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SonyAlpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens
 
4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

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    (21)

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    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (20)
  • Good image quality (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Large clear LCD (18)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (7)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Travel (15)
  • Sports/action (13)
  • Video (13)
  • Wildlife (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Great Camera, Easy to use

By Firefighter Eric

from Cook County, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

    Purchased the Sony Alpha 77 for my boss who was still using shooting 35mm film. The camera works with the Minolta AF lens that he had for his SLR so he didn't have to buy a bunch of new ones. His other request was the ability to panoramic photos which the A77 does. The camera is easy for him to use and produces great quality photos.

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    5.0

    Great Combination

    By Filesix

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

    This camera is being replaced by the A77ii, so it has dropped considerably in price. As an enthusiast (but not a professional) this has everything I need. Spending more for the new version might make sense for an actual pro, but for an avid enthusiast this hits the sweet spot between price and options very well.

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    5.0

    Excelente Camara!!

    By Alessandro Canavatti Di Vergini

    from New York, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Calidad De Los Colores
    • El Cuerpo Robusto
    • Los Puntos De Enfoque
    • Precio

    Cons

    • Tarda Mucho En Prender

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

      Anteriormente tuve una Canon, después una Sony A65 y ahora la A77 y la verdad es que ha superado mis expectativas, pensé que no tendría mucho avance comparando con la A65 pero si tiene muchas mejoras y lo valen. Excelente Camara.

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      5.0

      Pretty good camera!

      By none

      from Fairbanks, Alaska

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

          Bought this camera/lens combination and a battery grip. These replace a Sony A100 that I still use occasionally. The A77 constanly amazes me with the pictures it produces. It captures subtle shade gradients in sunrise and sunset-twilight shots like I've always wanted to get. Added a Tamron 70-300 DI lens to the kit and am very pleased. Prints from 5 X7 to 33 X 44 are nothing short of amazing.

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          5.0

          Best in its price range

          By docmaker

          from Sarasota, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Could be quieter
          • Movie Control Issues
          • Noisy At High ISO

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

          I am a professional natural history filmmaker and needed a versatile camera that could shoot high resolution stills and full HD video at 60p for less than [$] for the body. I did a ton of research and this was the camera I decided to get. I have spent a lot of time learning it and it does what I need. Take the time to experiment and you'll find it is capable of shooting beautiful photos as well as video, but it is not a $5000 camera. Don't compare it to one. I can get clean shots of birds on the wing in both still and video mode.In low light it can get noisy but if you are careful with your settings, your images will be amazing for this price level.My three biggest issues are:the movie button is difficult to reach, no silent mode (I am often shooting video next to it) and the biggest one, no easy way to control aperture and shutter independently in movie mode and still have auto focus.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent camera

          By photo fan

          from Casa Grande, AZ

          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
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO
          • Poor In Low Light
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

          This camera is better then I thought. It's very fanst and sharp. The colors are beautiful and I vibrent. The only flaw is the battery life.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent camera which beats its rivals

          By Daniel

          from Brisbane, QLD

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

          As a university student studying photography, i needed to invest in a quality camera which would see me to the end of my studies and so far the A77 seems to be te perfect option. With its translucent mirror, Sony has been able to produce faster frame rates and the ability to see what changes you have made to the settings before you take the picture, which in my opinion is a great feature. When it comes to picture quality, Sony has managed to produce a powerful enough sensor to handle 24.3 megapixels offered in this camera, which delivers great picture quality without a lot noise. When holding the camera, it feels well balanced and very compact, overall just a perfect weight and size and feels just right. When it comes to battery life, the A77 seems to last me a full day of shooting and if you have a spare battery you most likely wouldnt need to use it that same day. When feeling your thumbs on the buttons, they offer a superb comfort and feel. All features are easy to find and you use. Negatives would be that you have to manually delete each image taken, theres no multiple delete feature. Also it doesn't perform so well in low light conditions. Overall, Sony's A77 is a beautiful camera, with good design and handling, and great performance.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Wow! Super camera at any price.

          By AllStylesproduction pro

          from Elmira NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                My son and I have a small video company, we have a few high end Sony video cameras but decided we needed a DSLR to expand the business, The camera takes awesome video and matches up great with our other Sony cameras. But I'm having the most fun with the still photo's, You can't take a bad picture with this A77 the auto settings are so good. I can't wait to learn how to use all the manual settings to take even better pics. I love the 12fps it's like a slow mo video you can't miss a shot, one or more of the 12 pics comes out perfect. My son really wanted the 5D from cannon, but I am very very happy with this purchase, and now after using both cameras he likes this one too. Buy it and enjoy!!!!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent Camera...the perfect underdog!

                By JBP

                from Huntington, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                I am a videographer that shoots a lot of promotional business videos. I was looking for a good DSLR that would give me a lot on a limited budget. I wanted to use this camera as a second camera in 2 camera shoots as well as for close ups and macro video.I must say this camera excels in all categories. It actually shoots better video than my $3500 Sony video camera!The lens is fantastic and very versatile. An excellent kit lens to get you started.I've enjoyed using this camera so much that I ended up using it for photography as much as I do for video. It takes fantastic pictures with ease. There is such a wide variety of settings to use that allow you to be as hands on as you'd like, or you can just let the camera do all the work with various auto modes. In most cases the auto modes do a great job at getting the picture you are looking for.I did read that the resolution of the rear display is so high that it will actually show you a higher quality image than what you are capturing...and this is true. The difference is really minuet and in some cases it actually helps pick up on any grain in the image.This camera is not the best in low light though so you will definitely need a good on camera light when on the go if you won't be in optimal lighting.Overall this is a fantastic camera in this pricing category and most certainly gives the more popular competitors like Canon and Nikon a run for their money.

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                5.0

                Awesome camera and awesome price!

                By Sarah Nat

                from Oklahoma

                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

                • a little heavy

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                I am just a regular person who loves taking pictures. This is the first DSLR camera I have owned myself. I love it, the ease of use, the amazing pictures. It is a little on the heavy side, but I don't mind that so much. The speed at which it takes pictures is astonishing. I also got it much cheaper here at B&H. I got it in a bundle with lots of accessories and photo editing software for about 300 cheaper than another store I was looking at. So thanks!

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                • 9
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                • No

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                5.0

                Awesome product!

                By Jacques

                from Washington, DC

                About Me 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

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                  Best camera investment I could of made.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Easy to use and great pictures

                  By cfreas

                  from Sterling IL

                  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

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                    I haven't had this camera very long. It was and upgrade from my Alpha 380. Its very easy to use and so far has produced great pictures. And if they aren't great it's probably something I'm doing wrong as I'm still learning.

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

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                    5.0

                    Excellent camera - versatile and powerfu

                    By MFO

                    from Cambridge, MA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Pricey

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                    Superb video quality - very stable image and true 1080 HD capability. I read complaints about the battery life but I have to disagree- besides, backups are so affordable as to render it a non-issue.
                    I originally purchased a D7100, convinced that Nikon and Canon were the best still cameras in this price range. But after using the 7100 for a week, I was never completely comfy with its control interface- admittedly I have several Sony video cameras and since replacing with the A77 have appreciated the familiar feel of the Sony menus.
                    The 12 shots-per-second busts are outrageous- totally impressive and not nearly matched by the D7100. Overall image quality between the 2 cameras was too close to call - some may prefer Nikon's brilliant palette but, for me, when I entered video mode, the Sony began to put serious distance between itself and it's competitor. The image stabilization, the active auto-focusing and the powerful lens (included I this setup) sealed the deal.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    "I would buy this product again and agai

                    By db

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Semi-pro 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

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                    This my second Sony Alpha a77, I use it to shoot video more than pictures, I have to tell you, I love this cam that is the reason I bought a second cam, I shoot weddings and the picture quality is just amazing, I still don't know the camera to it full potential but every time I shot I learn something new, in low light it seems to be a little noise but I solve that problem by using a light.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    A great camera at a great store.

                    By Mark

                    from Bellingham, WA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • 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-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                      There is no other camera on the market that can touch its specs and burst rate.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Awesome!

                      By Hannasue

                      from Wilmington, OH

                      About Me Pro 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
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                      I am an outdoor and portrait photographer and I love this camera. It is easily the fastest camera I have ever shot with and is really quite versatile. I feel I can produce amazing photos in any environment with this camera.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good camera, in studio amazing.

                      By Jhon Latorre

                      from Pereira, Colombia.

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                      The experience with this camera has been great, I bought it with a 18-135 Kit lens, it's great kit lens. amazing for landscape and events. good cuality and construction. Fast Focus..!!

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Best APS-C Sensor Camera.

                      By ABEDI

                      from COSTA MESA, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      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
                      • Poor In Low Light
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                      I purchased this camera primarily for video, which it excell's in, but discovered that it takes remarkable still images. Between 100 and 800 ISO the images compare with my Canon 5D MKII. After 800 ISO the Canon clearly starts showing the difference between a APS-C Sensor and a Full Frame Sensor. So in good light it's really good, but in bad light it's bad. It does have a feature to shoot good pictures at even 6400 ISO but the image processing times for those shots are long. It has a host of very useful Special Effects. Overall a great camera.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      great camera and lens

                      By 44woodmonkey

                      from horseshoe bay, tx

                      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
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                        love all the extra features like stitching of panaramas, HDR, picture effects especially partial color. many buttons to change iso,white balance, switch to movie, change drives without having to go to a menu and thumb through all the options.also you can to switch the functions you use a lot of buttons. the front and back thumb and indedx screws are very useful. also it takes great pictures.the only thing i don't like is it's heavy and big.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Video from this DSLR

                        By Dave's Videography Services

                        from La Plata, Maryland

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                          I am a wedding and event videographer and I bought this DSLR to use on a slider and as a run and shoot camera for guests arriving at the church, the limo pulling in, etc. I have also used it as another camera for the ceremony. It matches up very well with my Sony Video cameras and I couldn't be happier.

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

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