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Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Navy)
 
4.7

(based on 184 reviews)

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    (2)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (157)
  • Easy to use (153)
  • Fast shutter speed (122)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (114)
  • High ISO performance (106)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (12)
  • Short battery life (12)
  • Small LCD screen (11)
  • Noisy at high ISO (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (113)
  • Travel (107)
  • Low light (92)
  • Wildlife (74)
  • Sports/action (73)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (79), Casual photographer (67), Semi-pro photographer (19), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (67), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Pleased

I am very pleased with my recent purchase of the Pentax K-X with the kit lens. The white color aka Stormtrooper, is fabulous. The camera is comfortable to hold and delivers very good...Read complete review

I am very pleased with my recent purchase of the Pentax K-X with the kit lens. The white color aka Stormtrooper, is fabulous. The camera is comfortable to hold and delivers very good image quality. The kit lens is a little soft but it does improve well when stopped down to f8 or so. The shutter is a little noisy - it doesn't have the refined sound of a Nikon or Canon shutter mostly because of the mirror slap. But you get used to it and it reminds me of some of my early film SLR's.

The K-X doesn't have the quick access function buttons that other cameras have. But it does have a very good interface that allows functions to be accessed by pressing the INFO button and then navigating quickly to a function you want to change. You don't need to page through menus as you do with other entry level cameras. While not as fast as dedicated buttons, it is MUCH faster than menu driven cameras.

Some people have complained about the camera being picky about batteries. Mine has been flawless. I've used Sanyo Eneloops and managed about 650 shots before the battery indicator turned red and the camera shut off. I am not trying to exhaust the AA lithium batteries that came with the camera and I'm still green after 705 shots.

Anyone looking for an entry level camera with features such as in camera HDR, quick focusing liveview, exposure bracketing, 1/6000th shutter speed, excellent high ISO image quality and comfortable, quick handling, would do themselves an injustice not to consider the Pentax K-X.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Have a bad copy

The copy I received is not perfect, but this is not to detract from the K-x potential. I should have returned it for a replacement.

In general, it's not a bad...Read complete review

The copy I received is not perfect, but this is not to detract from the K-x potential. I should have returned it for a replacement.

In general, it's not a bad little camera. With hit and miss focusing, my success rate is about 40%. However, a perfectly exposed and focused image will print to 40x60" ! Stunning quality in this respect.

Getting about 1700 images per set of batts.

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5.0

GOOD battery life in a Great Little Camera

By Rob-48

from NSW, Australia

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

    Great "starter" SLR camera (I have had 2 of these)
    Battery life is GOOD, if you use QUALITY AA batteries (alkaline energizer, or lithium), and is much better than most rechargeable battery packs in more expensive cameras.
    Ideal SLR for travelling (AA batteries), especially with the new Sigma 18-300mm lens (I previously used the Sigma 18-250)
    ALL k-mount lenses work, properly
    Pentax autofocus varies greatly from ome camera body to another, but all I can say is that both my K-x's are FAST and accurate.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great quality for the price

    By Luca Hana

    from Italy

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Navy):

    Just love it!
    I strongly believe this camera is the best for beginners like myself.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Perfection

    By Mia

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (White):

      I got this camera refurbished because I really wanted a Kx and I couldn't find one anywhere else. It's a great camera for beginners like myself, and I've had zero problems with it. The battery life, contrary to all I've heard, is amazing. It's been quite awhile and I'm still on the batteries that came with it. Great camera for a good price [...]

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Not so great

      By rajubhai55

      from Chicago, il

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Poor Image Quality

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (White):

      I bought a refurbished K-x and the flash won't sync with shutter for manual lens. The camera feels like cheak plastic product compare to K200D that I intended to replace. Plan on hold and will continue using K200D. K-5 seems good but is very expensive.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Best AA battery Camera

      By Wizzer White

      from Houston, Tx

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • BusinessIndustrial
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

        This refurbished K-x performs every bit as good as the one I bought "new" last year. The K-x is a excellent camera for anyone wanting to take pictures - I could do without all the video features. Aperture and shutter control, a good APS-C sensor and a decent lens. What more could a photographer want? I believe it is the best camera for a traveling professional because it uses AA batteries.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Love my new camera!

        By Jelly

        from Charleston, sc

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Small LCD Screen

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (White):

        Finding a refurbished camera was easy and the information I needed was clear and easy to find

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        My first DSLR. LOVE IT!

        By Justin

        from Warrensburg, MO

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

          This is a great beginner camera. Takes great pictures in low light and the kit lens is good and sharp. I am loving learning photography with this camera!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Love It!!!!!!

          By Snapshot479

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Navy):

            The quality of the photo's is amazing, size is perfect, it is great for multiple shots for action photo's. The camera is great for beginners! Auto Pict setting is great for quick shots it seems to be pretty accurate for the most part. Has a very long battry life, which is great. I would recommend when shooting turn on flash because doesn't always flash when needed on auto flash in daylight (ex. in car, shade etc). Also I would use a filter because it makes a huge difference. I would definately buy again!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Pentax K-X (Navy Blue) ** Refurbished**

            By Benoit

            from Montreal, Quebec

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Battery Life
            • Good grip
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Price

            Cons

            • Discontinued
            • No AF points viewfinder
            • Shutter sound

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Navy):

            I'm a beginner in the photography business. What invites me to buy the Pentax K-X is of course the price vs the competition.

            Cheaper does not necessarely rimes with less for your money.

            What i like about it is :

            - The price. Almost 100-150 cheaper than the Nikon and Canon's entry level DSLR.

            - The Grip. I have small hands, and the grip is great, fits perfectly in my hands. It also does not feel cheap at the touch.

            - Picture Quality at high iso.

            - AA batteries instead of battery-pack. You could make 1500+ shots with some good lithium batteries (Energizer Adv. Lithium). Also, simple batteries are more convenient than battery-packs.

            The things that i found not that great about this camera are :

            - Noisy shutter. It is not that bad, but just a bit louder than the competition. You can almost feel the shutter close in your hand.

            - The Menus are simple, but not beginner-friendly as the Nikon D3100 for example.

            - 230k dots LCD screen. The screen itself is large enough, but it needs more pixels. Not that it bothers me, sometime, i'd like to make an opinion on the picture i took with the screen.

            - Pentax K-X is now discontinued :( . You will have to buy it refurbed or used. If you are lucky some stores might have it in stock. In my case, i bought it refurbished.

            It's been 2-3 weeks that i have the camera now and i'm totally satisfied. I had a struggle between the K-X and the K-R and for 200$ less, i chose the K-X, and i don't regret it. I will by another lens for the saving i made :)

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Just what I ordered

            By Stan the forester

            from Idaho

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

              Use camera for wildland fire investigation

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great starter digital SLR

              By Osanida

              from Kadena AB, Japan

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                I bought this camera to make the leap from a digital point and shoot to a digital SLR. I last used an old film SLR 10 yrs ago, so it'll be nice to see what I remember and learn even more about photography.

                I'm very happy the camera accepts AA lithium batteries and there is a lengthy printed operating manual too. Additionally, there are more than enough manual settings for my needs. Lastly, the price is right and was lowest on B&H!

                I haven't found any cons yet.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Pretty good

                By FrumPilot

                from New York

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                  Coming from a pentax film camera I stayed within the pentax line so I can use my other faster lenses.I have no previous experiance with digital cameras, however I was extremly pleased with the image stabilazation of this camera. With my other camera, I would have never attempted to take a picture less than 1/30 of a second. This camera allowed a decent picture at about half that shutter speed. The higher Iso setting is also helpful without too much noise. The image qulity with the kit lens is okay, not as sharp as i would have liked, but then again my old lenses didn't really do a better job.color was great however. I have one hot pixel [...]One point to be taken though that i find it difficult to focus manually with my older lenses as threre's no split prism and such in the viewfinder, so unless I'm outside, I would not use those faster lenses, but that defeats the whole pupose of the faster lens.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great for a beginner!

                  By songman

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                    I was looking for an entry level DSLR camera in order to learn photography. For the entry level price, this camera takes great pictures in automatic mode, and has many advanced features, including video. I look forward to experimenting with all the camera can do and learning the art of photography. I especially like the small size of the camera for travel, and the fact that it uses AA batteries that can be found almost anywhere.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Easy to use, Fast

                    By tomo

                    from Burlington, VT

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                        I have two small, fast kids and this camera is able to capture the pictures when I need them and can take multiple frames/ second. I was able to also use this as a video camera as well but I have not figured out how to take longer clips than a few minutes. Also, I have been able to use an older zoom lens from a 10 year old Pentax film camera without any issues - it too is auto-focus but was not designed for a digital camera. I have not figured out what i do not like about this camera, but I am no expert.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Amazing for the price

                        By Ben

                        from New Haven, CT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                          This is a truly spectacular camera for under[$]. I've been taking photos of my family in low light and have had great results at high ISO. Even with the kit lens I'm getting sharp photos with gently blurred backgrounds. Contrast is great; default saturation is maybe a little high but I kinda like it. In any case it's adjustable.My only problems with it are Live View, which is so slow as to be practically useless, and a slightly awkward reach to the adjustment wheel, which may be partially because it is so small for an SLR.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 7
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Really top level for first DSLR

                          By Clara Bene

                          from Tulsa - OK

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • High ISO Performance

                          Cons

                          • Noisy image stabilization

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                          For a long i was searching for the best entry-level DSLR, and i decided that the one with the best value would be the K-x. I love this camera, and i definatelly succeeded in my decision!! Totally recommended.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          great product, and excellent price

                          By juan alberto

                          from Hialeha, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization

                          Cons

                          • Small LCD Screen

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                          This is a wonderful digital camera at an incredible price. Very small, but powerful and plenty of advance characteristics

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                          5.0

                          Great camera - many pros, few cons

                          By Andy6140

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • Poor In Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                          As a first-timer in the DSLR world, this camera is amazing. You don't really have to learn much more than you would with a point-and-shoot...you just change the dial to take a pic at night, indoors, outdoors, etc. Not much to it really - and it's light enough to carry around wherever you go. The only two downsides I've found is in low-light conditions, like dusk...you sometimes have to play around with the options (night, low-light, etc.) to find the setting that takes the best picture. The other is with the live-view, it's a much slower focus than viewing through the lens, but you're probably taking more photos looking through the lens than you are the live-view, so this might be a moot point. This being my first DSLR, I probably just don't know enough about the settings to choose the right one. Overall, it's a great camera (video is superb too) and would definitely recommend it.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent performance - Excellent Value

                          By Hafus

                          from Dayton, OH

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                            I bought this camera to replace a pocket digital camera. Main intent is to photograph kids' and family activities. Ideally suited for this purpose.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 9
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            SOLID but little camera

                            By eternal art student

                            from Pittsburgh, PA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Small Body
                            • Small grip

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                            I'm a practicing artist in sculpture. I use the camera for documenting mine, and others 2-D and 3-D artworks. I was looking to upgrade from a 5 year old DSLR and was curious to try the K-X. I found this camera to be very very solid- it felt like a very expensive camera...except for the fact it was a little too small for my liking. My girlfriend held the camera with ease, and found every button to be in the right place. I had a similar conclusion, but it felt just a little too cramped for my liking. I ended up returning this camera, and upgrading to a K-R by Pentax. Both cameras are similar, but the K-R fits in my hand better. The user interface on both is fairly clear, and with some quick looks at the manual- very easy to navigate. The full auto mode produces fantastic results, and with a class 6 memory card, both cameras are extremely fast. I highly recommend either one. If you are an absolute perfectionist, go with the K-R- for the illuminated focusing points, and the better LCD monitor. For most people, the K-X is more than adequate, and for the price- cannot be beat.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 8
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                            • No

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