Lenses and Accessories

 

Canon® 60D Fast Start

 

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Lenses and Accessories

So this class, we're going toe kind of just end up with some real basics on lenses and accessories. If you have this camera, I've kind of narrowed things down to a few basics that you might need. So the first thing to do with lenses is that there are two different siri's of lenses from cannon, the e f lenses and the e f s lenses. Now, luckily, if you own this camera, you can use both of these lenses, but it's important to know the difference is about these lenses. F lenses will be designated by an e f lettering on them, as well as a red dot mounting index thie f s lenses air also designated with an f s and they have a white square as opposed to our red dot. So that's, how you know which lenses, which let's talk about these different lenses. The e f lenses were designed primarily for full frame cameras, but the camera that you have thesixty d is an a p s c sensor in its camera, and so the image that you get from an e f lenses, a very large image circle that covers that full frame from c...

orner to corner so you don't have any dark corners cutting the edges off. Now, the e f s lenses especially designed lens so that it fits exactly with the a p s c sensor, covering it from corner to corner. But you can see here the image circles are different between the two lenses. If you were to take your kit lens, you're eighteen to one thirty five and bring it onto a full frame camera. You would have dark corners, something like this because the image sensor is not large enough for it. And so if you upgrade to a full frame camera, you're gonna probably need to get some new lenses to work with that new full frame camera. However, if you want to buy an e f lens and put it on your camera, what's going to happen is it's goingto produce a very large image circle over the sensor, and your sensor is going to crop in the middle of it and get a portion of it, and that is perfectly acceptable, so that's perfectly fine. You can use any lens you want on your sixty d camera. Just with e f lenses. There is kind of a crop factor that you get compared to when you use that lands on a full frame camera so that the same lens will look different on a full frame camera and in a psc care. Now the lens that comes with the camera as a kid if you so choose to purchase it that way is in eighteen to one thirty five f three point five to five point six e f s lance and it's a good general purpose lands it's a sharp plans it's got stabilization on it which is nice it has a good zoom range on it but it's not the end all be all of lenses. If you want to get a telephoto lens there's one I would recommend looking at it's the e f lens it's a seventy two three hundred f four five to five point six it's going to reach out quite a bit further than the one thirty five and it's going to be able to pull in things from much much longer away now in other lands, if you want kind of an upgrade telephoto, you want telephoto but you want a higher quality telephoto. You might look at the seventy two, two hundred f four it's a somewhat reasonably priced l'll ends and an l lenses one that has a red stripe on it the longer ones air white in color and they are generally kind of pricy. This one is about a thousand dollars it's very, very sharp optically it has a very, very good stabilization system in it and it's extremely well built probably one of the best lenses any sixty d owner could have is thie cannon fifty millimeter, one point four lands. If you even have the standard kit linz, I know this focal length is duplicated by what you already have, but it gives you the option of shooting at f one point for which gives you two major advantages. One is that you can shoot in low light and two you can shoot shallow depth of field nice options to have if you shoot a lot of portrait. Sor maybe some sports you might look at the eighty five one point eight very fast, a swell just a little bit longer and focal length. And for anyone interested in close up work, cannon makes a really nice sixty millimeter macro lens that focuses much, much closer than any of the zoom lenses. So if you like, close up work, take a look at that. Lance now, there's. Lots of other lenses out there, but those were just a few of the ones that I thought you might be interested in. Let's, look at some of the other accessories that cannon has one of the major accessories. The big ones is the bg nine battery grip. If you have small hands and you want a bigger grip, if you shoot your camera in vertical a lot, you're shooting a lot of portrait. The vertical grip is a nice grip to have on your camera because it gives you a vertical shutter release when you turn the camera vertically there's a place for you, too, have your hand comfortably on the side of the camera while firing it. It also adds a few functions on the back of the camera for your thumb as well. The battery that this camera uses is thie l p e six, and it is the battery you want to use. There are some aftermarket battery's out there, but they often don't have the chips inside, which will read the battery information. And so if you want to have full battery information on it, you probably want to get yourself a cannon battery good one to have always a spirit around the lens hood designed for the eighteen to one thirty five is thie e w seventy three b, and if you want to help block the light from hitting the front of lands for improved contrast and for just some general production, this is a good hood to have on there for cleaning the sensor, even if you don't want to get in and actually touch the sense of yourself, this bulb a bulb blower is a very good device to have you will use the mere lockup feature that we talked about locked the mirror up, turned the camera upside down and then blow air up in to the sensor hopefully knocking off any dust that is on it. Next up let's talk about memory cards this camera uses sd or what is known a secure digital cards and there are a number of different versions that indicate their capacity and this will use all the s d s th cst xy models out there you will pay for a different brand names the size of the cards as well as the speed of the cards. On the side of the cards is a right protection switch that'll prevent images from getting deleted on the side of it, and if you're going to shoot a lot of video, you would probably look for a car that has a class speed of six so class six or higher in the cards speed for video for general use two or four will be completely fine they go up to ten for downloading images. I found that it's much easier to use a card reader, and so the the transfer system built into the cameras is not very fast it's sometimes a little bit clunky with certain software that it needs the card readers no matter who they're from lexar, sandisk or other makers is a lot easier and faster in my opinion so I'll usually have one of these connected up to my laptop or my desktop so I can easily download the card without plugging the camera in itself cannon makes a number of good flashes for a few that I want to talk about the speed light to seventy e x two is a nice little flash but the built in flashing your camera does about the same job that this little flash does is so I wouldn't recommend this flash unless the flashing your camera broke next up is a new flash a three twenty e x and this one actually has a video light in it so it's a steady light if you're going to shoot video and you want some added light on your subject it would be a good light for that for most photographers a good kind of intermediate level flashes thief or thirty e x to this is going to be much more powerful than the built in flash it's much more versatile as you khun bounce light off of ceilings and walls and you can also operate it manually if you want to and finally if you're really into flash and you want they're top of the line model the five eighty e x two is going to give you the most power of any of their out on flashes it's goingto have more power than any of the other flashes and in these grouping and it's going to offer additional features if you want to get in and manually control the flash where you want to do some special function features with it, you can do that. So why do you want an external flash? Well, the problem with the built in flashes, it often has shadows resulting from it in odd areas. By adding on a flash, you can get a flash a little bit further away from the camera, and if you want to use one of their cords or they're off camera system, getting the flash off the camera is probably the surest way to improve the quality of your portrait ce and so that's the flash system that you can get with the cannon sixty day. Another option if you're going to be using your camera on a tripod is a remote shutter release. There are two option there is the cabled remote and the wireless remote. If you're the type of person that wants to get in the picture with your friends and your family, you might want the remote control sixth e r c six so you can fire the camera from in front wirelessly. If you're working from a tripod, you do a lot of landscape photography or you just don't want to bump the camera when you shoot the shutter you want thie rs sixty e three so those are some of the most valuable accessories I think in those are available from being h we have all the model numbers up on the creative live a website on this class if you're wanting to check back and see what the's are, you can go to the creative, live web site and figure out exactly what models are there just in case you're interested. My name is john gringo, and I do have a website with more information about my classes and things that I dio and one of the things that I do is I do a photography class s and if you've taken this class and you want to know more about photography, we have a great class on photography that you khun download it's got over twenty hours of information on it takes you through the beginning photography through some pretty advanced levels. So good thing to check out if you want to learn more about photography if you are here in the seattle area, I do teach a number of classes on a number of subjects, all photography related that you can check out my website. I'm also leading tours from time to time, and we'll hopefully be travelling too many new and exciting locations around the world, so if you'd like to take a tour and learn photography, check out that aspect on my website so that, uh brings this class almost to a conclusion we'll take some more questions here but that goes through all the basis we went through the entire camera every button on the outside every menu feature every custom function there couldn't possibly be another question are you joking? Um thank you that was an awesome class don thank you and I just want to also point out a ce faras being h igh posted in the chat room the the creative live being h linc linc page good like page so in case you're interested in purchasing any equipment on being h creative life has our own link very good so and clap clap clap from the internet they say great class thank you john thank you they sent along guys and gals we do have a lot of question yes people are screaming wait, wait we still have questions we've got them. We've got them okay. When are you going to new york city b wants to know your class. I would love to come to new york city, teach a class and then run the new york city marathon. Oh, I combine that somewhere. Yes, yes, you can. Okay. Um let's start with latouche question which short lens will have the the less the least distortion least distortion that is a technical question the let's see short lands will you know when they said short lens there they're talking in code to some people. They're probably meeting a wide angle lands and there's not a lot of really wide angle lenses for this there's a fifteen eighty five that I kind of like, I'm not even sure how the distortion is on that one there's also a ten to twenty two millimeter lands, and they are that might have a little bit distortion on there, too, and distortion is when it looks a little let's. See, it's got either a fisheye look what kind of bubbles out and that's usually the problem that you're going to have with a wide angle lens, and I used to be really concerned with it, but now light room and other software programs can correct for it automatically. There are some other technical websites that you can go to that rate that I haven't really checked into it, so I can't verify for sure, but a good wide angle lens to look at is the ten to twenty two millimeter lands that ten millimeters that's, very wise, very wise, very wise see, we have had a number of people asking for your recommendations on this camera versus that camera. About one in particular that keeps coming up is the sixty d versus the seventy sixty devers and seventy yeah, seven the seventy is the next. Level up than this. If I had teo talk about the differences in as few words as possible, I would say the seventy has a much better auto focus system. So if you're going to shoot sports action of any sort movement of the seventy will outperform the sixty d by a fairly good stretch. The seventy is better constructed and most of the features are just a little bit better. The weather ceiling on it is a little bit better sealed it's got faster frame rate it's mostly a better sports camera. If you were to talk about what's a better landscape camera, I would say it's ah, a fairly close call between the two, but for sports is where the seventy really shines. And what about the new t three I versus the sixty d the t three I compared to this, I haven't had the tea three I in my hands, I've been able to look at some of the functions of it. It's not as well built as this camera is going to be a smaller camera it's not gonna offer as many features I have yet to get in and see exactly what should those features. It doesn't have there's actually a couple of new features that it looks like it has, and that actually looks like to be a closer competition one of the areas that is a difference of sze well is that this is going to have a better focusing system on it than the rebel system this has nine focus points and they're all cross sensitive so they're all sensitive to vertical and horizontal lines the rebel t three eyes only cross sensitive in the center point and so the outside points or not is good so this will once again be much better in sports or action mode then the next step down cool and now people are just starting to ask about every camera so I think was it last week that you suggested maybe you could do a class on picking the right camera in the right camera for whatever you choose the right camera yeah that may be at the home of the class let's think that's concentrate on questions about this camera right here exactly okay, we could do that um so another question I just wanted to say uh you two in the twitter said even john gringo learned something during classes which I like spot metering I know just the spot metering and live you all remember that one now and then she also asked between the fifty millimeter one point four and the eighty five one point eight which lends would you recommend I would recommend different lenses for different situations the fifty millimeter on this is a very good standard portrait lance yeah that's the less expensive option the eighty five one eight is a longer lens it's going to require more distance between you and you subject so if you're taking pictures in your little home studio of ah bedroom that you've converted into a little studio the eighty five is probably going to put you back too far but if you want this lens to double to shoot basketball games with because your kid plays basketball in the gymnasium the eighty five is going to be a little bit better because it's a little bit longer and you need that little bit longer focal length for it so those air two different instances and so for pure portrait work I'd go with the fifty if you want to use it for other short telephoto needs I'd go with the eighty five thank you alright nico is just letting us know that it's snowing very hard outside now really that's why it's so cold in here? Perhaps hauser had asked our lens filters necessary if so, which do you recommend that's a tough lesson do you put your lid on top? What are the options on any camera is whether to put filters in front of the lands and the conventional thinking is is that you khun stick a filter in front of the lands to protect the lands from either over cleaning dust, smudges, things all sorts of things and it's a bit of insurance some people don't like to put anything in front of their glass because they spend a lot of money on the lens and they don't want anything to take away from the good quality glass. What I have seen is that if you get a good quality filter and b plus w is a great filter company that makes a very good filter it's very easy for them to make a single, clear piece of glass that is not even noticeable in the final picture but can protect your lands. And so if you want to put on a really good, clear filter, b plus w makes a nice, clear uv filter that you can put in the front of that and the front your lands, and I I would love to see results from somebody who shot with him without a filter and can actually show me the difference on the filter. I haven't seen anybody who's been able to do that, uh, but that is a good safety option on most of my lenses, because I've spent my hard earned cash. I want to protect the lens, I'll keep a b plus w filter on the front of my lens, okay, good to know, um, j arnold had asked, is there any disadvantage and buying a macro lens to use as double duty, uh, as a telephoto? Buying a macro lens for telephoto aura's a portrait lens is what a lot of people use it for the on ly disadvantage there's two disadvantages the sixty millimeter that I recommended is not as fast as fifty millimeter sixty millimeter was a two point eight the fifty was a one point four, so it the fifty millimeter lets in four times as much light, so if you like that shallow depth of field looking your portrait, you'd want to go with the fifty millimeter one point for the macro lens. The other problem with the macro lands is something to do with the focusing in how fast it changes from infinity to close up. You don't have much range on the focus, you know you, you could just move it just a little bit a few millimeters, and it changes from infinity really up close and so it's hard to manually focus if you're that a manual focus type person with a macro lands if you're going to auto focus, it doesn't really matter, and then it just becomes an aperture f stop setting choice okay, not always an easy choice, but if you kind of pick what's most important to you and the safer bet is the macro lens because you could choose a macro lens and shoot portrait with it without too much problem, but if you choose a portrait lands it's very hard to shoot macro with that see homie design had asked earlier does the sixty d have have some integrated wireless flash trigger as the nikon see less let me go into the menu is I'm here and so hopefully we can see what I'm going to be doing here turned the camera on go into the menu system and we're going to go over to the flash functions if I can remember where that isthe flash control it's the first red tab down at the bottom is flash control and flash built in flash function setting one of the options sound here is the wireless function and we can control other flashes weaken you have this flash fire other flashes and we can control the ratio of this flash versus the other flash and what's going on whether it's just the external flash whether it's both flash is firing at the same time where there's a special one to two to two to one ratio so you can work with wireless flash systems and you would need the cannon higher in flashes to work with the system so the two highest and flashes will definitely work and I'm not sure about the new flash that uses video. I haven't seen that one yet not sure if that'll work wirelessly or not I'm guessing it will but I would like to see it to be sure certain about that um went had asked her wendy when looking at a photograph can you personally tell which camera and lens was used to take the picture you can if you have the right software afterwards if you just shot a picture in your camera and you gave me the memory card and I stuck it in this one, I couldn't tell but if I downloaded it onto my computer and I looked at it in light room, I could look in the metadata and I could see what camera fired it the date the time the shutter speed, the aperture all sorts of information but I mean, can you? I don't know if this is what they're asking, but I'm asking can you just look at a photo and I mean you personally kind of know oh just by the look of the photo just bythe phone now no, no, no way there's just too many adjustments that we made I can often tell that that was a really good camera or that was something funny was done with that, but a straight image off the camera would be hard to distinguish. You might be able to know the lens depending on that I could figure out the lens and the shutter speed but the camera's attached okay if if the picture was enlarged to a certain size and I could see you know more pixel detail and it depends on how it's presented as well I just wanted to say that adam just said you're like the david beckham of tardio what I love and who's adam adam is the man in sound the man back to question maia's back to question the ad I just thought that was a great concert you are you are bend it john gringo let's see questions, questions question from bobby was well, the e f s lens bump onto the sensor of the full frame camera mounted one of things is that the f s lenses do sometimes stick a little bit further into the camera body where they have is a little different protrusion there and that will not cause a problem in fact because a problem because they won't allow these lenses to be mounted on their full frame cameras and so you will try to mount that on the camera and it really won't even go on the camera so it doesn't even allow you the option of damaging it so there's really nothing bad to happen there is he said that it just it's just not gonna work. And so that might surprise the person who has a sixty d and then upgrades to a five d mark two and their lenses don't work on it because I had asked much earlier, he says uh doesn't mean there's no crop factor on the f s lenses there's no cropping done on the image there is in some ways a crop factor because of fifty millimeter lands is a fifty millimeter lands it doesn't matter whether it's for a large format camera full frame camera or specifically for this f s a psc crop frame sensor they all have the same look to it it's just that when we take a knee f lands we're not getting that outside area of it and so if if they're did exist let's see let's take a real lens there's a cannon thirty five millimeter e f lands if kanan made a thirty five millimeter f s lands they would look exactly the same mounted on this camera okay uh question from black who has had many, many questions thank you at uh what do you think about using a hood cap? Are just sorry lens hood does that make any difference? Lindsay yeah, I've recommended that in the accessory section I try to use a lens hood on all my lenses as often as I can. What it does is it blocks light that's coming in from sharp angles off to the side to prevent light from hitting the front of the lens and that will improve contrast, reduce flair and ghosting and some other little problems when you're shooting it also asks as a nice little bumper in case you bump up against something if you were to crack that lens you know walking through a doorway or something it's thirty dollars to replace rather than three hundred or three thousand dollars with your lends itself it is a little bit of a pain, you know, bringing them and switching around and turning them on, but I think it's fully worth it to get the best out of your camera that it can deliver so highly recommend the specific lens hood and there isn't one land, so there is one lens hood for every single lens and it's unique and very, very specified for each lens look out had asked are any of the listed flash is compatible with the built in or a flash control that you had listed? Ah, the flashes that I mentioned, I know for sure that the two top end models the five eighty and the four thirty are compatible with the remote functions the new flash with the video feature I think that was the three seventy if I recall correctly, I haven't seen that and I don't know until I get my hands on it or I see a full listing of the technical specs on it. I suspect that it might be, but I want to see it to be sure, hobbit asked, I heard you khun ad storage by using an external accessory not an external hd, but something that attach is to the camera is that true? I have not heard that because either you are story pictures on the memory card right here or you are sending images with a knife, I card to another computer and hard drive, and that would be the only other option that I can think you can send a signal out of the camera through the hd, my port, but that's just sending a signal off of the video and you're not really recording that it's just like t put it, put it on tv or something, so, no, I'm not familiar with an external storage, you know that you can get memory cards up to sixty four gigs and this camera, which I'm going to hazard a guess, is going to be somewhere in the range of twenty, five hundred pictures. I'm not sure that most people need one memory card to hold more than two thousand five hundred pictures raw. Now, if you show shot j peg, it might be around ten thousand images. Um, john shots had asked if you could explain the card class speeds for sd cards. Here we go over that I don't know way very basically, I think in an earlier question, but this cf cards have speed ratings on them and they'll range between one and ten. Most ratings you'll see, or either two, four, six, eight or ten if you're going to shoot a lot of video in this, you probably want to get a class six card it may work at class for, but you may occasionally have framed drops where it drops a frame because it can't store the information fast enough. So if you're going to shoot video class six or higher, you don't need a ten, but you can get up to ten if you're just going to shoot it for basic picture taking class four is fine on dh you could probably even use class too, but the buffer might fill up a little bit more quickly. I have so many more questions we'll take a few more you were all right. I'm sorry to everyone if we couldn't get your questions answered, but we'll do the best we can. Um, let's see next question I don't know if you showed uh linda's had asked if you could show the different grid modes that's something that's pretty easy let's go ahead and do this with high overhead camera will go ahead and flip on the live you this could be done in the live you mode or in the movie mode and so let's, go ahead and go into the menu system and see if I can remember where the grid display is. I know what it does, but I don't always know where it isthe there's our great display we have off we have grid one, which looks like this pointed up here at the ceiling so you can see the grid in there. So that's great one let's go ahead and change to grid too. And there we just have more boxes in there and so that's grid one and good too. I was listening, john, but you look like I wasn't listening. What? I'm here for you. They were deep in conversation. No, we weren't, um we're just working out our twitter winner. Everybody just hold tight. We're gonna get twitter drawings we have twitter winners have to mar twitter winners tweeters tweeters ah question from earlier how about hobbit had asked? You said there were twelve minutes of video at full resolution and doesn't change with smaller resident revolutions that time. Ten eighty p it's twelve minutes and at seven twenty it's still twelve minutes it's only when you go all the way down to six forty by four eighty that you can get more than that there's more technical information in the instruction manual so you may want to take a look at that if that's a critical issue for something that you're doing okay, thank you. Can I have some more questions? Uh, peh chung had asked, how often do you really use all nine focus points? All nine focusing points when I'm shooting sports, I use all focus points a lot if you have a subject that's running right at you, having all nine points helps the camera figure out what to focus on more quickly than just a single point. Because that single point, you know, if you have someone running right at you, you know it might go beside there torso under their arm and might get lost out if you use all points it's more likely to work and so on any subject that is mostly filling the frame that is moving at a high rate of speed, I think all points is the one time where those really come in handy. Okay, I'm gonna ask a question that's not on topic just okay for us to times. Um, here had asked, and there was a lot of discussion about this in the classroom, so you could just not answer it if you like. What major ways is light room? Better or worse than photo shop? Because they're trying to make a purchase and they are basing it on your explanation, huh? Well, it's something that it comes up in this class a lot because the camera is only part of the equation and shooting is a really, really important part of the equation but we do have to deal with things once they get in the computer and photo shop and light room both products from adobe are very very good processing products but they are ford slightly different types they used right well no I should say that they're designed for the same user in some ways they're for different purposes most photographers would be better off with light room to start with and work with light room and get to know it and then get into photo shop photo shop is all about taking an image and going I want to change a bunch of things in this photograph when many people taken image that they're generally pretty happy with and they don't need to change a lot of things in it in light room it's more about organizing your image is being able to find them make groupings in categories but also being able to make changes little things like cropping saturation color adjustment black and white color things like that if you want to clone in birds and things that weren't there in the original image that's what you need photo shopped for and that's not what most people really need in manipulating their pictures they just need a little bit of control they need to fix the horizon they need to re crop it they need to adjust the black point or the white point makes them exposure adjustments, and you could do all of that in light room and so in light room, you can organize your images, you can work on your image. Is it's a great product for all sorts of reasons? Photo shop is really, really handy if you want to make a major change to one individual photograph and it's a lot easier to work with a large group of images in light room than it is in photo shop. And so if, if I was advising eh newcomer to photography, I would say, go out and get light room learned how to use it, learn how to download your images, store them, organized them properly so that there safely stored. So you're not damaging your photographs, and then if you need mohr image manipulation than it can handle, then I would look at getting one of the photo shop programs out there. Photoshopped elements is a low priced, low and version of photo shop, which would fit most people's needs you could go up to see us. Five is the current model and get the top in one. If you do that all the time for the the average photographer who is just into photography, and they like what they're getting out of their camera, for the most part, light room is all they need most likely. Thank you so much and having said that I own both and I would hate to not have both of my system but if I had to give up one I would give up photo shop in a heartbeat and keep light room not even a thought process I agree as a photographer maybe not as a graphic designer but as a graphic designer and a designing a poster or something you need photo shopped for that all right, well I'm ready to give my twitter winner shout out what do you think go ahead so let's let's all ready she's not ready not ready okay, well we want to have both of them yeah weii do and wei have plenty of more questions we don't want to give you two anymore questions but we'll get a couple more my batteries are running low let me check me check me I have a question right now you want me to go ahead and ask? Okay? All right let's give you some more questions. Um another question I have a five eighty and a four thirty and I like to use them both um taking advantage of the wireless flash capability but I don't understand the wireless settings as well as the and groups and other people would ask about the amber groups right? Okay, this is getting into an area that's may be more complicated than we have time for, but in rial generalities you can use the built in flash to trigger other flashes and you can have these other flashes in different groups you could have group a and group b and that can be one flash or a group of flashes for instance if you want a to be your main light that fires at full power and be to fire at one quarter the power just for a little bit of fill light you khun designate which group there in and how much power they should fire off and so is I say I don't have the whole set up there there's a whole other class called cannon flash that's a whole nother two day class in and of itself I'm we're not I'm not even suggesting I'm gonna go that would take a long time for me to prepare but needless to say on dh so they're gonna have to take a close look at their instruction manual because I I don't know how much we can do straight from the camera because you may need to have on one of the five eighty flashes here to really fully control things with groups a and groups b because you can have different lighting ratios in different groups and there's on ly so much that you can do from in camera wireless control on so take a look at the the instruction manual for the flash take a look at the flash functions in the camera there are a lot of things that you could do with us that are pretty cool. But at a certain point, you're you may need to break out and get into something other lighting your other than the cannon flashes, because there is a limitation to the canon flash system. But they've got a lot that they couldn't do in there.

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Join John Greengo for an in-depth step-by-step tour of the Canon® EOS 60D. With a hands-on introduction to your camera's operations, detailed instructions on how all the menus work, and easy tips on how to shoot great photos with this specific camera model.

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