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SonyAlpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens
 
4.6

(based on 33 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (26)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)
  • Good image quality (23)
  • Fast shutter speed (22)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (18)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (7)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (25)
  • Sports/action (24)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Travel (15)
  • Video (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Casual photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (31)

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4.0

Proved to be just what I was looking for

By handsome

from central NJ

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
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • No Second Battery
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

I have researched for several months and decided on the a57 and it proved to be just what I was looking for in a DSLR. Great price for a quality camera with quality results. I belong to a photography club which meets once a month and our photos are judged. My first photo to be judged with my new a57 won first place. The camera is very comfortable to hold and lite. Take your time and read the manual to understand all the great features and you shouldn't be dissapointed. The lens is made in China and of lower quality but fine results. I will be saving up and upgrade to a better lense but this one will do just fine for now. I think the outdoor quality is better than the indoor.but for me I shoot mostly outdoor. I captured some stunning action shots with no blur. One thing I did notice is that the photos print out a little darker than what you see on the LCD screen.But I guess that's part of learning the camera. would be nice if Sony provided a second battery, the battery life isn't all that horrible but could be better. I shot 300 photos and used almost 40% of the battery life. I rated at 4 stars because of the factory lense and battery. but overall a really great camera.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 10
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  • No

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4.0

Good Buy ..

By Newbie dslr dude

from chicago, IL

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Ability To Preview
  • Fast and responsive
  • Hi Number Of Fps

Cons

  • Lcd Unusable On Tripod
  • Manual Is Incomplete

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

I bought this camera as my first entry in to DSLR world ( or shud i say SLT world). I love this camera. big things that led me to choose this was the 10fps, EVF and also the ability to do a preview b4 u actually press the trigger (something that the competion lacks ).. This helps me to be in manual mode and confidently take shots knowing that my pic woudl come out better .... Luve this one..

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
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  • No

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5.0

Love it.

By Michael

from Portland, OR

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
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Noisy At High ISO
  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

It's my first DSLR. I love it so far. A few small annoyances, like how certain modes can't be used in RAW mode, I haven't figured out how to allow pictures to be taken if nothing is in focus. But it's easy to use and takes great pictures.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
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  • No

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5.0

Made the right choice!

By Donna the Photo Novice

from Goldsboro, NC

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Extreme Battery Life
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    As a novice, I was amazed at the ease of using the camera. After researching features and reviews, I decided this was the camera I wanted. After a week-long vacation in Vegas, Utah and Arizona and 1100 pictures, I know I made the right decision.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Not hard to learn

    By Newbie Photo

    from Utah

    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
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    As my first step-up from point and shoot photography, I expected this camera to be very hard to learn. It was everything I didn't expect - the pictures turned out beautifully, the camera menus were easy to navigate, and the functions were easy to understand. All I did was watch a few online photo guide videos to brush up on picture composition and I was ready to go!

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
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    • No

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    5.0

    Wonderful Camera at a good price

    By Qba

    from Berlin, Germany

    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
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

      This camera makes very good pictures and it has some great effects which make your pics look wonderful without photoshop. I recommend this one to everyone who is interested to photography and wants to make it a hobby.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
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      • No

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      5.0

      love this camera, great product.

      By MissT

      from Columbia, SC

      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
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

        I can't think of anything bad to say about it. It's a great camera! I love being able to take pictures and videos. The fact that the viewer flips out and is adjustable is a great feature too. Would like to buy another one with many accessories but for now all I can do it put it on a wish list. Hopefully I will be able to order more equipment soon for my upcoming business.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
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        • No

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        5.0

        I'm in love

        By idontgiveadram

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

          EVF is awesome but it feels like cheating. 12 fps and I can shoot the pants off any Nikon or Cannon. Loaded with features and I get to keep all my old sony, tamron, and minolta lenses. At the price its a steal and not just for beginning photographers. SLT technology like this is typically MUCH MUCH more expensive. No brainer

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

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          5.0

          Camera User

          By John

          from Tampa Florida

          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
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

          Taking pictures of the kids during their cheer leader competitions.

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

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          5.0

          Good all around camera

          By Squidney

          from Newbury Park, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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

          • Af Can Be Loud
          • Loud Af
          • Noisy
          • Noisy At High ISO

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

          I have had my Sony A57 for about 2 months now, and I can say I highly prefer it over my previous Nikon D5000. While on the Nikon I do notice the details and colors were a little higher quality coming straight from the camera, the Sony by far wins with the fancy options and extras it has.
          Pros:
          ~Very fast AF in good lighting
          ~The body is light and very portable (I prefer the plastic to metal, as it feels just as sturdy, not cheap feeling at all)
          ~High and low ISO (from 100 to 16000, my Nikon went to 3200, but could not go lower than 250 which was a pain)
          ~Price is very reasonable
          ~Shoots 12FPS
          ~Shoots 60FPS at 1080p HD video, very smooth recording with the stabilizer
          ~Tons of settings and customizable shooting options
          ~LCD screen is very HQ and automatically adjusts to bright or dark lighting, feels a lot more sturdy than the a55
          ~Light
          Cons
          ~When shooting video against the sun, the video becomes very under exposed and you are unable to fix it. Unfortunately this is a big problem that changing the settings before hand does not help
          ~When taking video in a high lighting area, often it becomes over exposed even when you try and underexpose it manually, which is very obnoxious.
          ~If shooting in RAW, you can't zoom in to see if you are in perfect focus.
          ~AF hunts in low light
          ~Details can be a tad compressed at times, ~Chromatic aberration is in almost every photo (I used the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm), but can easily be corrected in post.

          Overall I am very happy with my purchase. Obviously you buy a camera for the photos, not the video, so my cons are obviously based on a very optional commodity. The video is by far better than I have seen or used on Canon or Nikon's newer models.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
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          • No

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          5.0

          Another great camera from Sony

          By Zero

          from Santa Maria, ca

          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
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

            Not your traditional dslr but its fast and more than capable. If you are willing to embrace new technology, slt is the way to go.

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

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            5.0

            For the casual photographer...

            By Mels Bells

            from Southbury, CT

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

              I asked a friend who is a photographer to help me find an DSLR camera with video capability and she pointed me in this direction. I've only had the camera for a few weeks, but so far I've loved it. The images are crisp, and I've enjoyed experimenting with features that weren't available on my more basic point and shoot (such as panoramic shots and manual focus). If you aren't very experienced with photography but are looking for a camera that is reliable with some pretty cool features, this is the one.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Amazing Underrated Camera!

              By matizzy

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bang for the buck
              • Cheap
              • 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 Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                This camera was really cheap and it performs as well if not better than cameras that cost more than it such as the cannon t4i. The kit lens if fairly good for everyday shooting. Additional lenses are cheaper than their counterparts from other companies because the camera has built in stabilization instead of the lenses having to have them.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
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                • No

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                4.0

                Tricky but Worth it

                By Tony in the "stan"

                from Afghanistan

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                      Once I learned how to use this camera it was worth every penny. I prefer to learn by using so it took me a little while but even in my first day I was getting great pictures.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 4
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Best performance under the SLT-A99

                      By Cea

                      from minneapolis, mn

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                      I upgraded to the A57 from the shorter bodied A35. I like the swivel screen, taller larger hand grip. It takes very good pictures for its class although anything over 800 ISO is going to be pretty grainy. With the a65 and a77 above it in the lineup, i think this is the most value of the three. the ones below it like the a37 are missing alot of features the above mentioned have for the little less it costs. The a57 is the same body as the a65 with just a couple little differences but most of these cameras till the a99 have the exact same aps-c size sensor therefore the higher megapixels dont mean a better picture but actually a potentially worse picture. the more pixels they try to cram into a sensor the lower the quality is. In a studio setting i can take terrific detailed photos at the lowest 4mp resolution on the a57 with studio wireless strobes combined with a 28-75mm F2.8 tameron lens as well as a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. the kit lens will get you started but its a poor lens with very little versatility. these camera accept a wide variety of older minolta lenses along with the modern Sony line and Tameron, Sigma etc.. the one bummer for these cameras up till the current a99 and the new a58 (which is a joke compared to the a57 )is they have a standard hotshoe connection vs. the minolta proprietary the line has had up till now. but for 10 bucks online you can get adapter to fix that.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very Happy

                      By Steven

                      from North Carolina

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                      Upgraded from my Nikon D40 so I could use this as a multipurpose camera. Shoots sharp pictures and awesome video. Could not have asked for more.

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                      5.0

                      Soooo Good!

                      By MA

                      from Palm Bay Florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                        Light weight camera with all the features I need, and many yet to be discovered. Replaced my old Sony.
                        Great quality of images.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great balance of video and still quality

                        By Amateur Videographer

                        from Houston, TX

                        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
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                        • Noisy At High ISO
                        • Poor Audio

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I bought this camera because I was interested in jumping back into video production (I typically do things like promotional materials for non-profits) but also needed something that would do great with stills for pictures of family and friends. The Panasonic GH2 appeared to edge out the A57 on video at this price point but still photography was much better on the A57.

                        The camera is very, very easy to use and slowing down 1080/60p is even more fun than I thought it would be. The stills are quite sharp and the 12fps continuous shooting mode is very impressive. I just ordered the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 lens to get better performance in low-light and think it will enable me to get much more out of the camera.

                        The real bad thing about this camera for video is that the sound is dreadful and the microphone input is almost useless with automatic gain control. If you want to do anything serious at this price point you'll have to get an external audio source - I really wish Sony gave you more control over sound.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        neat little camera (for a SLR)

                        By The Cheese Man

                        from Brooklyn, 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
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                        • Hard To Find-use Controls

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I started with the Minolta Maxium, this Camera is my seventh since and by far the best.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        A lot of fun

                        By YED

                        from Israel

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                          Fast, very fast camera, good with babies and fast moving things (roller coasters).High ISO is avaliable gives you good pics in indoors situation.
                          There is one problem that is when you change modes there is an explanation screen which does not dissapear Automatically, you need to press a button before (maybe there is an option to stop this function, i didn't find it yet) it is a bit annoying, could be a bit problematic if you want to turn on and take a quick shoot.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 7
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                          • No

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