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TokinaAT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon
 
4.6

(based on 115 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (76)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (71)
  • Consistent output (58)
  • Durable (57)
  • Rugged (41)

Cons

  • Heavy (45)
  • Slow focus (7)
  • Difficult to clean (3)
  • Lens flare (3)
  • No filters (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (88)
  • Low light (58)
  • Weddings (43)
  • Night photography (32)
  • Sports/action (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (37), Photo enthusiast (33), Pro photographer (26), Casual photographer (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Top Shelf Glass, I love this Tokina.

Having switched to a full frame camera in the last year, subsequently selling off my DX lenses I was left with my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, and Nikon 50mm f/1.8....Read complete review

Having switched to a full frame camera in the last year, subsequently selling off my DX lenses I was left with my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, and Nikon 50mm f/1.8. Those are fantastic lenses but leave a lot to be desired for ultra-wide work. I bought a Nikon 20mm f/2.8D on craigslist, and it was great for wide angle work, along with being a very short and small lens – easy to toss in your pocket and walk around with. The 20mm prime was however quite soft unless stopped down quite a ways and I found the autofocus didn't always hit the mark. I traded that lens for a Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G, which is a fun lens and has VR, yet it also is not as sharp as I wanted at wider apertures. One day at school another student who shoots Nikon asked to use my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII for some studio work, I said yes provided he lend me his Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 in exchange. I fell in love with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 immediately; as it produced sharp ultra-wide images while also being fast, and very capable in low light. The price tag associated with that lens was and is far out of my range currently, so it was placed on my internal wish list – knowing I'd probably never buy it. Enter Tokina. I have a Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Marco lens, and it's extremely well built, and produces fantastic images. Being 1 for 1 so far, I figured I would have a look at what Tokina has to offer in the ultra-wide category, to compete with Nikon's famed 14-24. I found the 16-28mm f/2.8 FX Pro lens, and began reading every single review, from every possible site I could find. It seems that the educated photographers favored this lens, and put it right on par with Nikon's 14-24. After some deliberation, and research I bought the Tokina. It is as I expected coming from my experience with the 100mm micro lens, extremely sturdy and well built. It's beautiful glass, and moreover it performs beyond my expectations. The autofocus is fast, and accurate, the only scary bit for me is not having a filter mounting ability – but I'm getting used to being more cautious with the business end. I read horror stories about back-focus issues, flare, and barrel distortion. I think some of those issues might be exacerbated by pilot-error frustrations, or bad in-camera settings. I have now used the Tokina in studio lighting, table-top photography lighting, outdoors in sunlight, and indoor with the usual trying lighting inside a home, or building. I have not seen any flare issues to speak of, and barrel distortion is just something you know will occur on any ultra-wide lens. With barrel distortion you either accept it and make it work to your advantage, or correct within lightroom, Aperture, etc. Sharpness is really what I want to cover, as this lens impressed me beyond my expectations. To use the popular photography term, this lens is tack sharp, I'd even go as far as razor sharp. Naturally it is sharpest at the focal point, and depending on how wide your aperture is it will soften out to the edges. The Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 FX PRO is my #1 wide lens, and possibly now my most used and favorite overall lens. I shoot motorsports, so my Nikon 70-200mm is the heavy hitter in that arena, but outside of that often stays in the bag. The Tokina 16-28mm is heavy, and rather large. Being that it is a ultra-wide lens if you are planning on using flash you will need to make use of a Speedlight, as you will get a huge lens shadow in the bottom of your frame where the barrel blocks the light from the pop-up flash. To cover some of the other bases that people worry about, the AF noise is not loud (to me). I don't know what super-silenced lenses people would compare it to bit it's much quieter than my older Nikon primes, so I don't notice it at all. There really is no bokeh with this lens, with the aperture wide open you just start to get out of focus look, not the pleasing bokeh of say the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 prime. The manual to autofocus switching done at the lens is simple, you slide the focus ring forward and backward to switch between modes. Unlike my Tokina 100mm Micro there is no reversed lens-hood, so it's no trouble switching back and forth on the fly. In summary the lens is outstanding, and extremely well priced for what you get. When I am using it I feel like I am using Nikkor Professional quality equipment. The build and performance met and exceeded my expectations since I wasn't able to afford another Nikkor Pro lens. The lens is heavy, and large, you will need to get used to that. I am 6'5" so it doesn't bother me much, but I could see how this lens on a FX body with a battery grip could be quite a stone to carry. All things to consider, but I'd say the added weight is well worth the resulting images you will capture with this fine piece of glass from Tokina.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor quality control

I wanted to like this lens. I own a Tokina 12-24mm f4.0 that is one of the best lenses in my collection. Sharp, fast, robust, great IQ. That encouraged me to...Read complete review

I wanted to like this lens. I own a Tokina 12-24mm f4.0 that is one of the best lenses in my collection. Sharp, fast, robust, great IQ. That encouraged me to buy the Tokina 16-18mm f2.8. What a disappointment! The sample I received was unacceptable and I had to return it. I am not talking about pixel-peep, target-photographing lack of sharpness. I use lenses professionally. The Tokina lens I received was visibly unsharp, showing a lot of chromatic aberration even at low magnification. It shouldn't have passed quality control. After that, I searched the web and discovered that mine was not an isolated case............ I hate the idea of buying two or three samples of a lens to keep one. We all lose with it - users and dealers. I wish I could say that is a problem with third-party lenses but last year I bought a Nikon 16-35 f.4.0 that was awful and had to be returned as well. Initially I dismissed this problem as message-board lore but now I know it is real. Lens manufacturers need to improve their quality control.

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4.0

Solid FX wide-angle zoom

By 155021

from Ann Arbor, MI

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Price

Cons

  • Do Not Accept Filter
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography

Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

I run real estate photography business, so wide angle lens is the most used one. We previously used Nikon 16-35 F4. I spent lot of time pixel peeking comparing the two on D800. Wide open Tokina a bit softer than Nikon. At F4 the sharpness is very close. Unlike Nikon, this lens is rectilinear, almost no barrel distortion. It is heavier than Nikon and I'm concerned with the lens protection, as the front element of the lens bulges out - you can not attach protector filter.
I guess this is the price to pay for extra stop.

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5.0

Very good lens

By Alex. Y

from Montebello, CA

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography

Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

I have it working on my NIKON D800. It works very well especially for the near close stuff. Photo was clear and range is perfect. Highly recommended!

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5.0

Great Lens

By PhotoBob

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

Amazing lens for any amount of money - much less what it costs. 16-28 is a great range for an FX camera.

Slower to focus than my nikon pro lens, but that realy doesn't matter for me with a wide angle.

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4.0

Right out of the box it was a amazing lens.

By Dan M

from Des Moines, IA

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

    Right out of the box I loved this lens. I don't know why everyone thinks its so heavy maybe they are use to prime lenses. To me is is about the same as my Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 lens. After taking about 20 shots inside and outside all parts of the image where sharp. Barley any distortion compared to other lenses I have tried out in the past. Focusing was fast but in live view a little slow. That is fine since I do not really use live view that much anyways. Over all it was built to be a strong lens and I think I will really love this lens when it comes to using it more for shoots. Hope this helps anyone who is looking into this lens. I think its a amazing price for some high quality glass. I for sure am going to look at Tokina more in the feature!

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    5.0

    So far so good!

    By Carol S

    from Asheville NC

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

      I use this product for Real Estate photography and also for concert photography. It is very sharp! It is a great lens if you can not afford the Nikon wide angle lens.

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      5.0

      Amazing Images

      By Binkmann

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction
      • Stunning Clarity

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

      When shopping for a wide angle lens, I automatically considered a Nikon lens to match my D800. After reading reviews on the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm lens, I decided to take a chance and have been delighted with the images I have taken. As expected, it is not a lightweight lens, but appears to have excellent build quality to survive heavy use. Simply put, Tokina had made me a fan of this lens, and I will have no reservation purchasing additional lenses in the future.

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      5.0

      wow, real nice wide angle zoom

      By lovre57

      from Parsippany, NJ

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Sharp Edge To Edge Focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Large Group Photos
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

        have been renting the amazing Nikon but expensive 14 to 24mm f2.8 AF lens with great results. Now I have the Tokina and real nice edge to edge sharpness. Not as wide as the Nikon but almost half the $$.
        NOt as bulky/heavy as the Nikon but real happy with results. So far images seem a tad on the contrasty side but not a big deal at post production.

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By Yervant

        from Warwick, RI

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

        Everything I heard about this lens is true. Very well made. Optically fantastic. Gorgeous pictures are made in combination with my D750. The lens is on the heavier side, but that to be expected from a f2.8 lens and one made with quality in mind. You can do yourself a huge favor and save a lot of money by buying this lens over the camera manufacturers brand. It's a bargain!

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        4.0

        very good lens

        By Gloix

        from Buenos Aires

        About Me Photography Student

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Autofocus Ring Not Clear
        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

        I found a very good lens sincerely , although I had not before a wide angle lens , the results are very good and left me more than satisfied. Undoubtedly recommend this lens. In quality-money is a great choice.

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        5.0

        Great wide angle lens

        By Nerk

        from Dayton Ohio

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

        This is a very surprising piece of hardware. I love it.

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        4.0

        Worlds better than Nikon 16-35. Seriously.

        By GoWest

        from Minneapolis, MN

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        Pros

        • Lacks Distortion
        • Sharp

        Cons

        • Vulnerable Bulbous Elemnt

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

        Short version of this review: In terms of sharpness and overall image quality, this lens blows away Nikon's 16-35 and Tamron's 15-30. And that's despite the Tokina costing a fraction of the other two. Absolutely remarkable. The ONLY other lens to consider, and only if money is no object, is Nikon's 14-24. Otherwise, this Tokina offers at-or-near prime sharpness.

        Longer version: I previously owned Nikon's 16-35 that I shot on a D610. There's a particular blogger that raves about the 16-35 on his site, going so far as to say that it's sharper than the 14-24. While it's possible I had a bad copy, strictly in terms of sharpness, it was mediocre at best. At 16mm (which is the whole reason to buy this lens) there is practically unavoidable smearing in all 4 corners. This smearing cannot be fixed, or even really mitigated, in post-processing. You can either crop it out, thus drastically changing the perspective of your photo and nixing whatever elements you wanted to show in the photo, or you can live with very noticeable smearing in the corners. The smearing was not exclusive to my copy. If you search, you'll see it's very common problem at 16mm on this lens. (And if you don't care about 16mm, then why even consider the lens!?). Overall sharpness just wasn't there either. The image quality problems would be unacceptable with a price tag even half of what the 16-35 comes in at, let alone the actual price tag.

        Enter the Tokina 16-28. My first copy was a bad one (Not what you want to read in a review, I know). I was disappointed, but relieved that I had time before a trip to go through the exchange process. I sent it back to B&H for an exchange. One side (I forget which) had bad smearing. I began to think ultra-wide is inherently plagued by smearing. But the 2nd copy I received is at (or very near) prime quality from corner to corner. At 16mm, the corners and extreme borders *can* smear, but you can see it in the viewfinder and make small adjustments to how you're aiming your camera to correct it.

        Besides that, and the very prone nature of this lens to flare (which can be eliminated by using your left hand to block the sun), this lens has no equal. Not even Nikon 14-24 because that lens cost 3.5 times as much. Is the image quality 3.5 times better? No. You're mainly paying for 14mm and the greater potential for a keeper the first time around.

        What about the rest of the focal range? Equally sharp and contrasty. Many zooms show weakness at their long end. Not this one.

        Conclusion: Given the incredible image quality and almost complete lack of distortion at the difficult focal length of 16mm (especially on a zoom), this is easily a 4.5 star lens. I take a half star off for the annoying, but easily fixable (during shooting) flare. You simply cannot beat the image quality potential of this lens without spending 3.5 times more on the 14-24.

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        4.0

        Good built, but heavy

        By Kumar

        from NJ

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

        Very well built, f2.8 at this price is lucrative. Its a little heavy for when it comes to mounting it on my $ tripod. Prepare your arms and tripod before buying it

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        4.0

        SUPERB WIDE ANGLE LENS

        By Just4Grins

        from COlorado

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

        This lens give dramatic effects for landscapes or city views. Good price point with results that make it senseless to pay more for a wide angle as good as this.

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        5.0

        I LIKE IT MORE THAN NIKON 16-35

        By Artur Markarov

        from Bellevue, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

        I USE IT FOR INTERIOR SHOOTING. LIKE IT'S WIDE ANGEL, SHARPNESS, VIVID COLORS. THERE IS ONE PROBLEM WITH IT THOUGH, YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PUT FILTERS ON IT.

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        4.0

        Big, Heavy and Sharp

        By yolaholga

        from Nowhere Zen NJ

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          Cons

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              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

              Lens is sharp wide open but only on the widest end. Once you go to 28mm you need to stop down to f/4 to achieve similar sharpness. It is big and heavy but it's a 16-28mm f/2.8 lens and this shouldn't be a surprise.

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              5.0

              Beauty!!

              By BHshopaholic

              from San Jose, Ca.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

              Great price on a great lens, couldn't ask for more.
              Very sharp and fast autofocus. A bit on the heavy side, not great for all day camera. Make sure to have it on your tripod and give your wrist a break.

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              5.0

              WORK HORSE WITH DELICATE TROTS !

              By Raja

              from New York, New York

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

                16-28 mm f/2.8 for full frame and at that price ! What better would a landscape photographer ask for !! Wide to ultra-wide at an affordable price and great optical quality. The 2.8mm aperture and minimum focusing distance of 28 cms. are it's strong points.

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                5.0

                Great Glass!

                By JactTPhotography

                from Denton, TX

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                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

                This lens lives up to its reviews as being 98%+ as good as its Nikon counterpart. Service from B&H, as usual, was excellent.

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Ben the Photographer

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

                I've only had this lens for a few weeks, but so far it is fantastic. I got it mainly for night photography and it preforms very well. Sharp from corner to corner even af f2.8, good colors, very wide angle of view. Yes there is a bit of distortion at 16mm, but almost none at 28mm. However with any rectilinear wide angle lens you will always get some distortion and it is not bad at all. It is heavy, but I have not found that an issue. Overall very nice lens.

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                3.0

                Best Price

                By Stanislav

                from Czech republic

                Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon:

                The lens in this price range was perfect. The lens have small problem with the sharpness.

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