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Owners of Nikon DSLR Cameras in the UK: #DiscoverDifferent Event Draw for the UK: Enter Before 23.59 BST on 15 July 2015

Sun July 5, 2015

The following video presents A Different Perspective with Nikon | I AM DIFFERENT

Oxford, UK: Image Courtesy of Nikon

Oxford, UK: Image Courtesy of Nikon

Enter Nikon’s ballot to win a place on the #DiscoverDifferent event on Friday 14 August where you will “explore the hidden beauties of this famous city,” Oxford.

WIN A PLACE AT THE NIKON EVENT
#DiscoverDifferent

UPCOMING EVENT: OXFORD, UK
14 AUGUST 2015

Promotion Period: Enter between 00.01 BST on 2nd July 2015 and 23.59 BST on 15th July 2015.

Eligibility:

  • This Promotion is open to residents of United Kingdom aged 18 or over.
  • No purchase is necessary; however internet access is required.
  • Entrants must own a Nikon DSLR camera.

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Contests

Leica: Fotopark Challenge #BlueHour: Upload Your Favourite Blue Hour Picture to Leica Fotopark with the Title #BlueHour by 16 July 2015

Sat July 4, 2015

The following video presents Leitz Park – The Heart of Leica Photography:

Get an aerial view of Leitz Park, Leica Camera’s headquarters, and discover where the heart of Leica photography beats.

Leica Fotopark Challenge #BlueHour: Image Courtesy of Leica

Leica Fotopark Challenge #BlueHour: Image Courtesy of Leica

Fotopark Challenge #BlueHour
It is the moment of inspiration for painters and poets, the romantic and the melancholic at heart – and for photographers: blue hour. The moment when the sun sinks slowly beneath the horizon and the sky is lit in a deep, rich, glowing blue by its fading rays. It is the time for capturing particularly intense and atmospheric pictures and this physical phenomenon also appears for a brief moment before sunrise and transports landscapes, buildings, plants, and people into a magical world of their own.

Leica would like to invite you to share one of your most unique images taken during blue hour, with the Leica Fotopark Community.

  • Upload your favourite blue hour picture to Leica Fotopark with the title #BlueHour by 16 July 2015 and take part in Leica’s competition.
Leica Store Wetzlar Leitz Park: Image Courtesy of Leica

Leica Store Wetzlar Leitz Park: Image Courtesy of Leica

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Firmware Updates

Panasonic AJ-PX270 Camcorder Series Firmware Update Ver 27.74- (July 2, 2015): Improvement of the FAST ZOOM Function

Fri July 3, 2015

Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld camcorder

Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld camcorder

This video presents Discover Panasonic’s Compact AJ PX270 Camcorder.

This is an update to the previous blog, Panasonic AJ-PX270 Camcorder Firmware Update Ver.27.73-: Enhanced Network Functions Include FTP Transfer for P2 Cast & Streaming for LiveU: May 20, 2015 (JST) .

Panasonic released the AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld professional camcorder Firmware Update Ver 27.74- on July 2, 2015.

AJ-PX270 series Software (Firmware) Update

  • Last Update: July 2, 2015
  • Model: AJ-PX270 series, AJ-PX298MC, AJ-PX285MC
  • Registered Name/Size: VSI5951K / 48.9MByte

Improvement
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Contests

The Prestigious Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015: Winners are Announced

Fri July 3, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 is Open to All: Submit Photos & Videos Online Until Dec.15, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. Japan Standard Time.

Here are some facts about the contest.

  • This was the first time that entries in the video categories were judged separately. Videos of 6-180 seconds in length were accepted.
  • Entries recorded not only by cameras, but by any digital imaging device, including smart devices, were accepted.
  • A new award for entries submitted by younger imaging enthusiasts aged 19 or younger was established.
  • A total of 21,100 people from a record 164 countries and regions around the world submitted 88,737 entries.
  • Of all the works submitted, a total of 109 were chosen as winners.
  • Judges selected 2 Grand Prize winners (one each in the photograph and video categories), a total of 96 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each category, and 10 winners of the new Generation N Award for photographers and videographers aged 19 or younger.
  • In addition, 1 entry was selected for the Participants Award for Most Popular Entry based on voting by those who entered the Contest.

The winner of the Grand Prize (photograph category) is “Fukushima Flowers”, submitted by Katsuhiro Noguchi of Japan.

The winner of the Grand Prize (video category) is “One“, submitted by Chris Rudz of Poland.

You can view the results of the contest at http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/results/ .

Congratulations!

PRESS RELEASE

Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 Decided

July 3, 2015

From nearly 89,000 submissions from more countries and regions, 164, than ever before

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 have been determined.

The winner of the Grand Prize (photograph category) is “Fukushima Flowers”, submitted by Katsuhiro Noguchi of Japan. The winner of the Grand Prize (video category) is “One”, submitted by Chris Rudz of Poland. All winning images will be exhibited on the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 Judging Results page beginning today with the Grand Prize winners, to be followed by winners of other awards.


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Articles

Nikon Canada Announces DX 16-80mm F2.8-4, FX 500mm F/4 and FX 600mm F/4

Thu July 2, 2015

Nikon Canada today announced three news lenses, expanding Nikon’s family of first-class lenses for DX and FX-format cameras.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is a versatile wide-angle lens for enthusiast photographers:

  • The first Nikon DX lens with an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent exposure during high-speed shooting
  • The first Nikon DX lens with Nikon’s legendary Nano-Crystal Coat
  • Equivalent to the popular 24-120mm FX format focal range

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F/4E FL ED VR makes professional super telephoto performance lighter than ever before:

  • Weighs 6.8 lbs./3090 grams (vs. 8.5 lbs./3880g for its predecessor)
  • A great choice for nature and sports photographers who need tack-sharp images of birds in flight or fast-moving action
  • Includes new fluorite lens elements to reduce chromatic aberration

The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F/4E FL ED VR provides the ultimate in fast-aperture and focal distance for challenging subjects:

  • Weighs 8.3 lbs./3810g (vs. 11.5 lbs./5060g for its predecessor)
  • The constant aperture of f/4 lets photographers fill the frame and create dramatic separation between subject and background
  • Also includes new fluorite lens elements

Press Releases:


Press Releases

Nikon Canada announces AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR wide-angle lens with electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent exposure during high speed shooting

Thu July 2, 2015

Nikon Canada announces the powerful and versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR wide-angle lens

First DX lens with an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent exposure during high speed shooting

Mississauga, ON, July 2, 2015 – Today, Nikon Canada announced the new wide-angle zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens – an amazingly versatile DX-format lens that is well-suited for advanced and enthusiast photographers. The NIKKOR 16-80mm features a combination of the best Nikon lens technologies, some never before seen in a Nikon DX-format lens, such as Nikon’s legendary Nano Crystal Coat. The lens gives photographers an all-purpose optic to help take their photography further.

“The NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is a very exciting addition to the NIKKOR DX-format lens lineup, and a new milestone in the NIKKOR legacy – it combines the most advanced optical technologies with an useful focal range to capture photos and HD video,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “This new lens is an essential companion for Nikon’s high performance, lightweight series of DX-format HD-SLR cameras.”

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Press Releases

Nikon Canada announces AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F/4E FL ED VR

Thu July 2, 2015

AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F/4E FL ED VR

Pack lighter to go further: Nikon announces two new professional super telephoto NIKKOR lenses

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F/4E FL ED VR dominate the sidelines with superior optical and AF tracking performance, while new design reduces weight

Mississauga, ON, July 2, 2015 – Today, Nikon Canada announced two new super telephoto lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F/4E FL ED VR. These two NIKKOR lenses use the latest Nikon lens technologies to enhance autofocus (AF) tracking and optical performance, while significantly reducing weight. Ideal for sports, action, wildlife and press events, these lenses capture striking images from afar with brilliant clarity and sharpness.

“The new AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F/4E FL ED VR were developed to give photographers the advantage on the sidelines or in the field, with a lens that can keep up with the action and get the decisive shot,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “By the fourth quarter or final period, professional photographers will sincerely appreciate the weight reduction of these lenses, which allows for extended shooting, even into overtime.”

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Press Releases

Nikon: New, Wide-angle, Large Aperture Zoom Lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR for Advanced & Enthusiast Photographers to Shoot in Challenging Light with Ease

Thu July 2, 2015

The following video presents 80th NIKKOR Anniversary:

Have you ever wondered how your NIKKOR lenses are made? In honor of the 80th NIKKOR anniversary, we’ll take you through this beautiful process and give you a whole new appreciation of your favorite glass.

Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens with new features such as:

  • a popular, wide 24-120mm (FX-format equivalent) focal range,
  • the large f/2.8 – f/4 aperture lets photographers shoot in challenging light with ease,
  • the 16-80mm’s fast aperture lets users blur the background to create that dramatic separation between subject and background that emphasizes and flatters a subject.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR : Specifications at a glance

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR : Specifications at a glance

The new Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be available in July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,069.95.**

PRESS RELEASE

July 2, 2015

An Everyday Lens That’s Anything But Ordinary: The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens Offers Advanced Photographers Powerful Versatility

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens – an amazingly versatile DX-format lens that is well suited for advanced and enthusiast photographers. The NIKKOR 16-80mm features a combination of the best Nikon lens technologies, some never before seen in a Nikon DX-format lens, including Nikon’s legendary Nano Crystal Coat. The resulting lens gives a wide variety of photographers an all-purpose optic to help take their photography further and tell their story with clarity and precision.

Photo taken with the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR and the Nikon D7200. (Photo Credit: Yoshitsugu Enomoto)

Photo taken with the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR and the Nikon D7200. (Photo Credit: Yoshitsugu Enomoto)

“The NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 is a very exciting addition to the NIKKOR DX-format lens lineup, and a new milestone in the NIKKOR legacy – it combines the most advanced optical technologies with an extremely useful focal range to capture photos and HD video,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This new lens is a great companion for Nikon’s high-performance, lightweight series of DX-format DSLR cameras.”

DX-Format Versatility
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Press Releases

Nikon: New AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR are Professional Telephoto Lenses: Increased Performance & Reduced Weight

Thu July 2, 2015

The following video presents NIKKOR Lens Technology:

Take a look into the innovative technology that goes into NIKKOR lenses and see why professionals around the world settle for nothing less than NIKKOR lenses.

Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new professional telephoto lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, with new features such as:

  • increased autofocus (AF) tracking and optical performance, and
  • significant reduction in weight.
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR: Specifications at a glance

AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR: Specifications at a glance

AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR: Specifications at a glance

AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR: Specifications at a glance

The new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $10,299.95***. The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for the SRP $12,299.95***. Both lenses also come with a newly redesigned, lightweight, custom-fit hard case for transport.

PRESS RELEASE

July 2, 2015

Pack Lighter to Go Further: Nikon Announces Two New Professional Super Telephoto NIKKOR Lenses

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lenses Dominate the Sidelines With Superior Optical and AF Tracking Performance, While New Design Reduces Weight

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new super telephoto lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. These two NIKKOR lenses use the latest Nikon lens technologies to enhance autofocus (AF) tracking and optical performance, while benefitting photographers with a significant reduction in weight. Ideal for sports, action, wildlife and press events, these lenses offer photographers the ability to capture striking images from afar with brilliant clarity and sharpness.

AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR

“The new NIKKOR 500mm and 600mm f/4 lenses were developed to give photographers the advantage on the sidelines or in the field, with a lens that can keep up with the action and get the decisive shot,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “By the fourth quarter or final period, users will sincerely appreciate the weight reduction of these lenses which allow for extended shooting, even into overtime.”

Photo taken with the new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR lens and the Nikon D4S camera. (Photo Credit: Craig Kolesky)

Photo taken with the new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR lens and the Nikon D4S camera. (Photo Credit: Craig Kolesky)

Photo taken with the new AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR and the Nikon D4S. (Photo Credit: Ole Jørgen Liodden)

Photo taken with the new AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR and the Nikon D4S. (Photo Credit: Ole Jørgen Liodden)

Increased Performance, Reduced Weight
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Contests

Ian Parry Scholarship 2015 for Documentary & Visual Photojournalism Students and Freelance Photographers of the Age of 24 Years and Under, from Any Country: Apply Online Until 14 July 2015

Wed July 1, 2015

The Ian Parry Scholarship 2015

  • The scholarship is FREE to enter for all full time students including recently graduating students and BA, MA and MFA students, from any country.
  • It is also open to photographers (not attending a course) who are 24 years old or younger.
  • Entrants must submit examples of their work from their portfolio and a brief synopsis of a project they would undertake as if they won.

We ask you send us a folder of a 12 image portfolio, an application form and a synopsis of a story you would like to shoot should you win via yousendit or dropbox to entries@ianparry.org You should include research and a budget with your plan.

Prizes

  • £3,500 (5494.65 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) and a Canon camera for the winner.
  • £500 (784.88 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) to the finalists.
  • Save The Children offers an international paid commission to one of the finalists.
  • A selection of the winning images will be published in the Sunday Times magazine Spectrum and exhibited in London, also appearing in a special edition Ian Parry Scholarship catalogue.

The Ian Parry Scholarship deadline is 14 July 2015.

You can get more info and download the application at http://www.ianparry.org/apply/ .

'The Tower of David' was a project shot by Alejandro Cegarra, and with which he became the 2014 Ian Parry Scholarship winner. Image Credit: Alejandro Cegarra

‘The Tower of David’ was a project shot by Alejandro Cegarra, and with which he became the 2014 Ian Parry Scholarship winner. Image Credit: Alejandro Cegarra

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Articles

Intel Security’s Most Toxic Superheroes List 2015: Tips to Stay Protected

Wed July 1, 2015

Most Toxic Superheroes 2015: Infographic Courtesy of Intel Security

Most Toxic Superheroes 2015: Infographic Courtesy of Intel Security

With Comic Con kicking off next week, today Intel Security is releasing its 3rd annual Most Toxic Superheroes list, with Aquaman coming in at number 1. The King of Atlantis reclaims the top spot after topping the inaugural list in 2013.

Canada’s most famous superhero – Wolverine – finished as the 3rd most toxic superhero of 2015.

Intel Security conducted research on the comic universe’s top heroes to learn which searches may be leading consumers to viruses, malware and other inappropriate content that can be considered dangerous, can compromise private information or infect their devices.

As movie studios continue to announce plans to create films and TV series based on comic fans’ favourites – including Aquaman, Doctor Strange and Iron Fist – the study’s results explain why sites that feature these popular superheroes have the potential to be targeted by cybercriminals. They are aware that people are surfing for these characters, giving cybercriminals ample opportunity to steal innocent people’s personal information.

The top 10 superheroes most likely to affect online surfers this year are:

Intel Security’s Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes*:
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Press Releases

Olympus AIR A01 Smartphone-Controlled Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Tue June 30, 2015

Olympus has announced the Olympus AIR A01 camera in Canada and the United States (released earlier in February in Japan). The Olympus AIR A01 is like a “camera in a lens,” except that in this case, the lens is interchangeable. So, it features the Micro Four Thirds mount (allowing the use of any compatible mFT lens), a 16-megapixel sensor, electronic shutter, built-in battery and a microSD card slot. It does not have an integrated LCD display. Instead, it connects to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and uses the OA.Central for Olympus Air app (free download) to allow you to view the images on your smartphone’s or tablet’s screen.

Olympus AIR A01 with lens and smartphone attached

Olympus AIR A01 with lens and smartphone attached

Even though at first glance the Olympus AIR A01 seems to transform your smartphone into an incredibly capable camera, truth is that the AIR A01 is a mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) though it’s shaped more like a lens or a mount adapter than a boxy camera. It uses your smartphone simply as a dispay device with touch AF capability. It does exactly the same thing as any Olympus mirrorless camera running the appropriate remote control app to enable the use of your smartphone or tablet to remote control the camera. The only difference is that the AIR A01 looks like a big lens that you can attach to your smartphone (as large as the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4) using an angled mount — and it looks cool. It looks like you are attaching this big lens (in fact, any wide-angle or even super telephoto mFT lens, though a wide to tele zoom lens would be the most versatile) to your smartphone and suddenly you’re taking these amazing high resolution photos! Or, you might decide not to attach it at all, instead placing it on a tripod, a table or hand-holding it while using your smartphone or tablet as a remote display/control.

Since the AIR A01 is a mirrorless ILC similar to other Olympus mirrorless cameras, you can therefore expect the same cutting-edge imaging technology inside and can take full advantage of all the mFT lenses available from Olympus and other brands. It has the same 16-megapixel sensor and TruePic VII image processor as the latest OM-D and PEN® cameras, the FAST AF system for high-speed, high-precision focusing, RAW capture (transfer to PC using the microSD card), 1080p video recording, a 10 fps consecutive shooting mode and a silent electronic shutter with a 1/16000 sec. max. shutter speed. It does not feature built-in sensor-shift image stabilization (so Panasonic’s optically image stabilized lenses may become popular here). The built-in battery is rated for 320 shots per charge and is charged via USB.

A feature that is going to become more and more common as we start living and working in the Cloud is the integration of the Olympus AIR A01 with Amazon Cloud Drive. This allows for direct-to-cloud storage: you take a picture and it gets saved in the Cloud directly, thus bypassing the limited storage of the memory card and making the images instantly available for posting across social media outlets.

Camera controls that you can access and set on your smartphone or tablet’s screen include iAuto, PASM mode, movie mode, exposure settings, white balance and ISO speed. These are available by downloading the OA.ModeDial app. In all, Olympus has written 8 apps: OA.Central, OA.ModeDial, OA.ArtFilter, OA.Clips, OA.ColorCreator, OA.Genius, OA.PhotoStory and OA.Viewer (all bundled together into OA.Central).

Since Olympus has chosen to make the AIR A01 an open platform, developers can create their own apps for the camera using the available software development kit.

Olympus AIR A01 with 14-42mm EZ lens attached

Olympus AIR A01 with 14-42mm EZ lens attached

The Olympus AIR A01 will be available in the United States in July 2015 in Black or White for $299.99 (body only) or $499.99 paired with a 14-42mm EZ lens, and in Canada in August 2015 in Black or White for $399.99 (body only) or $599.99 paired with a 14-42mm EZ lens.

PRESS RELEASE

OLYMPUS AIR™ A01 DELIVERS OM-D® IMAGE QUALITY IN A SMART DEVICE WITH DEDICATED APP.

16-Megapixel Micro Four Thirds® Sensor, Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth, Silent Electronic Shutter, 10 fps Consecutive Shooting, Full HD Video, USB Charging, Dedicated Smartphone App

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 30, 2015, 1:00pm EDT — Olympus America Inc. is pleased to announce availability of the Olympus Air A01 camera in Canada and the United States. Olympus Air A01 with Amazon Cloud Drive integration is a compact camera excluding an integrated display; images are instead composed using a smartphone or tablet, which communicates with the camera via Wi-Fi and OA.Central for Olympus Air, Air A01’s dedicated app. The camera includes a 16-megapixel sensor and a Micro Four Thirds mount, delivering DSLR image quality and full compatibility with Olympus’s comprehensive collection of Micro Four Thirds lenses, expanding the capabilities of your smartphone.

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