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PentaxK-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens
 
4.8

(based on 47 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (43)
  • Large clear LCD (42)
  • Easy to use (41)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
  • Fast shutter speed (36)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (14)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (42)
  • Wildlife (33)
  • Travel (32)
  • Low light (27)
  • Sports/action (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (24), Semi-pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

K7 strikes a good balance

Lots of reviews were consulted, many of them several times, before deciding on this camera, my first DSLR since Olympus OM2 days. The other cameras considered were the Olympus E-30 (loyalty...Read complete review

Lots of reviews were consulted, many of them several times, before deciding on this camera, my first DSLR since Olympus OM2 days. The other cameras considered were the Olympus E-30 (loyalty to Olympus) and the Nikon D90 (lots of upward migration available). I chose against the E-30 primarily because of the smaller viewfinder and the low resolution LCD, and against the D90 because it seemed somewhat uninteresting as a device. I found lots of very interesting (and surprisingly supportive) discussion regarding the K7 on the Nikon D90 forum at dpreview!

With the help of a photographer friend who could put things into perspective, I selected this camera solely on the basis of the reviews (could not find the camera locally at retail shop), with particular emphasis on the following reported features: large viewfinder, weight and size, ergonomics, absence of gimmicks in the camera software, weather resistance, microphone jack for video, and reasonable cost of Pentax lenses. I wear glasses, and the viewfinder is wonderful; I have large hands and the grip with the notch for the middle finger is incredibly comfortable. The flush placement of the LCD on the left side is not a problem, as some reviewers have noted, as holding the camera beneath the body and lens with the left hand feels very natural due to the size and excellent balance of the camera plus lens. The buttons are well placed and nicely designed with regards to functionality. More importantly, the function of the two wheels for controlling aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and exposure compensation is incredibly well-designed within the different modes available. In short it is a fun tool to use with user settings that allow the camera to behave exactly as needed. The kit lens is very smooth but, not surprisingly, a bit slow for indoor natural light photos -- and yet the photos are nice.

What do I not like? As all formal reviews have commented, the camera is noisy at ISO 1600 and above. Which means that either flash or faster lenses are needed.

Rather than return the camera because of the noise, I kept it because I like the functionality of the camera software and hard controls, the ergonomics are really excellent, the camera is a serious tool which is fun to use, and the color of the images is exactly what I expect based on conditions and where the exposure compensation is set. I feel like the camera gives me the image that I expect, rather than doing some kind of behind the scenes magic and automatically compensating for my poor skill at times. I like the camera so much that I immediately invested more into its success by purchasing 2 weeks later a fast Pentax 55mm f/1.4 lens for portrait pics and a 50-135mm f/2.8 lens for sports pics.

I have not yet printed any images, nor have I uploaded any yet to LightRoom where I am assuming that I will use a de-noise add-on, as I am still learning about all of the features that are offered by a DSLR vs by film SLRs. So, I cannot comment on the real picture quality -- as I am waiting for the portrait lens to arrive before moving seriously into the processing stage.

In summary, rather than a consumer gadget the K7 feels like a serious but very fun tool, which was exactly what I was looking for. It encourages me to use it and be creative. That was my ultimate goal in upgrading from a point and shoot to a DSLR.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

it's a good camera

I'm semi pro photographer. Upgrading from another SLR camera (Olympus). I like the camera it's more heavy and totally manual. The automatic function is not completely automatic. More difficult to use than...Read complete review

I'm semi pro photographer. Upgrading from another SLR camera (Olympus). I like the camera it's more heavy and totally manual. The automatic function is not completely automatic. More difficult to use than the other.

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5.0

Pentax K-7

By Persnickety

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

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

Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

This is my first DSLR - officially going digital after being a darkroom junkie for 15 years. I use it to shoot a lot of landscape and architecture and candid shots. Outdoors mostly. As opposed to the Nikon or Canon that are in the same field, this camera has water lock which will help me keep it safe in all the strange conditions into which i trapse. Not so great is the high iso quality. Coming from a film background i can not tolerate a pixelated look - so low light and hgh iso are not the best friends to me. But i can use my pentax lenses in this one or on my film camera so i still have the option to shoot in those settings with film.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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5.0

I am in love with Pentax!

By Cinchi

from Georgetown, CT

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

    Great camera! Very comfortable to hold and carry. Controls easily accessible. Many features added that I have longed for in previous cameras.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great camera for the money

    By johnny

    from atlanta, ga

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO
    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

    Camera has great balance and feel when shooting. It gives you the confidence to take it anywhere. Takes beautiful pictures, and has easy to operate settings. Has some noise issues at higher iso settings, but those can be corrected using imaging software.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Buy In Confidence

    By John

    from Lake Forest, CA

    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
    • Meets HDR needs
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

    I sold my Nikon D50 for a more capable camera. The K-7 does not disappoint you. It offers great flexibility and the menus are easy to navigate. I bought it for its fast shutter speed and capability of taking up to five shots for HDR. The camera also can compose its own HDR. The camera is rock solid in your hand. Pentax make great cameras.

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

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    5.0

    awesome small reflex.

    By romain the world traveler

    from Morteau France

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

      I use this camera under all kind of weather : sun sand storm rain cold hot... no problem

      tropicalised lens and magnesium body.

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

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      5.0

      Great Camera

      By Amateur Photographer

      from Hawaii

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

          I recently purchased this camera, and it is my first SLR. I decided I wanted to pick up amateur photography as a hobby. I spent a few weeks reviewing everything I could find and the K-7 seemed to have overall the best ratings and recommendations for the cost/quality of the camera. Although i have only been using it for a couple of weeks now, I am happy to say it has been very easy to use and takes outstanding pictures. Justin

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          • No

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          5.0

          Very nice camera!

          By dust bunny

          from Missouri

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

            I bought this camera because I wanted to use all my older Pentax lenses. I now miss using my K1000 but I do not miss messing with the film. I really like the ability to shoot in all manual, which I am used to. The Program modes and the autofocus lens are nice and have their place too. The controls all make sense and are placed well on the camera body. The lens that came in the kit is a nice one to start with. The auto focus seems to work well. Better than my ZX5n for sure. I just wish it would use my Pentax AF240FT flash in TTL auto mode. I guess I will have a nice new flash instead. I am really impressed with Pentax's customer service. I spoke with them on the phone about warranty should I need it and they answered my questions and did not act like they were hurried to get me off of the phone. I also e-mailed from their web site about the Digital Camera Utility software that comes with the camera. They replied the next business day with a detailed reason and fix for the issue I was having. Buy it, if you already like Pentax and can not quite swing the K-5, you will not be sorry.

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

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            4.0

            I upgraded and am fully satisfied

            By Charlie

            from Watertown, NY

            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

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

              The K 7 works just like my older model so I didn't have to learn new tricks. The lenses were interchangeable saving me some money, which is always nice and I gave the old camera to my grandson who is excited about having a "new DSLR"

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

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              5.0

              I am very glad with this purchase.

              By Wallace

              from S.Paulo, Brazil

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 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
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                I use in all my travels.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                AWESOME

                By 11MILLION13

                from ny

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

                  Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                  I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS CAMERA.

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

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                  4.0

                  nice camera!

                  By jan

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                  it has a good grip and feel. I need to find the time to take more complex photos. I will be taking a digital photography class to learn how I can use the camera to it's fullest. I'm still trying to figure out to use the infrared photo feature on it. Can you help me?

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 5
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great camera!!

                  By DeerSlayer

                  from RI

                  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

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                    After months and months of trying to decide what to buy, I finally decided on this camera. The deciding factors were that it is made of metal, weather resistant, and has an in-camera stabilization. I am not a pro, but these features seem important. The other cameras in this same class lacked these features and feel like toys compared to this one. It is easy to use and takes great pictures....are there others that may be better? Probably, but this camera seems to give the best balance of features for the cost, with decent pics to boot. What more could you ask for?

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

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                    5.0

                    Excellent camera

                    By camera_user_1

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                    Good build quality. Weatherproof. Sharp images at low ISO.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great camera

                    By ThePeoplesElbow

                    from Overland Park, KS

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                    The weather resistant feature has already come in handy during an unexpected snow shower and I was able to snap away without a worry.

                    As a new DSLR user, the "Green" button is a great tool for checking the camera's thoughts on aperature and shutter speed and it still allows me to quickly tweak settings from there.

                    The only down side is that pictures at high ISO settings (1600+) can be grainy.

                    Overall, great camera and I would buy it again.

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

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Product!

                    By Kip

                    from Valley Stream, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                      I am a long tome owner of Pentax products dating back to the "Spotmatic" which my daughter uses to this day teaching her High school photo class. I am very pleased with the durability of the camera and the resolution in low light conditions. I also love the fact that with the adapter I can still use my old screw mount lenses with great results!!

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

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                      4.0

                      "Great things in small packages"

                      By albertaboy

                      from alberta

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO
                      • Poor In Low Light

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                      As an amateur photographer who grew up with a Nikon F2 and outdoors enthusiast, the K7 is an excellent piece of kit. Its lightweight, but solid feel and weatherproofing make it invaluable in the inclement conditions of the Rockies. Just imagine, while everyone else is putting their cameras away in the rainstorm, you don't have a care in the world - except getting that lightning exposure. Image and lens quality are at par (and arguably exceed) the other big names (Nikon, Canon..)

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

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                      3.0

                      it's a good camera

                      By Stellab30

                      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I'm semi pro photographer. Upgrading from another SLR camera (Olympus). I like the camera it's more heavy and totally manual. The automatic function is not completely automatic. More difficult to use than the other.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I LIKE IT

                        By Heebs

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Noisy At High ISO

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I like the layout of the controls. Still trying to figure out the customization menu's.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great

                        By Dave

                        from Newark, DE

                        About Me Semi-pro 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
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                          The camera is great and so easy to use. Quality is better than expected.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Pentax K-7: A Superior Affordable Camera

                          By Stephenator

                          from Tampa Bay, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Excellent image quality
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • In-camera editing
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Live view mode
                          • Long battery life
                          • Quiet
                          • Smooth shutter
                          • Weather sealed

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens:

                            I bought the K-7 after spending almost a year reading about digital cameras. You simply cannot purchase a better camera in this price range. The images are absolutely gorgeous, largely due, I believe, to the excellence of the K-7's white balance feature--colors are true and vivid. If you are new to photography, especially digital photography, there is a learning curve, but you can shoot in Green Mode until you master all the elements. This is a very well-built, weather-sealed camera with the smoothest shutter of any I have ever used--perfect for the subtropical Florida environs where I do most of my photography. Do yourself a favor and pass on those plastic toys made by the big companies--they will give you good results, until they are damaged by moisture, sand, dropping, etc. I had very high expectations for this product based on the many positive Internet reviews, but the K-7 has easily exceeded them. I like this camera more the longer I own it. Don't be dissuaded by what others call its one weakness: low-light performance (unless you plan to shoot regularly in very low light conditions, you will not be disappointed). I find good picture quality even up to 2500 ISO, and that's with the kit lens. The build quality is evident the moment you hold it in your hands--weighty (but not heavy), compact, and "tight." What more can I say? The images are nothing less than superb, so order your K-7 soon and enjoy an entirely new level of digital quality.

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