liked the glass, but the bodies were just not what I hoped for. They were slow, buggy and at time not very responsive. Well, that completely changed with the X-T1. It is wonderful body that lets you shoot as if you are shooting with your old film camera. The film settings in-camera as well as the post-processing in-camera are great features. This camera is completely different from the X-Pro1. It is very responsive, highly customizable and produces wonderful results. I am very impressed.I used the X-T1 with the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 and the Samyang / Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 fisheye MF. Great lenses. Though with f/1.4 you might want to buy a good B+W ND8 or 16 filter, because in bright sunlight you'll hit the 1/4000 second quickly.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great camera for watercolor landscapes

I purchased this camera hoping I can lug a lightweight camera for hikes, but after careful evaluation with the Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 prime I found that fine details tend to not be...Read complete review

I purchased this camera hoping I can lug a lightweight camera for hikes, but after careful evaluation with the Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 prime I found that fine details tend to not be rendered properly by the various RAW processors I've tried - including in-camera JPG engine. I see especially on green or brown detail (leaves or twigs) a watercolor effect where I don't get well defined edge detail. I also notice sharpening halos on some medium detail areas of the image, even when the sharpness of the camera is set to "low". My 5D Mark III while a little higher in MP count does not exhibit this effect.You can see the watercolor effect even on the sample images posted by Fuji in the green details. Foreground detail is excellent, but rapidly degrades to watercolor and mush as the objects get smaller. I don't see nearly as much mush on mid-range and long-range detail on my 5D Mk III.https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_t1/sample_images/img/index/ff_x_t1_003.JPGFurther, while the size of the camera and the general feel is excellent, the buttons on the back do not have enough travel and feel like mush when pressed. Also, where is the rear scroll wheel (ala Canon/Sony) on the X100s which I loved?

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5.0

Awesome!

By Andre W

from Rahway, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I bought this camera along with the 18mm f2.0, the 35mm f1.4 and the 56mm f1.2. No regrets for switching from DSLRs! The glass is clear and bright from corner-to-corner and matches beautifully with the X-T1.

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      5.0

      Perfect for me...and my photography!!

      By French02Chris

      from Florida

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I started using Fuji with the X-E1 in the Summer as a 3rd camera for weddings. I used the X-E1 for details shots.

      Then after being able to use Raw with LR 5.6, and seeing what the X-E1 could really do, I made the jump and bought the X-T1.

      As soon as I received it, I had 2 engagement sessions to photograph.

      This camera is perfect for me!!! I love the colors, I love the dials on the top!!! and I really love the size. However, It is really small!!!..but so light!!!

      As of today ( december 14th 2014) , I have sold all my Canon gear and use the X-T1 and X-E1 only for weddings.
      I am getting a 2nd X-T1 before the start of the 2015 wedding season...as well as the 56mm f/1.2.

      The only downside is that the battery does not last as long as my 5d series....but my back feels better.

      As for my the clients...nobody cares about the size of your camera. It is how you use it!
      Actually, I even get better candid shots of people at weddings as they are less aware of me being there.

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      4.0

      Great Mirrorless Camera

      By Joe

      from Chandler, AZ

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

      Bought as an upgrade to my X-E1. Camera focuses much faster. The viewfinder is a joy to look through. Makes a strong case for leaving the DSLR at home, especially when traveling.

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      5.0

      Close to perfection

      By Mike@8500

      from Woodland Park, CO

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      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I've only had the camera a couple of weeks so I've been spending my time getting to know it. I do landscape and scenery photography and I'm looking forward to using this more in the field. I'm 'old-school' and this camera takes me back to the manual simplicity of the Nikon FM days. This is my third X-series camera and Fuji has won my loyalty. I have never experienced a company that updates legacy products with software updates whenever they can. Plus they listen to their customers and make updates and adjustments from feedback they receive.

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      5.0

      My Fujifilm X System Is Complete

      By Left Eye Dom

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Balanced
      • Expertly Engineered
      • Quick response
      • Well built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fashion
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Portraits
        • Travel

        Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

        Beginning with the X-E2 body and kit lens(18-55mm) I began to acquire more Fuji lenses, the 14mm, 23mm, Zeiss 32mm, Fuji 56mm, and finally the Fuji 55-200mm. I was very happy with the X-E2 but was well aware of its shortcomings. It wasn't meant to shoot action, but that was alright because I shoot mostly portraits. The Fuji lenses that I invested in were all extremely sharp and I loved the Fuji system I acquired. My only complaint in shooting people portraits was the small amount of lag time that captured more blinks than I would normally get with my Canon 5DMkII system. I hoped that would be corrected in the X-T1 body. To my delight it was. Much fewer blinks and more instantaneous response. I am now 100% pleased with my investment.

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        5.0

        fuji xt1 best camera

        By derek

        from new york

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

          Use this camera for freelance work and it never failed me while on assignment.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          In lLove With This Camera!

          By Crosby

          from Tuscaloosa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel

          Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

          This camera is so great! I use it for casual shooting and just used it today for an outdoor portrait session teamed up with my fujinon 55-200 zoom lens. Blown away by the image quality and ease of use. i just got the camera last Thursday so this is the first real test of its worthiness. It is so much easier than my X-Pro1 that I've had for about two years now. My only complaint, other than short battery life, is that the video recording button kept getting pushed instead of the shutter release as they are adjacent to each other. I will get used to that after a while though. I almost always use my Nikon D4 for such shoots, but this is SO much easier to carry around with three or four lenses. I think this camera will be my go to camera for a lot more jobs now.

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          5.0

          Love this camera!

          By blindrobert

          from Austin, TX

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

            The camera is so lightweight and comfortable to hold, the viewfinder is excellent and the tilting view screen is really helpful. I love how Fuji cameras render images, I love the lenses - I sold my XPro-1 a few months ago and was missing it. This is definitely a step up!

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            5.0

            Best Camera Ever Used

            By Nick

            from Owensboro KY

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I firmly believe mirror less cameras are the way of the future. This camera competes with the best of DSLRs. Great picture quality and all the modern tech you would want with the old school buttons on top. Would recommend.

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              5.0

              The Camera I Should Have Bought

              By Chris

              from Rockville, MD

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Outstanding Viewfinder
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                I purchased my first Fujifilm mirrorless camera, an X-E2 with the 18-55mm kit lens, because I wanted something less bulky and lighter than my full-frame Nikon DSLR for travel. But I was so pleased with both the image quality and how pleasant it was to carry around that I found myself using it much more often than I had anticipated. I was tempted to invest in more Fuji glass, but I had some reservations about the X-E2's viewfinder and handling. So I decided to rent an X-T1 for a few days and see how it compared. By the second day of shooting with the rental unit, I decided to buy one. The X-T1 uses the same Fuji X-Trans light sensor and processor as the X-E2 and the firmware is very similar, so the image quality is, as far as I can determine, identical: everything I said about it in my review of the X-E2 applies equally to the X-T1. But the X-T1's eye-level viewfinder is far superior to the one on its less-expensive sibling. Actually, it's the best I've used on any camera, including my full-frame D800E, modulo the inherent differences between an electronic viewfinder and an optical one. The viewing area is very large, very bright, and very clear. It's a genuine pleasure to shoot with. The on-screen information display is unobtrusive (there are several data-display options, including the ability to turn off all information), and even rotates when the camera is in vertical orientation so the displayed information remains right-side-up and on the bottom of the screen. I also feel the additional manual controls on the X-T1 make it much easier to handle than its sibling. They greatly reduce the need to delve into the menus during typical shooting. The programmable function buttons on the right-front and right-back of the camera are especially welcome because the tactile response of the small, four-way controller is, if anything, somewhat inferior to that of the X-E2's. There are some other product differentiators that add usefully to the X-T1's feature list and, again, both cameras offer the same remarkable image quality and both use the same excellent Fujinon lenses. But—at least from my perspective—the outstanding eye-level viewfinder on the X-T1 alone is well worth the extra money.

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                5.0

                Huge image quality, not so huge size

                By Chris

                from San Mateo, CA

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Evf
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No In-body stabilization

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Image quality out of this camera is great, and the size is completely manageable. A camera you can definitely carry anywhere with you. No it won't fit in your pocket, but almost none of the mirrorless options out there with interchangable lenses will actually allow that.
                Not the highest resolution sensor out there, and definitely a slight step down from my full frame Canon, but all the same, for the size the image quality is more than acceptable.

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                5.0

                Ahead of Nikon, ahead of Canon

                By Edu1000i

                from New york

                Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                A name brand that belonged mostly to the era of film is surpassing the main camera brands with it's innovation and at the same time retro look. Excellent quality and construction, the optics on parallel with the best. When I grab my Nikon D700 now is like holding a baby mammoth. Looking forward to the full frame version..

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                5.0

                SLR is Dead.

                By J

                from CA

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Just about everything

                Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Nothing short of impressed with what Fuji have put together with the X-T1. It's small, it's quiet, it's a joy to use, and it's a gorgeous camera. Someone was actually thinking about photographers when they designed this. The out of camera jpeg's are awesome. ACR fully supports Fuji's RAF files now, and Fuji is known to continually update their products. I'm glad I switched. Fuji is the new Leica.

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                5.0

                Amazing little camera!

                By NeoPhoto

                from New York

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                I brought this little gem with me on a trip to Arizona and I was blown away by the quality and crispness of the pictures it produced. Really worth it!

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                5.0

                Manual Shooter's Camera

                By Jcooper

                from Oregon

                Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                I traded my D700 in for this camera. Nothing has encouraged me to get rid of the best camera I ever had until the X T1 came on the scene. Will I miss the D700? Yes, somewhat. But I have been shooting completely manual for over a decade, and the Fuji is stellar in this regard. I am still a big fan of Nikon and I have kept all my Nikon lenses which I am using with a Novoflex adaptor on the Fuji. Works great. I hope Nikon makes a large sensor ILC mirror-less. If they do I will be back on board in a flash. I have owned Nikons since the mid- Eighties. Love Nikons.

                The X T1 is tremendous in image quality and ergonomics. My foray into mirrorless began several months ago. I purchased a Nikon Coolpix A. Too small and not enough external controls. 28 mm just a little too wide for a fixed lens. Then I bought a Sony A 6000. It is a wonderful little speedy camera, but I did not like the ergonomics and controls. Hate the spinning wheel where a four way controller should be on any camera. So I tried a Fuji X-E2. This was what I was looking for. It was almost perfect. But I would not give up my D700, yet. Then the X T1 appeared. It is not as retro looking as the X E2 but it is just more and better. Not in IQ. But the EVF is so good I don't miss an optical viewfinder.

                Everything is right where it should be and I have not even modified the function buttons. I know where everything is for my adjustments
                Is it perfect? No.
                I cannot understand why a manual shooter cannot use the exposure compensation dial to adjust the ISO
                The ISO dial lock button is silly. If anything it should lock the ring below it.

                But other than that this camera is very satisfying. I'm having great fun.

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                4.0

                Sweet... Totally

                By Dw

                from Oakland, CA

                Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Very pleased with this purchase. Sleek, lightweight and feature laden. I used to shoot with a Canon 7D and really liked it, but the new mirrorless cameras are lighter and have the same great image quality. I am a big fan of the EVF and HUD. The film and advanced modes can add lots of style too.
                Wireless function is a very nice touch and allows me to shoot remotely, but the functions are very limited and I either have to continually reconnect by going to my device settings or leave it on and waste batteries for both devices. And the camera strap it comes with is simply terrible, small feels cheap and very uncomfortable - will definitely need to buy a new one. Battery life has been so-so.
                Overall still very pleased.

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                4.0

                battery life a nightmare

                By jaybee

                from new zealand

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                This a great camera for travel. It is much lighter than my canon slr.
                However, the biggest downside for me is the battery life. Thankfully i purchased a 2nd battery. A battery grip was an option but that adds further weight.
                Apart from this issue im very pleased with the overall performance of the camera.

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                4.0

                Great camera but some annoying features

                By Ivan

                from Israel

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                Pros

                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Street Photography
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  On the whole I am very pleased with this camera. It looks great and the pictures I have so far taken with it with the Fuji 10-24 and the Fuji 23 prime are very sharp indeed. The EVF is also very satisfactory although at its default setting is way too bright and I had to turn it down.

                  Things that I find less than satisfactory are the following:

                  1. The user manual is very poor and explanations are cryptic. Many things you will only understand by trial and error.

                  2. Aperture is only adjustable via the aperture ring on the lens. This ring, however, moves too easily, for example your right hand fingers can inadvertently move the ring while shooting.

                  3. The position of the AF-L button is horrible and for me makes it unusable. I like to separate the focus from the shutter button and use the AF-L button to focus. However, it is positioned at the extreme upper right hand corner of the back of the camera, making it impossible to use unless your thumb is not more than 1cm long. The AE-L button is far better positioned, but you cannot swap the functions of the AE-L and AF-L buttons.

                  4. There is no built-in GPS for geotagging. You can however transmit geotagging information from the Fuji Remote App on your phone, however this is not updated real-time and if you move to a new location you have to transmit again.

                  On the whole, however, I am very pleased with the camera.

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                  5.0

                  Very happy with it

                  By Asquared

                  from near Bellingham, Washington

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      Very satisfied with this camera, selected after getting input from a couple of professional photographers. My wife and I are hobbyists, wanted a camera that would do well with mountain vistas and macros. This camera is relatively light weight considering it's capabilities. The lens options are extensive, and lens and camera appear to be be high-quality construction. Controls are fairly intuitive and manual is clear. Both the electronic viewfinder and screen are clear, even in fairly bright sun, and the on-screen info is useful. Control locations and mechanics are fine, we see no need for optional grips at this point. Can't comment on battery life yet. No complaints.

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                      5.0

                      Great features, good value

                      By Mountainside

                      from Davis, WV

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Viewfinder

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscapes
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        Great features include: A viewfinder that is as amazing as most reviewers have reported. The top mounted analog dials. Focus assist features in manual mode that are superb. The autofocus with the lens I've used, e.g. 18-135mm, is very fast and accurate. The tilt screen is very useful for low level shots.Things that could be better are: The shot mode selection ring could use a lock feature. The access panel doors are flimsy. The exposure peaking feature in live view is missing. The histogram seems to be a bit off.

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