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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally The Digital Camera Holy Grail, October 6, 2009
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 12.1MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens (Electronics)
Bottom line up front: The elusive compact camera with interchangeable lenses, DLSR Image Quality, DSLR Focusing speed and DSLR performance has finally been made. It is the GF1.

I live in Japan so I have been lucky enough to have been playing with this camera since 18 Sep. This camera sold out on the first day from Bic Camera in Japan so it is going to be hard to get a hold of one. Please be aware that this camera is "region" coded so if you buy a Japanese version you will not be able to change the menu language to English.

This review is equally applicable to both versions of the GF1. I personally prefer the 20MM (40MM equivalent) f1.7 lens to the 14-45MM (28-90MM equivalent) f3.5-5.6 lens for the following reasons: 1) Since the m43 is relatively small compared to a full frame sensor you need a fast lens to get shallow depth of fields. 2) As a fast lens it is far more usable in low light situations. This lens is ~2 to 3.5 f stops faster than the 14-45MM lens. What this means is that given a certain situation, if you were to select the same shutter speed you would let in 4-11 times more light (Each full f stop change changes the light by 2. Going to a small f stop doubles the light. Therefore, you arrive at how much more light there is by raising 2 to the number of f stops. 2^2=4 and 2^3.5 =11) allowing the use of a lower ISO setting or you could set a 4-11 times faster shutter speed to allow you to prevent motion blurring. 3) This lens is smaller so it makes the camera eminently more portable. What you give up is the ability to zoom with your hand. There is a work around for this and it is called zooming with you feet. However, in confined situations, you may not be able to move back are far as you need to. If this is the type shooting you routinely do then the 14-45MM zoom is probably for you. For me, and I believe for most people, I like the great flexibility the faster lens gives me and I am not usually constrained by space. Additionally, the 20MM lens, in my non-scientific tests, appears to focus faster than the zoom. Both focus fast but the 20MM feels faster.


This camera along with the G1 and GH1 has the best contrast detection autofocus on the market. It is as fast if not faster than my Nikon D40 and is almost as fast as my D700. This is a great technological breakthrough and is what allows the camera to be smaller than a DSLR while giving nearly identical performance. With this camera you will not miss photos of your children or other fast moving subjects while you wait for your camera to focus. Bravo.

On top of the great focusing performance , this fresh design allows this camera to handle exceedingly well. In many ways it takes the best of the point-and-shoot (P+S) world and mixes it with the best of the DSLR world. It doesn't have as many dedicated buttons as my D700 but the Q Menu system works very well and allows for quick changes of most shooting parameters. There is a detailed menu system but I don't find myself using it very much while shooting. I feel that this setup allows photographers moving up from the P+S world to feel immediately comfortable on this camera while also giving experienced photographers the control they need to work their craft. It seems many reviewers find fault with the Panasonic one control click wheel that changes aperture and shutter speed (other cameras have two wheels or have a button and 1 wheel combination). I actually prefer the click wheel on this camera. With the other types of setups (which I have on the D700 -- two wheels and D40 -- 1 wheel plus button) I usually have to look away from the scene to find the other wheel or button. With the setup on this camera my finger is already close by the wheel and I just push it to change functions.

I don't know what kind of plastic Panasonic uses on this camera but I love the way it looks and feels. Also, I think having a red, white, or grey camera is cool (unfortunately only available in black in the US. The G1 was available in multiple colors but so far the GH1 and GF1 are "available in any color as long as it is black.") and this combined with its size makes it look more like a "consumer" camera rather than a "professional" camera. With the photographer unfriendly laws proliferating the world, it is nice to have an incredibly capable camera that doesn't look like a professional camera.

This is a micro-4/3s camera system. That has some pros and cons. The chip is smaller than most DSLR chips. A full frame (FX in Nikon speak) sensor is ~860 sq mm, a Nikon DX sensor is ~370 sq mm, the 4/3 sensor is ~225 sq mm, and the typical sensor used in a point and shoot range between ~25-50 sq mm. However, a 2/3 sensor like many TV shows are shot with is ~60 sq mm and a 1/4 sensor like most home video recorders is only ~10 sq mm. What does all of these numbers mean? From a "stills" perspective the 4/3 format is relatively small when compared to DSLRs. That means that for the same megapixel rating, the 4/3 sensor will have smaller photoreceptors and that means more noise. However, the 4/3 sensor is roughly 60% of a DX chip so while this is a great physics discussion, in real life you will not be able to tell the noise difference based on sensor size even with a picture blown up to 100%. This is born out by the GF1's excellent noise control up to ISO800. You can also still use shots taken at ISO 1600 and 3200 but those low light shots are usually better turned into black and whites for that noire grainy look. That is the "downside" (not really much of a downside especially when compared to the up side) of the micro 4/3 system. The upside is that because you have a smaller area to cover, you can make lenses smaller (less weight and less cost). You also get a 2x multiplication factor on your lenses. So now that 200mm lens gives you 400mm of reach. Yea. However, a down side of the 2x multiplication side is if you want to shoot wide. You need a 7mm lens to get a 14mm viewing angle and those can get pretty expensive (panasonic makes are really nice and small 7-14mm that is more expensive than this camera). The point of all of this mumbo jumbo is that this camera takes great pictures and the lenses are smaller than DSLR lenses. Less weight and smaller size with no practical image quality compromise equals great camera.

On thing that is a negative is the slow 1/160 flash sync speed. This will be very limiting for off camera flash during bright light. With such a slow sync it will be exceedingly difficult (impossible?) to get shallow depth of fields while lighting. Most people probably won't use this feature but for those that do it will be a bummer. (Super FP mode and ND filters can help with this though)

This camera, also, does not have in Camera IS. The IS is in the lenses. The reason that Canon, Nikon, Panasonic do this is they say on-lens IS performs better. From what I have seen that is a true statement. However, in camera IS is better than no IS. Also, this camera can mount lens from numerous other systems. None of those will have IS. If you have an on board IS, then all of those other lenses will now have IS. The Olympus E-P1 does have in camera IS. The camera has many flaws but that is a benefit. Also, the E-P2 is supposed to be announce on 31 Oct 09 so hopefully many of the flaws of the E-P1 will be fixed.

I also love the face recognition on this camera. When I am taking group photos, the faces that I really care about are my families'. Now I can register 6 peoples' faces and it will focus on them. Nice


In many ways, this camera lacks some of the features of a dedicated video recorder and doesn't do the 1080P of the GH1 or have the manual shutter speed control. So why would I want to use this camera for video. There are two main reasons. The first reason is Depth of Field (DOF). As I mentioned earlier the micro 4/3 sensor has 4 times more area than the 2/3 sensor used for many TV shows and is 22 times more area than many video recorders. Smaller sensors = larger DOF. This makes it harder to isolate your subject from the background by having the background out of focus. Pay attention to movies when you watch them and you will notice how they shift focus to "highlight" their subject. If you have wondered why you can't do that with a home video recorder, now you know. If you shoot with a F4 lens on a 4/3 system you will need a .8 aperture on a 1/4 system to get the same DOF (by the way there is no such home video recorder). The second major reason to use the GH1 is the ability to change lenses. Right now there are not many micro 4/3 lenses. However, the micro 4/3 format is so flexible that, with an adaptor you can use just about any camera lens you want (Nikon, Canon, Leica, etc). The trade off is that you lose autofocus with most non-4/3 lenses. The ability to change lenses grants two major benefits. First, you can put all sorts of exotic lenses on. For example if you put on a 7mm lens, you would give your video a perspective not often seen in home footage. On a 1/4 sensor of a video recorder you would need a 1.4mm lens to get the same perspective as the 7mm on the 4/3 system. (Most camcorders are not going to go wider than 4mm which is roughly equivalent to a 20mm lens on a 4/3 system.) Secondly, you can put exceedingly "fast" (a fast lens is one with a low aperture number. A lower aperture number means more light hitting the sensor so you can run your shutter speed faster. Hence fast lens) lenses on to get shallow DOF. You could easily put a f1.4 lens on this camera. You would need a f0.3 lens to get the equivalent DOF on a 1/4 sensor.

Anyway, it is relatively easy to make beautiful videos with this camera. It does not do 1080P. However, I don't think that will be a loss to most. The GH1 1080P files are much bigger, require more post work to achieve really good results, and, from normal sitting distances, most people can't tell the difference between 720P and 1080P. Also, in the movie mode you can set aperture but the camera will set the shutter speed automatically. This leads to a caveat that you need to be aware of when shooting movies with this camera. If you want to use the wider apertures in bright light to get the smaller depth of fields then you will need some neutral density filters to put over the lens. As a rule of thumb you want your shutter speed to be twice the frame rate. So you need to shoot at 1/120. On a bright day at f1.7 you could easily need 1/9600 to properly expose at ISO200 (Well beyond the camera 1/4000 shutter limit). 5 to 6 Stops of ND would get the camera to set the shutter speed around 1/120. If you just set the camera on automatic it will take care of the exposure for you so you can just press the record button and go. However, one of the reasons to step up to a camera like this is take some control for yourself and create some art from within.

I will finish this review by making some comparison between some other camera choices out there.

First, this camera works very similar to the G1 and GH1 so what people have said about those cameras applies to the GF1. The big difference is the GF1 is smaller, the G1 doesn't do video, the GH1 can do 1080P, the GF1 does not come with a Electronic View FInder, the GF1 separate EVF is not in the same league with the G1 and GH1, and finally, the GF1 does not have an articulated screen like the G1 and GH1 do.

GF1 vs GH1 vs G1 vs Olympus PEN E-P1 vs Canon G11 (Not yet released)



Smallest camera in the world with DSLR performance
Blazing focus performance
Great Picture Quality
HD 720P video capability
Compatibility with nearly every lens every made including Leica, Nikon, Canon, etc (you do need to purchase an adaptor to do this and you do lose auto focus in most instances)
Great Handling

No built in EVF (add on not in the same league as G1 and GH1)
Live View screen not articulated
Hard to find
Only Black in the US

Who's it for?: Anyone who want to have a small compact and lightweight camera that packs the performance and features of DSLR. It does nice video but not nearly as well as the GH1.

Panasonic DMC-GH1 12MP Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera with 1080p HD Video


Blazing focus performance
Great Picture Quality
HD 1080P video capability
Compatibility with nearly every lens every made including Leica, Nikon, Canon, etc (you do need to purchase an adaptor to do this and you do lose auto focus in most instances)
Best EVF seen to date
Awesome articulated Live View screen
Best Implementation of video in a "stills" camera
Great Handling

Hard to find
Only Black in the US

Who's it for?: Anyone looking to have a camera that takes great still images and has best seen to date video integration in one package. Larger than the GF1 but worth it if you are serious about your video.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 12.1MP Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS Lens (Blue)


Blazing focus performance
Great Picture Quality
Compatibility with nearly every lens every made including Leica, Nikon, Canon, etc (you do need to purchase an adaptor to do this and you do lose auto focus in most instances)
Best EVF seen to date
Awesome articulated Live View screen
Great Handling
Cheaper than GH1, GF1, and E-P!

No Video

Who's it for?: Anyone who wants an all around great stills camera and wants to save money by not paying for video features.

Olympus PEN E-P1 12.3 MP Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8 Lens and Viewfinder (Silver)


Small Size
Great Picture Quality
HD 720P video capability
Compatibility with nearly every lens every made including Leica, Nikon, Canon, etc (you do need to purchase an adaptor to do this and you do lose auto focus in most instances)
Image Stabilization(IS) built into the camera not the lens (it makes no IS lenses into IS lenses!)
Styling of the camera has Cache. (I personally prefer the GF1 but there are a lot of people commenting on how nice the PEN looks)

Abysmal focus performance (worse than most point and shoot cameras)
No flash
Incredibly poor low res live view screen (The GF1 has twice the resolution as the E-P1)

(I would really only recommend this camera to someone who has lenses from other systems that is looking to make them Image Stabilized and is willing to manually focus them.)

Who's it for? Anyone who wants to have a small compact and lightweight camera with great image quality, are not concerned about focus speed/flash and want to use the in camera IS to stabilize non-IS lenses.

Canon PowerShot G11 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch articulating LCD

Note: This camera has not been release in the US yet. It was released on 2 Oct in Japan and I got to test it a couple times since then.

Smaller Size than any other camera listed here
All in one package and lens (28-140MM) no need to buy other lenses
Decent detail retention up to ISO 800 (up from ISO 200 for the G10)
Optical View Finder
Articulated Live View Screen
1/2000 flash sync speed!
Built in flash
Built in ND filter on Lens
Relatively Inexpensive

IQ not in the same league as m4/3 cameras
No HD movies (640x480 is the largest movie format)
Can't swap lenses (this is both a plus and minus and there are modifiers you can put on to make the lens "wider" or "longer")
Small Sensor (1/1.7 sensor is only 43 square mm compared to 225 for the m43. This usually equates to poor ISO performance all thing being equal. It seems Canon has figured out how to make things not equal. However, if shallow depth of fields are your thing then look elsewhere.)
Construction quality as good as the G10 (No longer built from metal. Some people may list that as a pro.)

Who's it for? Anyone who wants more portable camera than any other listed here while still keeping many professional features and is willing to sacrifice a bit on IQ for an all-in-one package with nothing else to buy.


The Panasonic GF1 is a fantastic camera and the first to deliver on the promise of a compact camera with DSLR performance and image quality. It obviously has places in which it can improve. However, for the current state-of-the-art, this camera is the best performing small camera available. Panasonic's contrast detect autofocus has raised the bar and no more excuses can be made for this type of autofocus system. (It probably heralds the extinction of the DSLR) Based around this, Panasonic has engineered the worlds first compact camera with "DSLR" level performance and has created an outstanding stills camera with good HD video camera capabilities. It's a great time to be a photographer!
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2009 8:14:42 AM PDT
Carol Stee says:
An informative review, well-written. You know a lot about photography and would be a good teacher on the subject. But I am disappointed that you published exactly the same review for this camera with a 20 mm f/1.7 lens as you did for the version with the 14-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens because I learned nothing new.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 10:28:08 AM PDT

Thanks for the excellent review.

I am confused about which lens to go with if I choose the GF 1 - it seems that you get an either or choice but not both. Can you help?

I am new to photography and I am trying to make the step up from simple point and shoots (I currently have a Canon PS A40 which is almost 8 years old) so that I can explore more my creativity. I do enjoy a zoom-in feature for spontaneous portraits and wide angle for landscapes but I have a Sony HC1000 camcorder and I really dislike lugging around the bulk! I really want the best that fits easily into a pocket so that I can learn to take amazing photos easily without being drowned in technical data.

With that said, I am hearing some very positive sounds about the new Canon S 90 from a couple of my prpfessional photographer friends - have you had a look at it yet over there in Japan? What do you think? I am also considering the Canon G11 and the Olympus EP-1 - well I will consider the EP-2 now that I know that it is coming out in November 2009.

Thanks & regards


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2009 9:40:02 PM PDT
shuTTL3bus says:
Hi Carol and thank you for your comments. I was kind of surprised that since this is the same camera but with a different lens that Amazon did not just tie the reviews over. I see them often do that for other items.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2009 10:27:55 PM PDT
shuTTL3bus says:
Hi Didier and thanks for you comments. You pose some meaning-of-life type questions that only you can really answer. I will try to give you some useful points for you to consider.

1) The GF1 is a changeable lens system so you can purchase either GF1 and then pay ~$399 for the other lens. Or ~$1100 for the 7-14mm ultra wide angle lens. Or ~$899 for the 45mm macro. You could also get an adaptor and buy and use manual focus Leica lenses. So you are not locked into any lens. As far as the kit lenses go. I like the 20mm f/1.7. However, my style of shooting is generally shallow depth of field(DOF) to shooting. With how small the m4/3 sensor is compared to FX and DX you need as large of an aperture as you can get for shallow DOF. This requires a "fast" lens. Also, a big part of the reason for getting the GF1 is due to its small size. If you are going to put the zoom on then it is really starts to lose it portability. I have a 50mm f/1.4 for my D700 and that lens only leaves my camera when I am doing specialized shooting like portraits (70-200), sports (70-200), etc. The 50mm is what I use for candids and for spontaneous portraits and it works great. The 50mm also served many generations of photo journalists. The only real benefit of the 14-45mm zoom is its ability to go wide(though 28mm is not all that wide) and to be able to change the frame without moving. If you only want one lens then this is a trade off you have to decide for yourself.

2) Wow now that is the real crux of everything isn't it. Something small and light with good performance. P+S are small and fit in the pocket but have relatively poor IQ and slow speed. DSLRs have great IQ but are big and bulky. Now you have the GF1 that is smaller than a DSLR with IQ as good as some DSLRs. But it still doesn't really fit into a shirt of jean pocket. There is also the Leica D-LUX4 (Panasonic LX3) that is smaller yet but without the performance or IQ of the GF1. There is the Sigma DP2, the new Leica X1, Canon G11 or Canon S90, or Olympus EP-1 or E-P2. I don't know about the Canon S90 because it was not out here last time I checked but none of the cameras I mentioned really fits in a shirt or jeans pocket. However, some of them are small and light enough to be on a wrist strap or a belt camera holder. The other comment I will make is that all the cameras I have mentioned have a "smart" mode that will do most of the technical work for you. However, some of them have the ability to manually set up the camera (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, color balance, flash, etc) as you get more technically proficient. When I am just walking around I keep my camera in P mode (auto aperture and shutter) so that I am ready for anything. If I have time on the photo then I switch to Aperture priority or Shutter priority. If I am working with flash, I often go directly to Manual mode. What this means is that you can "learn" on any of these cameras and as you get better you can explore more features.

3) The Canon S90 is not out here yet so I really haven't seen its size. I am guessing that it will be close to the Panasonic LX3 which means that it won't be that "pocketable" either. It has the same sensor as the G11 and a faster F2.0 lens (f2.8 for the G11). However, it lacks an optical view finder and a flash hot shoe. The G11/S90 sensor is a nice sensor and takes great photos. However, the IQ is noticeably not as good as m4/3 or DX or FX sensors even at on screen resolutions. That doesn't mean you can't take award winning pictures with these or that you can't learn with them. It is actually very impressive what Canon has achieved with such a small sensor.

4) I don't know how much money you have but if money is no object the Leica X1 for ~$2000 fits most of your description. It is small, has a great sensor (DX size), a relatively fast lens (f/2.8) and has a very simple get out of your way menu system and controls. However, the trade off is the expense and larger size. But when it releases it will be the smallest camera with a DX size sensor. If the auto focus performance is decent this could be a really nice camera. Oh did I mention expensive.

Didier, the biggest thing you will learn as you learn more about photography is that is all about trade offs. Do you want speed, be prepared for the weight. Do you want ultimate IQ, pre-prepared for the expense. Do you want ultimate portability, be prepared for the hit to IQ and performance. The other thing you will learn is that, while having a camera with great speed and IQ is a great help in making great photos, it is the photographer that works the framing, the lighting, etc. A great photographer can make great photographs with just about anything you give him or her.

So here is my recommendation. Make a list of what is important to you. Speed, IQ, Expense, Size, All-in-one, Features. Then rack and stack them from what you find most important to least important. Based on that list, make your selection.

One final point, if you were planning on spending $899 for the GF1 then you could get 2 $450 cameras for the same price.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2009 6:11:52 AM PDT
shuTTL3bus says:
Hi Carol

One other thing. I do tailor the reviews in the comments. I just posted a comment on the other review that had tons of great info packed into it. Also, if there is anything specific you would like to ask feel free.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2009 8:03:10 AM PDT
Wow - you are an island of excellence in an ocean of mediocrity. Thanks Brady for the generosity of your time and knowledge in helping me with my decision.

I now have a better understanding of the trade-off and I will go with your suggestion of creating a matrix - the answer will emerge from there.

While budget is not a concern - notwithstanding that the Leica looks impressive, it is tremendously expensive for what it is. At that price, it just makes sense to transition directly to SLR and bypass this transitional phase. I am not ready to make that leap due to my current ignorance of the technicals of photography.

I fully understand that it is the photographer that makes the photo and not the camera - friends have told me that I choreograph my photos very well - I am looking for a camera that can translate what I see into a stunning photo by capturing the colors, depth and perspective around me that constantly has me reaching for a camera to record that moment. I often do it with my Canon PS 40 but to be honest, the image quality is not as good as I want - even though I photoshop them. Also, speed is important as often what I see is fleeting - as I am sure you know.

The GF 1 still tops my list with the pancake lens. With that said, I am curious about your final point - which 2 camera's would you buy for the same price in order of preference and why?

Best regards,


Posted on Oct 7, 2009 9:27:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2009 9:28:27 AM PDT
Michael says:
Excellent Review! I have a D300 and my favorite lenses are my Sigma 30 1.4 & Nikon 85 1.4. However all that is really big & heavy and I rarely take it out of the house. Hence my interest in the GF1. Ideally I'd get the 20 1.7 & 45 2.8 which would be roughly requivalent to my primes for my D300. And maybe the 14-140 for a 1 lens walkaround solution. Only problem is all that adds up to quite a bit of money. I'm curious if you use your GF1 a lot instead of your Nikon, and if you think the novelty will wear off.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2009 7:16:40 AM PDT
shuTTL3bus says:
Hi Didier,

Thank you for your comments. I think the GF1 is a good choice because with the pancake lens you can fit it in an incredibly small camera bag and sling it on your shoulder.

As far as the final comment goes. You could get a Nikon D40 for $469 from B+H and a Canon S90 for $429. That equals $898. Or you could get the G11 and Canon S90. The nikon is not a small as the GF1 and it doesn't do video. But it is a very capable camera that is a great learning camera (lots of help features). Some people may scoff at it 6mp but that makes the file sizes smaller, the photo sites bigger. Both my wife and I enjoy shooting the D40. These are just comparisons. The GF1 is a great camera with a smaller size, weight, and it does video. If you don't need video, then you might want to consider other options like the G1 - $639 (with a grip and great EVF). or the D40 that I mentioned. Just some thoughts.

Just as a way of comparison, I canceled my order for the GF1 and I instead purchased the GH1. After really playing around with them both, the GH1 is not that much bigger (It is only slightly thicker than the GF1, It has the EVF poking out of the top, and It has a hand grip. However, when the 20mm lens is installed it sticks out further than the handgrip.) The funny thing about cameras like the GF1 or Leica etc is that many people buy grips so they can hold them one handed. Also, many people buy either an external optical view finder or EVF. The add on EVF for the GF1 is no where near as good as the one on the GH1. I had a hard time manually focusing with it. Also, that is an extra bit you have to tote around and it can get lost or broken).

Here are the reasons I chose the GH1. 1) I plan to shoot movies quite a bit. While the GF1 has a very good HD video set up, the GH1 is in a class of its own. 2) I plan to use manual focus lenses. Therefore, I want the best EVF to be able to focus. 3) I often tote around a D700 which is a large and heavy camera. The GH1 is tiny in comparison and with the 20mm lens on it, I can fit it in a very small camera bag that I can tote around everywhere.

The GF1 is a great camera and both price wise and feature wise it fits nicely in between the G1 and the GH1. If I had unlimited resources I would own both the GF1 and the GH1 but unfortunately I don't so I had to make a hard choice. The GF1 has more features than the G1 and less than the GH1. However, it has something neither the G1 or GH1 has and that is ultimately small size. For me, that wasn't the driving force. For me the GH1 is the better camera. For others the GF1 is the better camera. This is what I was talking about in terms of figuring out which compromises make sense for you and why only you can figure out which camera you want/need.

Good hunting, good shooting, and I know you will enjoy whatever you get.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2009 8:01:54 AM PDT
My thanks again Brady - you are a star.


Posted on Oct 9, 2009 8:12:27 AM PDT
P. Card says:
Great review. With the pancake lens one could argue that the GF1 can be used in the same situations as the Lumix LX3. How would you compare the two?
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