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PentaxK-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Large clear LCD (17)
  • Fast shutter speed (11)
  • Good image quality (11)
  • High ISO performance (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (16)
    • Wildlife (15)
    • Family photos (14)
    • Low light (13)
    • Sports/action (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    so far used only for sports

    By TRACK

    from Springfield MA

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

      used for weddings, nature,& family photos
      havent had camera long enough to know positive or negitive aspects

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Pentax K30

      By Allen

      from Ithaca NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

        Pro: high shots per sec, digital filters, viewfinder ver clear and 100% coverage, can use older K mount lenses, flexible editing options within the camera that I could only do before with Photoshop. Camera is compatible with all of my older equipment. Very low noise.
        Cons: none other than not being able to get AA adapter with the camera. But it is on order.

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

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        5.0

        Mind blowing machine

        By Imran

        from VN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

          Excellent camera for all time to bring around!

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

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          5.0

          Excellent DSLR

          By Voyager

          from Las Vegas, NV

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

            The K 39 replaced my Pentax*istDL. After many good years of service the later needed replacement because it was producing only black images on the LED screen. In most every way the K 30 performs better. I have been using it with my previous lenses: DA 18-55 & DA 50-200 & the photos are superb. The video mode is new to me & works well. Remember to use a large capacity SD memory card if you are shooting videos. An excellent camera & easy to use.

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            5.0

            A Step Up for Pentax From K20

            By Django

            from Loomis, California

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

              I purchased the K30 as an upgrade to my K20 and am highly pleased with the excellent images. I am a semi-professional fine art photographer and sell my work to corporations and private collectors. The K30 is small but works great with my Pentax 16-50 2.8 DA Star lens. The low light areas have excellent resolution with no noise which is an improvement over the K20.

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

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              5.0

              Excellent Camera, Excellent Features

              By Jamie

              from Bern, Switzerland

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                This was my fourth Pentax DSLR, I have previously owned an *ist DS, *ist DL, and a K-r. The K-r was a noticeable improvement over the *ist line, and this K-30 is another noticeable improvement over the K-r. More and better pre-defined shooting modes, better, faster and more reliable focusing. Flash operation is easier and more logical than previous models. Generally good compatibility with previous Pentax DSLR models. The physical feel in my hand is better - smaller and lighter, but still feels comfortable and solid. The only small irritation is the placement of the wheel in front of the on/off switch, which is significantly different from previous models, and I tend to hit it by mistake when operating the power switch without looking.

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

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                5.0

                Great Camera

                By ExplodingBoy

                from Upstate NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                  I bought the Pentax K-30 because I was looking for a digital replacement for my old Pentax K-1000 that would take the Ricoh/Rikenon P 1:2 50mm lens I was using. The technical staff was most helpful in checking and assuring that it would fit, which it did. Another feature that swayed me other than good reviews of others who had used it with a manual lens was its water resistance. So far it has met my expectations wonderfully. The grip is very comfortable, able to be easily held with one hand and is of very solid construction as opposed to some digital SLRs I'd looked at in stores. The battery life seems pretty good, and it has the nice option to use AAAs if needed. The beep when coming into focus is actually quite handy in low light conditions, but can also be turned off easily. I liked the large screen as well as the fairly intuitive menu and button layouts. Overall, it was good investment that I look forward to using for years to come.

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

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                  5.0

                  Love this camera!

                  By Cheeseburger

                  from Girdwood, AK

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                    My first DSLR and I enjoy how easy this camera is to operate. Easy set up, crisp wonderful pics and long battery life with the k 30. Started with an 18-55wr and a 50-200wr also, both have performed well and I have ordered a fish eye lens that I cant wait to use! I live in AK and having fun with the winter shots but cant wait for summer pics. Would recommend to family and friends

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

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                    4.0

                    Good if you take it off auto indoors

                    By Bellstone

                    from Yorktown VA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                    This is my first DSLR, so I admit up front that I'm climbing the learning curve with my K-30. The menus are easy to navigate and the programmable buttons are very useful. When not in Auto it is easy to set the aperture, shutter, and ISO using the wheels. With the Sigma FA f2.8 17-50mm lens I bought I find it hard to get an unblurry handheld inside shot unless I manually set the camera to f8 or better, almost regardless of ISO and shutter speed. Using Scene doesn't seem to help much either inside. Manually setting the aperture delivers a high-resolution photo, especially with the flash. Outside shots are great on auto and inside can be too if you get off Auto. It focuses quickly even in fairly dim light. Overall, I like the camera but still require some experience.

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

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                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By John

                    from CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                      Great all round performer, excellent low light perfomance, picture quality...superb color. Great value for the money. A dedicated focus mode switch and depth of field button would make this perfect.

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

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                      5.0

                      Love It!

                      By DrCrappie

                      from Denver, CO

                      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
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                        As a long time Pentax user, I must say that this particular camera is as good as any I've ever seen. I love the fact that you can use lenses from earlier DSLR and SLR Pentax versions. The clarity will blow you away!

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

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic camera!

                        By John

                        from Ann Arbor, MI

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Astrotracer
                        • Cable Shutter Release
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Green Button For M Lenses
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • No Pentax Full Frame Cam

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                        I bought this camera mainly for the Astrotracer function, and it is even better than I hoped. First off, AT using a 200mm lens allows from 20-40 seconds exposure time without stars trailing. Even with a 400mm lens, I can get 10-20 seconds (depending on exactly which part of the sky the camera is pointing at).Second, I use M lenses and I love the new (undocumented) function of the Green button. On my K-x, to set the exposure, I had to: 1) set the button to optical preview (only need to do this once), 2) press the Green button and, while holding it down, 3) adjust shutter/aperture to set exposure. On the K-30, all I have to do is press and release the Green button (at its default factory setting) and the release the shutter. Perfect exposure! But, you will NOT find that anywhere in the manual. The manual tells about setting the Raw/FX button to Optical preview, but that only stops down the lens and shows you depth of field. It shows NO exposure data.Third, the K-30 uses a cable shutter release. Man, I hate the wireless remote I need for the K-x: I'm never standing in front of the camera, so Im always pointing around from the back of the camera while standing there in the dark.Now, if only Pentax would come out with a full frame camera (PLEASE!!!)

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

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                        4.0

                        Great improvement from my first Pentax

                        By Keith

                        from St Louis, MO

                        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

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                          I use my Pentax to shoot my two sons soccer games. I also shoot many pictures of my grandson. It has been over 18 months since the display went out on my Pentax istDL. Use it for many years with much success. This camera is great with so many more features. I would not use it much in the video mode. My Nikon point and shoot S9100 works much better for video. The Pentax is so user friendly once you go through all of the features.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          A nice upgrade from Kr

                          By New Englander

                          from Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                              Updraded from the Kr, mostly due to it's 16mp and weather sealed body.
                              Seems to be an easy transition so far, but still getting used to a 2-dial
                              system. Horizon leveling in viewfinder is nice, as is a brighter viewfinder
                              to see the info at the bottom of the viewfinder screen.

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

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                              5.0

                              Impressive mid-level camera.

                              By Glenn

                              from Michigan

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Short Battery Life

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                              First off this K30 isn't your typical entry level dSLR. It has many features entry level cameras lack, a 100% pentaprizm viewfinder, weather sealing, a sensor that nearly rivals that of it's higher tier K5, dual wheels and a very solid build.

                              Everyday I had the K30, still longed for the K5. Everyday I have the K5 I wonder if I should have kept the K30. The K5 does have a few advantages, ~1stop better DR, option for a grip, even better build quality, high max shutter speed, and a really quiet shutter (to list a few). But, the K30 has a faster/newer processor, quicker autofocus, everything about the K30 feels snappier than the K5. Image quality between them is so close to the same, K5 wins a tad in the shadows, K30 wins a little in the upper ISO ranges. K5 wins a bit in more advanced features, K30 wins a bit in the video side of things.

                              When the K30 was selling for about the same price as the K5 it was a tough choice. If the price difference was ~$300 or so. I'd have the K30 still. It really is a remarkable camera, and anyone that doesn't want a grip the K30 is great choice that you may not outgrow for years (if ever). Personally I'd recommend the K30 kit that has the 18-135mm vs the 18-55mm. A Decent kit lens but 18-55mm just doesn't have what it takes to make the K30 shine (to me, to you I don't know).

                              This feature/quality mix at this price. This is an easy 5star rating.

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

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                              5.0

                              Superb Pentax Body

                              By Photo nut

                              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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                * Very nice build quality with a bright, sharp 920 K LCD with focusing peaking. Peaking makes it absolutely trivial to manually focus and will come in handy when mounting older K mount MF lenses.
                                * No top LCD panel, but I don't miss it at all because the LCD offers all of the same shooting data, and is always at eye lens unlike the top panel. In other words, it's not necessary for me to lower my tripod or unlock my ballhead and tilt the camera back to read the top LCD. The shooting data is right there on the LCD and the intuitive quick menu makes changing settings a breeze
                                * Bright 100% Pentaprism viewfinder which is usually only available in much more expensive models. This is a huge plus for me and was one of the reasons I chose to buy this camera over competing models which generally use less expensive, darker Pentamirror viewfinders. I do a lot of copy work (etchings, paintings) and a 100% viewfinder makes it much easier to accurately frame a shot
                                * AF is very fast and accurate, significantly faster than my K-20D
                                * Image quality is superb thanks to the 16 mp Exmor sensor, the same sensor that the K-5, D7000 et al use. Photos are detailed with excellent colors. Out of camera JPEGs look great and RAW files offer high dynamic range providing tremendous flexibility when post processing images.
                                * Full weather sealing is really useful, is a rarity at this price point, and was a major contributing factor towards my purchase.
                                * Another stand-out feature of the K-30 is the deep grip which makes the camera feel really solid in hand and comfortable to hold. The ergonomics of the K-30 are excellent and I knew instantly when I first held it that I would buy it
                                * The K-30 is available in three colors (blue, white or black) so for adventurous people who are tired of the more traditional black DSLR there are two other fun and attractive color choices. I selected the black body which looks fantastic with the 18-55 WR or my 40 2.8 Limited.
                                * Video quality is quite good - sharp with nice saturated colors out of the box. Like the Canon and Nikon models, you can adjust the picture profile (sharpness, contrast, saturation) making it easy to shoot with a flat tone curve for color grading. Good low-light ability. Some moire/aliasing but not a huge issue in the majority of scenes I've shot. I would have loved a higher bit rate, but as it is, file sizes are smaller and more manageable while still offer very good image quality. I bought this camera primarily for photography so the absence of a mic input was not a problem at all. The built in mic offers good sound and suits my needs.

                                All in all, I am extremely satisfied with my K-30. It offers a tremendous bang for the buck and is a well-made, extremely handsome classic DSLR with some sporty design touches that make it one of the best looking cameras I've ever owned. In short, it has performed above and beyond my expectations.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 10
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
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                                • Nikon D800

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                                5.0

                                LOVE THIS CAMERA

                                By texasgirl

                                from Kerrville, TX

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                  Replacing K5 with this camera. Love the new features such as focus peaking, etc. Excellent image quality. Use it with my Limited Primes.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  Love it!

                                  By reactionist

                                  from the, south

                                  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

                                  • First let me say it is w

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                  First, let me say it is way TOO SMALL for me. I have a k20d (and I thought that was small) but the k30 is smaller still. I am not sold on the LCD as a ss, f-stop, iso all around info screen, mainly because I want to change the settings directly from the LCD instead of click 2 or more buttons/menus etc.. But I love the camera.
                                  I like the quality of the images. With 'tracking' on it has smooth auto-focus. I appreciate the customizable functions and the addition of the 720HD 60p movie mode. My youngest like the shutter sound. Wonderful iso 6400 images, low noise, low blur and more detail than I expected from that high of an iso.

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                                  4.0

                                  Superior SLR

                                  By Jorge

                                  from Harvest, AL

                                  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

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

                                  Comments about Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                  This camera has great performance. The autofocus system has been greatly improved by Pentax. The high ISO allows you to take very nice pictures in poor light conditions. You can even do fine adjustment for up to 20 different lenses and the camera saves all the settings.
                                  Beautiful pictures...

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

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