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PanasonicLUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 45 reviews)

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    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (35)
  • Good image quality (32)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (26)
  • Large clear LCD (19)

Cons

  • Short battery life (6)
  • Limited zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (26)
  • Family photos (21)
  • Landscape/scenery (19)
  • Low light (16)
  • Video (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (23), Casual photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A fine camera

L U M I X L F 1.

Where I come from
My 'real ' camera is a micro four thirds (MFT) systems camera. It does everything...Read complete review

L U M I X L F 1.

Where I come from
My 'real ' camera is a micro four thirds (MFT) systems camera. It does everything well I wish for in a camera except it does not fit my pocket. That's why sometimes I prefer a second camera that does. A Canon S 95 filled that place admirably until my canoe capsized submerging it in the floods of a local lake. I wanted a replacement similar to the S 95 but, if possible, with a built in electronic viewfinder (EVF), which was something I got to like very much in my MFT camera. I am far sighted and the diopter adjustment of the EVF will make glasses unnecessary. The LF 1 is the one point and shoot camera to offer this.
It does not blow my MFT out of the water and the viewfinder image reminds me
of pre high definition TV. But I can reliably frame the image and see the
numerical information. When there is no hurry and the sun doesn't blank out the image, I will gladly get my glasses out and use the screen. After using it for a couple of weeks I find the LF 1 to be a likeable companion. It produces well defined photos in point and shoot manner that I am not embarrassed to show side by side with the ones taken with the MFT and even for projects that call for a more deliberate approach the LF 1 does well. The dial for exposure mode settings is of the familiar P/A/S/M layout so I started taking pictures right away without having to go too deeply into the manual.

Optics and low light level photographs
I had been used to zoom lenses that cover the focal length range from 28 to 90mm and I was concerned that to stretch this out to 200 mm might take its toll on the general image quality. Not so. I tested the lens at several focal lengths and apertures with an USAF test target and always counted at least 1000 lp/image height. Vignetting and geometric distortion are barely detectable. The jpg compression appears not to reduce the resolution when compared to RAW image files. f:2/28 and ISO 1600 suffice for urban night scenes, snapshots in restaurants and the like and as a last resort in desperate conditions, one can still increase the speed up to ISO 12800. At longer focal lengths the aperture is gradually reduced by maximally 3 f-stops at F 200 mm.

Image stabilization and use of a tripod
When using of a tripod it is typically recommended to disable the image stabilizer. The LF1 manual does not mention this and I took some pictures with and without image stabilization. There was no difference I could detect.

Scene mode settings
There are 16 scene mode settings. I have not tried many of them except high dynamic range (HDR) where the camera takes three shots of different exposure times in rapid succession and then consolidates them into a single frame. Preliminary experiments look promising.

I have had this camera now for about a month and I like it very much.
Yes, I would like more battery capacity. No, I would not like the camera to be bulkier in exchange.

The camera comes with printed brief instructions and a 256 page manual on CD.
It is richly illustrated but some things got lost in translation and the lack of an index is regrettable. The LF1 does not take more gladly to a full bath than my S95 and I am selling my canoe.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

poor focus

I bought it and things seemed fairly decent for the price (barely any shutter lag, decent write speed for RAW were my big concerns). I would have kept it except for the fact...Read complete review

I bought it and things seemed fairly decent for the price (barely any shutter lag, decent write speed for RAW were my big concerns). I would have kept it except for the fact the images were all soft when you opened it up in Photoshop, and most of them where just blurry. The autofocus was having lots of issues. Overall, there was also more noise than expected.

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4.0

Fine little camera for the money

By Fourflush

from Coastal Georgia

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

    I carry a camera everywhere I go. Used to be big Nikons. Switched to a V2 with 10/100 for trip to Alaska. Saw a guy using the LF1 and was surprized by the viewfinder. Can't live w/out veiwfinder. I'm still learning about it, but the pictures (snapshots mainly) are really good. It's a little troublesome to suppress the flash. Very handy. How much did Panasonic pay for the Leica name?

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    • No

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    5.0

    Easy to use-excellent results

    By Francefan

    from Port Washington, New York

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

      I am happy with my new Panasonic Lumix. I got it to take on a European vacation when I didn't want to tote my Canon EOS 50D and large tripod. My Canon S 100 was being repaired and I wanted to make sure I had a top point and shoot, with manual controls, and an excellent sensor. Had fun trying out the creative settings, though I doubt I will be using them: Toy, HDR,etc.etc. And it has a viewfinder!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Appears to be a good camera

      By Bike Rider

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

        The LF1K is a small camera that fits in a shirt pocket very well. In the little time that I have used it, the pictures and movies look very good. I did not use it in low light indoors or at night at this time. Movies in IA mode can zoom to 14x, but, if you use P mode you can zoom until the movies get too grainy(i.e. lots of zoom). Great little camera.
        The view finder id great in bright sun light, much better then no viewfinder.
        The one thing that I would like to see with it is an external battery charger. You will need extra battery(s) for it, since battery life is not that long. (small camera=small battery) which is expected.

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        5.0

        Great camera

        By Mike

        from NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

            If you are looking for a good backup camera (backup to your SLR) or want to have a simple point&shoot since is the camera to go with. Just bought it for a vacation in very challenging environmental conditions and I am stunned by the quality of the pictures.

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            5.0

            A great fuuly packed camera for my purpo

            By rummy

            from Lancaster PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

              I researched several more expensive cameras and this one was as good as others and a great price.

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              • No

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              1.0

              poor focus

              By ssc

              from Washington

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Zoom
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Poor autofocus
              • Poor Image Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

                I bought it and things seemed fairly decent for the price (barely any shutter lag, decent write speed for RAW were my big concerns). I would have kept it except for the fact the images were all soft when you opened it up in Photoshop, and most of them where just blurry. The autofocus was having lots of issues. Overall, there was also more noise than expected.

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                5.0

                Love this camera!

                By EB

                from Santa Fe, NM

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

                  It's easy to use, small enough to fit in my pocket, and takes excellent images.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  best thing you can put in your pocket

                  By OverTime

                  from Tehachapi CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                    This camera has a great sensor, low ISO, and just the right amount of settings. I have had many point and shoots but none performs like this. It takes me back to the days of my 35mm SLR; like photography rather than just taking pictures.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Pocket camera with all needed features

                    By paul

                    from Lake Hopatcong, NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Before digital, I had tired of toting an SLR with regular, wide & telephoto lenses. I was happy with my 1st Lumix - DMC-TZ1, but needed a viewfinder and missed the control (f-stop, shutter speed) of the SLR. The LF-1 has all that & more! Picked by Consumers as a best ...

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                      4.0

                      I would buy it again

                      By Gideon the biker

                      from Tel Aviv Israel

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                        Great pocket camera for joggers and bikers

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        A Great Point-and-Shoot

                        By JohnSkar

                        from Elgin, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                            I just lost my p&s camera that I had for years.
                            I replaced it with this Lumix LF1.
                            The Leica lens is very sharp and clear with great contrast. This camera has a near perfect feature set (which is why I bought it.)
                            It fits perfectly in a small bag and will be on my hip when traveling where I do not want to carry my larger camera around my neck.
                            Features:
                            - built-in lens cap
                            - handy customizable "focus" ring
                            - perfect auto WB and exposures
                            - exposure compensation
                            - manual focus capability
                            - built-in electronic viewfinder
                            - jpeg, raw and combo capability (even 3D stills???)
                            - mp4 or avchd for videos
                            - easy and informative menuing
                            - great image stabilization

                            So far, I love it.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great little Camera

                            By Mariner

                            from NYC Metro

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

                              Used for record keeping & General photo work --
                              Like the independent view finder in bright light where it is often difficult to see the larger screen -- Image stabilization and speed of focus are also very good

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Accurate Color Pictures

                              By LCN

                              from La Crescenta CA

                              Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                              Received my camera from B and H on time and was well packaged. I have carried out tests on the zoom range from wide to full digital zoom. I must say that I was pleased with the results. Even the digital zoom has enough res. for good snapshots. I found that using the P mode on the dial gave me the best res. The colors are a bit subdued but by using the Vivid Mode the colors will make the shot pop for you. Could improve WiFi connection. Use SD adapter to iPad instead.

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                              5.0

                              A fine camera

                              By CJH

                              from Woodcliff Lake, NJ

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                L U M I X L F 1.

                                Where I come from
                                My 'real ' camera is a micro four thirds (MFT) systems camera. It does everything well I wish for in a camera except it does not fit my pocket. That's why sometimes I prefer a second camera that does. A Canon S 95 filled that place admirably until my canoe capsized submerging it in the floods of a local lake. I wanted a replacement similar to the S 95 but, if possible, with a built in electronic viewfinder (EVF), which was something I got to like very much in my MFT camera. I am far sighted and the diopter adjustment of the EVF will make glasses unnecessary. The LF 1 is the one point and shoot camera to offer this.
                                It does not blow my MFT out of the water and the viewfinder image reminds me
                                of pre high definition TV. But I can reliably frame the image and see the
                                numerical information. When there is no hurry and the sun doesn't blank out the image, I will gladly get my glasses out and use the screen. After using it for a couple of weeks I find the LF 1 to be a likeable companion. It produces well defined photos in point and shoot manner that I am not embarrassed to show side by side with the ones taken with the MFT and even for projects that call for a more deliberate approach the LF 1 does well. The dial for exposure mode settings is of the familiar P/A/S/M layout so I started taking pictures right away without having to go too deeply into the manual.

                                Optics and low light level photographs
                                I had been used to zoom lenses that cover the focal length range from 28 to 90mm and I was concerned that to stretch this out to 200 mm might take its toll on the general image quality. Not so. I tested the lens at several focal lengths and apertures with an USAF test target and always counted at least 1000 lp/image height. Vignetting and geometric distortion are barely detectable. The jpg compression appears not to reduce the resolution when compared to RAW image files. f:2/28 and ISO 1600 suffice for urban night scenes, snapshots in restaurants and the like and as a last resort in desperate conditions, one can still increase the speed up to ISO 12800. At longer focal lengths the aperture is gradually reduced by maximally 3 f-stops at F 200 mm.

                                Image stabilization and use of a tripod
                                When using of a tripod it is typically recommended to disable the image stabilizer. The LF1 manual does not mention this and I took some pictures with and without image stabilization. There was no difference I could detect.

                                Scene mode settings
                                There are 16 scene mode settings. I have not tried many of them except high dynamic range (HDR) where the camera takes three shots of different exposure times in rapid succession and then consolidates them into a single frame. Preliminary experiments look promising.

                                I have had this camera now for about a month and I like it very much.
                                Yes, I would like more battery capacity. No, I would not like the camera to be bulkier in exchange.

                                The camera comes with printed brief instructions and a 256 page manual on CD.
                                It is richly illustrated but some things got lost in translation and the lack of an index is regrettable. The LF1 does not take more gladly to a full bath than my S95 and I am selling my canoe.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent compact P&S w/VF

                                By emelvy

                                from Oak Ridge, TN

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Great Zoom
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Nice Body Color
                                • Short Lag Time
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

                                    When my 7-yr old compact point&shoot camera failed, I looked for a replacement with a view finder. Without a VF I would need reading glasses to set up the camera and compose the shot, and then would have to change to distance glasses to see when the subject would have a good expression for the photo. The LF1 seems to be the only compact camera that has a VF. I find it very useful -- not only does the VF show exactly the same picture as will be recorded (no parallax error), but it also shows all the on-screen information pertaining to the camera setup.

                                    I like the LF1's large zoom range. By photographing newspapers spread on the floor, I have found that there is almost no degradation in lens sharpness at full aperture in going from wide-angle to telephoto. Also, I see no color fringing in the corners of any shot. The camera arrived in perfect adjustment for color balance with flash or sunshine, auto focus, and image stabilization.

                                    I am amazed at how much capability Panasonic has squeezed into this very small, pocketable camera. I like the fast response of the shutter to a button-press. So far (four days' usage), I am completely pleased with this camera. A wrist strap is included, but I immediately installed a neck strap which I wear all the time -- no dropped-camera disasters for me!

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                                    5.0

                                    They've got it right

                                    By rural Bill

                                    from Pigeon, MI

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Short Lag Time
                                    • Small / Compact

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                      The view finder on this camera makes it great for any lighting condition. The fast lens and larger sensor make it great for low light and indoor without a flash. Panasonic really got it right this time. And as always B&H was great with their service.

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                                      5.0

                                      Excellent Tool

                                      By Thunderable

                                      from Denver, CO

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                      • Good Image Quality
                                      • Good Image Stabilization
                                      • Good in Low Light
                                      • Great Zoom
                                      • Large Clear LCD
                                      • Small / Compact

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                        I purchased this to take on a trip to Europe last summer, as my old P&S was waning, and I didn't want to haul my Nikon D5100 along. This camera took amazing pics, even at night (some of my best photos), without a tripod.

                                        I love the DSLR-like versatility, as well as having an EVF for when the sun is behind me, and it's hard to see the LCD. It's small enough to keep in one's pocket, but powerful enough to bring distant images into focus with clarity. I like using this more than my DSLR for most situations (especially hiking or snowshoeing), because it's light, easy to use and takes great photos.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great small Camera

                                        By Tom

                                        from Henderson NV.

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                        • Good Image Quality
                                        • Large Clear LCD
                                        • Small / Compact

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Family Photos
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                          Good small camera for everyday use. The viewfinder is very useful in bright sunlight. Image Quality is Good. The controls and buttons are small but I have gotten used to them. The Wi-Fi system is complicated to use. I haven't done much with it yet.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great camera

                                          By Ger

                                          from Medellín, Colombia

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                          • Good Image Quality
                                          • Good Image Stabilization
                                          • Great Zoom
                                          • Short Lag Time
                                          • Small / Compact

                                          Cons

                                          • Short Battery Life

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                            For better results, and noise reduction above iso 800, use raw.

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                                            5.0

                                            Powerful little P&S

                                            By Bryan

                                            from Ontario, Canada

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Good Image Quality
                                            • Good Image Stabilization
                                            • Good in Low Light
                                            • Large Clear LCD
                                            • Small / Compact

                                            Cons

                                            • Poor Flash

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                            I travel quite a bit and I was looking for a quality, yet affordable p&s camera that went beyond the normal cameras in this class. I love the versatility of this camera. I can get pretty creative with it, yet it is so easy and intuitive to use. Image quality is very good. I love the fact that it has the LVF, when there are bright ight conditions. IThis camera checks all the boxes for me.

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