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CanonEOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit
 
4.8

(based on 439 reviews)

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    (71)

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    (4)

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    (2)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (395)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (320)
  • Easy to use (319)
  • Large clear LCD (303)
  • Fast shutter speed (301)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (35)
  • Short battery life (21)
  • Poor in low light (12)
  • Lag / shutter delay (7)
  • Small LCD screen (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (314)
  • Travel (269)
  • Sports/action (257)
  • Wildlife (242)
  • Low light (236)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (165), Semi-pro photographer (140), Casual photographer (61), Pro photographer (51), Photography student (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (323), Yes (35)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Canon 7D has put my DVX/HVX to rest

I am a professional videographer who has been using the Panasonic DVX/ HVX for several years. I waited a long time to purchase a new camera that is keeping up with the times and...Read complete review

I am a professional videographer who has been using the Panasonic DVX/ HVX for several years. I waited a long time to purchase a new camera that is keeping up with the times and I finally went with the Canon 7D because of price and performance. I have been very happy with the cameras capabilities, dynamic quality and overall performance. I first used the camera on a vacation and thought it was funny how often I saw other tourists with this camera around their necks. Then when I returned to the world, I have used it for photo shoots as well as short films and even a friends wedding. I also keep seeing other small groups of filmmakers around town filming with this camera, including lame TMZ paparazzi types in Los Angeles. From tourists, to filmmakers, to evil paps, this camera is EVERYWHERE; for good reason too.

While it took me getting used to handling a DSLR camera for shooting video, I have gotten a pretty good feel for it with lots of practice and have been challenged with learning alot more about photography and cinematography because of it. I enjoy the wide 18mm lens and the 135mm offers a nice depth of field. My next purchase will ultimately be a 2.8 mid-range lens. I already had a nice Canon 2.8/ 70-200mm lens which performs great with the 7D. The 60fps is a thing of beauty and along with the steep price difference, this also made me choose the 7D over the 5D. Hands down, the 7D wins for the value ratio of cost/ performance. I also say that for shooting video, having the wider 18-135mm lens is worth the little extra money for a great everyday use lens. The 28-135 lens was okay, but that extra touch of wide made it feel more familiar to my work with using pro-video cameras like the DVX/ HVX. While I have external mics to use, I am also very impressed with the on-board mic. But beware that it will pick up camera operation noises, such as focus/ zooming/ adjusting the dials.

The only real negative issue I am experiencing is not with the camera, but is with editing on my modest computer that I have been using without issues for my previous video footage for nearly 4 years. My 2007 Macbook and Final Cut Pro 6 isn't up to speed with what this camera's hi-def video can do. While I saved alot of money on a great camera that I will continue to use for photography and indie filmmaking, I will need to get a new Mac Pro computer and Final Cut Pro 7. This is where it gets expensive, but in order to have a proper work flow with all the bells and whistles to handle the massive hi quality video, you'll need this to get the best result for the cameras capabilities on a Mac. The hardware & software upgrade is needed for the changing times and codecs and video cards, etc. to handle the hi-def information. That's just part of evolution I suppose. I'm happy about the cost of the 7D, but being a slave to Mac prices and constant upgrades can bite me.

Overall, I'm blown away by this camera. But do remember, it is a photography camera first and a video camera second. Hard swish panning and hard rack zooms do cause a bit of video disturbance if you're rough with handling it. I did use it on my old Glidecam and a Jib arm crane with great results. Beware of the accessories you'll want to get the moment you start playing with it from shoulder mounts and a very necessary eye loop for the LCD screen. I also found a 2nd battery to be absolutely needed and at least a Lexar 16GB CF card for shooting alot of video. Instead of buying more expensive CF cards, i bought a portable LaCie Rugged 500Gb hard drive to dump footage on with a USB Lexar card reader which takes about 18 mins to transfer 16Gb of video footage. The 16Gb amounts to about 50mins of hi-def video footage. Hope that was useful! Cheers and happy shooting.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overheats in video mode, great image

Purchased this camera a week ago for a nonprofit interview series---had five shoots in five days, lasting around 3 to 4 hours each. After about two hours of continuous use, the...Read complete review

Purchased this camera a week ago for a nonprofit interview series---had five shoots in five days, lasting around 3 to 4 hours each. After about two hours of continuous use, the camera began to flash a red thermometer and even automatically closed the aperture all the way down for no apparent reason. At the end of one longer shoot day, the camera also produced 4 corrupt files that I could not open on my computer, presumably related to the overheating problem.

These problems, in conjunction with the fact that you can only record 4gb/12 minute video files at a time, make this a less than optimal video machine. I have the camera outfitted with a hoodloope, a zoom h4n for audio recording, and some various clamps and holders for stabilization. The image quality is fantastic, and the fact that I can so easily switch between SLR still shooting and HD video shooting is exceptionally convenient. I used this to shoot portraits of my interviewees as well as interviews, and both sets of images look great in decent lighting conditions. The overheating generally took sustained use over several hours, and can be managed by powering down for a few minutes.

Even so, anyone considering this camera for serious video use should be aware of the difficulties and quirks yet to be fully worked out. It shoots in h.264, which is not a good codec for FCP or Adobe Premiere, demanding ANOTHER post production step of transcoding.

I think the camera is worth it---I find the shallow depth of field produced by the Canon lenses extremely attractive. But know that making this work for video production takes a lot of extra effort.

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5.0

Exceeded my expectations.

By Bobby D.

from Frisco, TX

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

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

    The Canon 7D replaced my Canon 20D and I am very pleased with the ease of use and the excellent quality of the photos. I've had it only a short while but I'm already excited with its performance. I'm still discovering all its features and expect to be enjoying it for a long time.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Barely begun to explore the features

    By chappy

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

    I primarily use the product to take photos of lacrosse games.

    The clarity of the motion shots are really good.

    As a relative beginner - the controls can be a bit daunting but after a little play and research I found a few set ups that work very well.

    The weight is a bit heavier than the Rebel I was using before but I do like the solid feel in my hands.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great

    By RANDOM

    from Quincy,MA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

    This product is great and is very useful when taking pics

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    4.0

    kit lens great camera

    By ktnneok

    from northeast oklahoma

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

      Second 7D body, older 7D was getting higher and higher shutter count so I purchased this new 7D for primary and will use the older body as secondary. Great camera, fast fps and focal points seem adequate. I use mainly for sports photography.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good stuff

      By chmatuk

      from Monterrey Mexico

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • 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 Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

      The top of semi professional Cameras

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Canon 7d

      By Mike

      from NY, NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

        Camera is amazing. Changed the way I look at photography

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Perfect way to capture a moment

        By Ally girl

        from Sacramento County

        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

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

          Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

          Love this camera. Ease of use, quality, style and abilities. This is a perfect camera to use for the simplest to the most complex of shots.

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

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          5.0

          Great HD Video

          By OC Brent

          from Irvine, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Video
          • High ISO Performance

          Cons

          • Small LCD Screen

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

          After recommending this camera to a friend who was looking to shoot a short film, I decided to buy one for myself.

          I was looking for an HD camera with interchangeable lenses to shoot video with. I did not want to pay the high price for full frame lenses - so the 5D was out and as much as I like the BlackMagic Cinema Camera I could not afford all the goodies to go with it for post production.

          The Canon EOS 7D is a perfect entry into DSLR filmmaking. I am planning on downloading the Technicolor Cinema style so that it boosts the contrast for color grading in post.

          I have only played with this camera for a few days but I am in love with the ease of use and the smooth video. The lens is great! The focus ring is in the right spot to use a follow focus. I highly recommend a 50mm lens to go with the stock lens that comes with it for filmmaking as the nifty fifty is what I use 60-70% of the time.

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

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          4.0

          This is a great camera

          By Jose

          from New York, 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
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

            Awesome

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

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            5.0

            Excellent semi-pro DSLR

            By Tresed47

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Noisy At High ISO

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

            I am an experienced amateur suing this camera as a hobby, My interests are mainly birds, macros and landscapes. The fast focus is important for birds in flight

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

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            5.0

            Great Camera

            By Joe

            from New Jersey, NY

            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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

              I love this camera. Great pictures and video.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              In love!

              By Leigh

              from Gulf Coast, AL

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

                    I have used the 60D for 2 years and this was my upgrade for daily beach photography. I love it! I've shot two weddings with it as well. Zero complaints! Favorite aspect is how much easier it is to switch from video to photo and back.

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

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                    5.0

                    The "can do" camera

                    By Amy

                    from Greenville, NC

                    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
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

                      I previously owned a canon 30d and made the jump to a 7d. What a difference! The 7d is made for any type o situation from still photography to professional grade video capabilities. It's the "Can Do" camera!

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Still a great camera, but the 18-135

                      By ojaijohn

                      from Ojai, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video

                      Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

                      Great camera for my uses - mostly sports. Been shooting with Canon SLRs & DSLRs forever and this is a nice addition to the collection. My only minor quibble is that the 18-135 lens included with this package deal is the OLD version of the lens, not the updated "STM". I have both, picture quality is negligible, but the STM has a couple of nice features. Read online re: the difference, may or may not be important to you. I should have read the fine print! Overall very pleased.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera

                      By nylaojin

                      from NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      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

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

                        It is my baby, work perfect for birding and sports.

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

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Camera and Lens

                        By ramakris

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Little Heavy
                        • Noisy At High ISO
                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

                        This is my first DSLR and I am novice user. I don't have any idea of how to take good photographs and but always had inclination towards photography and nice camera. After too much of research I found this as ideal for me.
                        I used this camera and lens for my San Diego trip and I can't tell how expressive photographs were. It took some time to understand the basic functionality but the photographs were excellent. Image stabilization of the lens is absouletely flawless.
                        I would definitely recommend this.

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

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                        5.0

                        Best camera I ever purchased

                        By Kurt Kokaine

                        from St Louis Mo

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

                              I use this product for shooting cinema videos
                              And freelancing production company

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Beautiful!

                              By Mike

                              from Mineola, NY

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Image Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

                                Bought to begin shooting video for both a hobby and for some cash for a physical trainer friend of mine. Everything looks great, and I'm having a lot of fun learning about lenses and accessories. I'm really new to all of this, so it's this mysterious (and expensive!) world that I'm getting in to. I almost bought a 5D Mark II at someone's suggestion, but honestly I think this is perfect for me. I don't know if I'd be able to tell the difference between the two, really. The only issue is that it's complicated and I have no clue what I'm doing! But that's my fault. Every time I figure out a new function or solve a problem it's like a puzzle and I'm having a good time with it.

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

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                                5.0

                                Great Camera

                                By Londie

                                from Washington, DC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                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

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

                                  I bought this 2 years ago and have since bought a MK2 & MK3 since. Great camera!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  I've been choosing a new camera

                                  By George

                                  from New York City

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Short Battery Life

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit:

                                  I've been choosing a new camera and finally chose the 7D. I liked its options, and the price is very affordable package. Its a pleasure to hold in your hand and feeling its weight.

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

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