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Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH

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At about $12795, the Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH offers a breathtaking price point with a rendering style one hopes to offer a unique rendering to match. It’s out of my price range, but I’m looking forward to getting one to shoot and review. The loaner request is in, but when it will arrive, I just do not know.

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.25 to f/16
  • 2 Aspherical Elements
  • One Anomalous Partial/Low Dispersion Glass, all other elements of low chromatic dispersion glasses
  • Floating Elements System
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8'
  • Filter Thread: 67mm
  • 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Built-In Extendable Lens Hood

It looks that Leica has gone all-out on the optical design, hence the stratospheric price.

It’s a beautiful lens (I always did like my 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH) and given the 75mm focal length, might actually perform reasonably well adapted to Sony since ray angle issues will be minimal (see in MTF terms how ray angle destroys performance of wider lenses).

Its specifications state that it comes with a tripod adapter, so that might solve the tripod and lens mount stress issue (“A tripod adapter is included to facilitate easy and secure use of this lens when shooting from a tripod.”). Leica’s weight limit for M bodies to avoid lens mount stress is around 700 grams, and it easily exceeds that limit.

Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH
Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH
Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH
Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH
Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH
Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH

Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH

Leading the way in F1.4 brightness

Rivaled in speed only by its legendary 50mm sibling, the Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH. from Leica is a high-speed portrait-length prime characterized by its ability to isolate subject matter, render subjects in a unique way, and perform admirably in low-light conditions.

Beyond the wide maximum aperture, this 75mm f/1.25 is also distinguished by its sophisticated optical composition that solely utilizes anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion glass to suppress color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity. Two aspherical elements are also featured to ensure notable sharpness and low dispersion, and a floating element system is employed at the rear of the design to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range from 2.8' to infinity.

Additionally, this lens has an 11-blade diaphragm to produce an especially pleasing, rounded bokeh quality and a built-in lens hood helps to prevent lens flare and ghosting.

  • Extremely fast f/1.25 maximum aperture affords notable control over depth of field for selective focus shooting, and also benefits working handheld in low-light conditions.
  • Short-telephoto 75mm focal length offers a slightly compressed image quality that is well-suited to portraiture and close-up images, especially when used in conjunction with the shallow depth of field afforded by the bright maximum aperture.
  • Nine elements in six groups optical design is comprised entirely of anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion glasses in order to significantly reduce color fringing and produce imagery with a high degree of clarity.
  • Two large-diameter aspherical elements are also used to control spherical aberrations for improved sharpness and reduced distortion.
  • A rear floating element system is employed to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, even at the minimum focusing distance of 2.8'.
  • An 11-blade diaphragm produces a rounded and pleasing bokeh quality.
  • Built-in extendable lens hood shades and protects the front element to reduce lens flare and ghosting. Additionally, the front of the lens is threaded to accept 67mm screw-in filters.
  • A tripod adapter is included to facilitate easy and secure use of this lens when shooting from a tripod.

Specifications

As per Leica.

Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH
Focal length: 75mm
Aperture scale: f/1.25 - f/16
Diaphragm blades: 11 blades
Number of elements/groups: 9 elements in 6 groups
all elements are anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion glasses
2 aspheric elements
Focusing range: 2.8 ft / 85 cm
Angular field: 32°
Image ratio at close range:            1:8.8
Filter thread: 67mm
Weight, nominal: 2.3 lb / 1055 g
Dimensions: 2.9 x L: 3.6 in / 74.0 x L: 91.0 mm
List price: about $12995
Includes Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH Lens
Metal Front Lens Cap
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Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

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The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art debuts in June 2018, and is available for Nikon, Canon, Sigma SA, and Sony mirrorless for about $1599. It offers very high lens speed at the 105mm focal length while claiming outstanding performance.

  • Full-frame for Nikon, Canon, Sigma SA and Sony mirrorless.
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Removable Rotating Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

The Sigma 105/1.4A looks like another effort from Sigma that sets the new standard among autofocus lenses, both for lens speed and performance. Indeed, it may be the best effort yet among the Sigma Art lens line. Quite possibly this will be an “Otus grade” lens. The very large 105mm front element surely serves more purposes than just keeping vignetting minimal.

I’m looking forward to shooting the new Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, which should become available in mid-June, first for Nikon and Canon with a Sony mirrorless version coming later. Sigma states that the optics are identical.

Since I’ll be testing it in Nikon mount, I’ll be reviewing it in diglloyd Advanced Photography; late when the Sony version arrives I may give it a go on Sony.

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Leading the way in F1.4 brightness

The flagship of the F1.4 Art series—

Since introducing its first SIGMA Global Vision F1.4 lens in 2012, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA has been adding wide-aperture F1.4 options to the lineup. Now, with the introduction of the new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA offers a total of nine lenses with F1.4 brightness, including six for full-frame cameras and three for APS-C cameras.

SIGMA has designed all of these lenses to offer minimal optical aberration and deliver incredible resolution and stunning contrast. Boasting the longest focal length of the F1.4 Art line lenses, the new lens combines outstanding resolution with a beautiful bokeh effect. Designed with great care to ensure that both the in-focus and out-of-focus areas of the photograph are equally satisfying to the eye, this lens is truly a “bokeh master.”

The SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art has earned its place as the flagship of the F1.4 Art line lenses, prioritizing image quality above all to fulfill the promise of the line, delivering truly amazing optical performance.

Optical performance TBD, but is expected to be extremely high, as with the Sigma 135mm f/1.8A.

Specifications

In what might be a first, Sigma has built in the dovetail required for mounting in a Arca-Type clamp (tripod head). Kudos to Sigma; this is something I’ve been noting for years as really dumb from Nikon and Canon and Sony.

Nominal except as noted. Sigma offers a 3-year warranty extension on top of the 1 year warranty for USA users—excellent, at least if one is in the USA.

The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism.

Specifications for Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Focal length: 105mm
Aperture scale: f/1.4 - f/16
Diaphragm blades: 9 blades, rounded
Number of elements/groups: 17 elements in 12 groups
3 FLD and 2 SLD elements, rear aspherical element
Focusing range: 100cm / 39.4in
Angular field: 23.3°
Image ratio at close range:            1:8.3
Filter thread: 105mm
Weight, nominal: 1,645g / 58oz
Dimensions: 115.9 × 131.5㎜ / 4.6 5.2in
List price: about $1599
Includes LH927-02 Lens Hood
Lens Case [Sigma’s cases are the best of any manufacturer,and included]
Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty
Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Warranty Extension

Description

As per Sigma’s Feb 2017 announcement.

SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

Leading the way in F1.4 brightness

The flagship of the F1.4 Art series: Since introducing its first SIGMA Global Vision F1.4 lens in 2012, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA has been adding wide-aperture F1.4 options to the lineup. Now, with the introduction of the new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA offers a total of nine lenses with F1.4 brightness, including six for full-frame cameras and three for APS-C cameras.

SIGMA has designed all of these lenses to offer minimal optical aberration and deliver incredible resolution and stunning contrast. Boasting the longest focal length of the F1.4 Art line lenses, the new lens combines outstanding resolution with a beautiful bokeh effect. Designed with great care to ensure that both the in-focus and out-of-focus areas of the photograph are equally satisfying to the eye, this lens is truly a “bokeh master.”

The SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art has earned its place as the flagship of the F1.4 Art line lenses, prioritizing image quality above all to fulfill the promise of the line, delivering truly amazing optical performance.

Optical system delivering unsurpassed F1.4 performance

Ideal for portrait and astro photographies In order to combine outstanding wide-aperture, mid-telephoto performance with F1.4 brightness at maximum aperture, this lens incorporates 17 optical elements in 12 groups—an uncommonly large number of elements for a prime lens. By including three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements, and one aspherical lens element, the optical system minimizes axial chromatic aberration to deliver extremely high resolution along with ample peripheral light volume. The area in focus is extremely sharp, while the area out of focus features a beautiful bokeh effect with highly natural colors, making this lens a powerful choice for portrait photography. The optical system also minimizes sagittal coma flare, making this lens excellent for capturing starry skies.

Exceptional peripheral brightness

The most effective method of ensuring ample light is to maximize the diameter of the first element of the optical system. With its large filter diameter of 105mm, the SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art delivers a significantly greater volume of peripheral light than other lenses in its class. Minimizing vignetting while offering a beautiful bokeh effect, this lens is ideal for portrait photography. 

Exclusive low-dispersion glass

The degree to which light is refracted by glass depends on the light's wavelength. This fact causes different colors of light to focus at slightly different points. The result is chromatic aberration, the color fringing that is particularly noticeable in telephoto lenses. Most chromatic aberration can be removed by combining a high-refractivity convex lens element with a low-refractivity concave element. Yet residual chromatic aberration known as “secondary spectrum” may still remain.

To minimize this secondary spectrum, which can be a serious issue with conventional lenses, SIGMA lenses feature up to three types of exclusive low-dispersion glass offering superior performance: ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion), SLD (Special Low Dispersion) and FLD (“F” Low Dispersion). In particular, FLD glass offers ultra-low dispersion in combination with high transmittance and the anomalous dispersion characteristics of fluorite. Meticulous deployment of these types of exclusive low-dispersion glass and optimization of power distribution gives SIGMA lenses superlative image rendition undiminished by residual chromatic aberration.

Designed to minimize flare and ghosting

From an early stage in the lens design process, flare and ghosting have been measured to establish an optical design resistant to strong incident light sources such as backlighting. SIGMA’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting to help photographers produce sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions. The included lens hood can be attached to block out extraneous light, which can have a negative effect on rendering performance.

Compatible with Canon Lens Aberration Correction

The Canon mount version of this lens is compatible with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function.* Matching the optical characteristics of the lens, this function performs in-camera corrections of peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, distortion, and more, to further enhance image quality. * Function not available on all Canon cameras. Available corrections may vary depending on the Canon camera model.

Professional specifications

Allowing photographers to work in all types of weather Like SIGMA’s Sports line lenses (Move to our YouTube page), the 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art features a highly effective dust- and splash-proof structure with special sealing at the mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring, and cover connection, allowing photographers to work in all types of weather. In addition, the front of the lens is protected by a water- and oil-repellent coating that makes cleaning easy. The high-speed, high-accuracy autofocus helps photographers react in an instant to get those special shots.

Ease-of-use specifications

Instead of conventional ABS plastic, the exclusive lens hood features CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic), a light but strong material used in the interior and exterior fittings of aircraft, among many other applications. The removable Arca-Swiss tripod socket is compatible with Arca-Swiss platforms and clamps, and its exclusive protective cover makes the lens easier to carry and use when shooting hand-held.

Fast AF with full-time manual focus

Full-time manual focus function allows the lens to be switched to manual focus simply by rotating the focus ring.

High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount

The brass mount combines high precision with rugged construction. Its treated surfaces and enhanced strength contribute to the exceptional durability of the lens.

Rounded diaphragm

The 9-blade rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur in the out-of-focus areas of the image.

Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11*

SIGMA and Canon mount lenses Mount Converter MC-11 allows you to use your SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA EOS mount (Canon-compatible) interchangeable lenses with the Sony E-mount camera body.

Compatible with full-frame Sony E-mount cameras

he version of this lens compatible with Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras contains the same optical system as for SLRs. SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 is not required, as the lens performs the same functions as the converter, including in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction. In addition, the lens is compatible with Sony’s Continuous AF, which is not addressed by MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11. SIGMA plans to offer over time Sony E-mount versions of every full-frame prime lens currently available in the Art line, from 14mm to 135mm.

SIGMA USB DOCK makes customization and flexible adjustment possible*

* Not available for Sony E-mount lens

SIGMA USB DOCK for SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lenses (optional) . With the optional SIGMA USB DOCK, you can update your lens firmware and adjust the focus position and other settings. Simply connect the lens to the SIGMA USB DOCK and the dock to a computer to use the dedicated SIGMA Optimization Pro software and perform various types of customization and adjustment.

Available for the Mount Conversion Service that enables lenses to be long term assets (charges apply)

Continue using your favorite lens with a different camera body. An experienced lens manufacturer offering a diverse range of interchangeable lenses, SIGMA provides the innovative Mount Conversion Service, in which we change the mount of a lens in one of our new product lines to another mount of your choice (charges apply). This service can give new life to your favorite lenses when you wish to use them with a different camera body.

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 19mm: Snake Tracks On Rippled Dunes

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This series is about the overall visual impact first, sharpness second. It also discusses and shows field curvature particularly well.

In my review of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art:

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 19mm: Snake Tracks On Rippled Dunes

Includes up to full resolution images from f/2.8 through f/13, plus a black and white rendition at f/2.8.

This series and others are important to understanding how to get the best out of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art, just as my review coverage of the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art was and is. A lens can be bought and used, but unless its behavior is understood, sub-optimal results are virtually guaranteed on 36/42/45/50 megapixels even with the best lenses. That is one goal I strive for in my reviews, which aim for practical working knowledge.

Toggle for black and white version.

Rattlesnake Tracks On Rippled Dunes, Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park
f2.8 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 31; 2018-03-31 06:13:23
NIKON D850 + Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art @ 19mm

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Rattlesnake Tracks On Rippled Dunes, Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park
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NIKON D850 + Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art @ 19mm

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Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 23mm: Sandy Wash in Side Canyon, Zion

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Confirming conclusions about lens performance is best done by shooting numerous scenes and seeing that all is in accord. The less than satisfying performance seen in Across the Canyon View of Checkerboard Mesa at 22mm is here evaluated at 23mm in a more complex 3D scene, to rule out field curvature as an explanation for the disappointing results.

In my review of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art:

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 23mm: Sandy Wash in Side Canyon, Zion

Includes up to full resolution images from f/2.8 through f/11 plus a 3-frame focus stack at f/9.

It is important when testing a zoom to test it across the zoom range, and also with near focus and far focus. I am not nearly so happy with performance at 22mm as at 14mm.

This series and others are important to understanding how to get the best out of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art, just as my review coverage of the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art was and is. A lens can be bought and used, but unless its behavior is understood, sub-optimal results are virtually guaranteed on 36/42/45/50 megapixels even with the best lenses. That is one goal I strive for in my reviews, which aim for practical working knowledge.

Sandy Wash in Side Canyon, Zion
f9 @ 1/160 sec, ISO 64; 2018-04-18 09:54:28 [focus stack 3 frames]
NIKON D850 + Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art @ 23mm

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Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 22mm: Across the Canyon View of Checkerboard Mesa

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Published in my review of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art, this aperture series looks at far-field sharpness at 22mm from f/2.8 through f/9: can the lens make a sharp image across the field, at least when stopped down a bit?

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 22mm: Across the Canyon View of Checkerboard Mesa

Includes full resolution images from f/2.8 through f/9.

It is important when testing a zoom to test it across the zoom range, and also with near focus and far focus. I am not nearly so happy with performance at 22mm as at 14mm.

This series and others are important to understanding how to get the best out of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art, just as my review coverage of the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art was and is. A lens can be bought and used, but unless its behavior is understood, sub-optimal results are virtually guaranteed on 36/42/45/50 megapixels even with the best lenses. That is one goal I strive for in my reviews, which aim for practical working knowledge.

“Home” lies below—my silver Mecedes Sprinter Photography Adventure van. The day was a bit of a struggle still being concussed, but by moving slowly and with long experience, I made my way up a class 4 slope to take this image. This eastern section of Zion makes a fantastic bike ride.

Checkerboard Mesa, Zion National Park
f6.3 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 64; 2018-04-18 15:23:30
NIKON D850 + Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art @ 22mm

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Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 17mm: Cracked Mud Patterns in Sand Dunes to Distant Peaks at Sunrise

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Published in my review of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art is a look at performance at 17mm, the middle of the zoom range; it has distinctly different behavior than at 14mm:

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 14mm: Cracked Mud Patterns in Sand Dunes to Distant Peaks at Sunrise

Includes full resolution images from f/2.8 through f/13, plus a 3-frame focus stack at f/8.

This series and others are important to understanding how to get the best out of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art, just as my review coverage of the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art was and is. A lens can be bought and used, but unless its behavior is understood, sub-optimal results are virtually guaranteed on 36/42/45/50 megapixels even with the best lenses. That is one goal I strive for in my reviews, which aim for practical working knowledge.

Cracked mud patterns amid sand dunes around sunrise, Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park
f8 @ 1/80 sec, ISO 31; 2018-03-31 06:28:24 [focus stack 3 frames]
NIKON D850 + Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art @ 17mm

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For iMac Pro deals, 32GB memory and 1TB SSD will serve most users very well, and 8 cores are the sweet spot for price/performance.

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Following up on my May 17 post which apparently generated some hubbub, I spoke at length yesterday with a Panasonic USA representative who assures me that Panasonic *does* repair lenses past the warranty period.

Here is the statement from Panasonic USA in Newark, NJ as of today:

First and most importantly, Panasonic Lumix repairs its lenses and cameras, whether they are within the warranty period or beyond it.

Certain lenses can only be serviced by our lens factory in Japan due to the equipment and expertise that is required. Any repair that deems the lens to be disassembled requires that mechanical and optical alignment need to be done. The time required time to disassemble, repair, reassemble and align the lens is a very manual process that can take several hours. A final decision as to if the lens can be repaired comes only after it’s been disassembled and evaluated. For these reasons, parts for the lens were never made available to 3rd party servicers who are not capable of servicing the lens.

For a professional photographer, time is money. The turnaround time to have a lens serviced in Japan was far too long, so from day one we decided that a lens received for qualified in warranty service would be replaced with a factory recertified lens. These lenses go through the factory assembly line and receive the same calibration and inspection as new units receive. Using this system our in-house turnaround in Texas is typically 2-3 days from delivery, often faster. In consideration of all of the above, an out of warranty repair may also be done by replacing the lens with a recertified lens.

DIGLLOYD: note that companies like Leica and Zeiss also cannot repair certain lenses in the USA; they have to go to Germany

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Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 14mm: Sand Dunes Junction

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Published in my review of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art is a look at performance at 14mm:

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 14mm: Sand Dunes Junction, Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley

Includes full resolution images from f/2.8 through f/13, plus a 4-frame focus stack at f/8 along with commentary on depth of field challenges and lens performance. Series presented in color, but also with a full resolution black and white rendition of the focus-stacked image.

If you’re a landscape photographer and are looking for a zoom in this range, I recommend nabbing the about $1299 Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art. It offers tremendous performance at a very low price (relatively speaking). It makes a terrific 14mm prime lens, with a bonus feature of zooming to 24mm!

This series and others are important to understanding how to get the best out of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art, just as my review coverage of the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art was and is. A lens can be bought and used, but unless its behavior is understood, sub-optimal results are virtually guaranteed on 36/42/45/50 megapixels even with the best lenses. That is one goal I strive for in my reviews, which aim for practical working knowledge.

Junction of 3 Sand Dune Ridges, Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park
f8 @ 1/100 sec, ISO 64; 2018-03-31 06:40:47 [focus stack 4 frames]
NIKON D850 + Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art @ 14mm

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Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 14mm: Checkerboard Mesa, Zion

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Published in my review of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art is a look at performance at 14mm:

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 14mm: Checkerboard Mesa, Zion

Includes full resolution images from f/2.8 through f/11.

The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art shows itself to be a very strong contender in this series, but also an outstanding value at about $1299. That Sigma can deliver this kind of performance for that price is a testament to very advanced and cost-effective engineering. That it can deliver satifying imagery on 45 megapixels (Nikon D850) is impressive. I’d like to have it in my bag; it was very convienient shooting in the sand dunes where I am loathe to change lenses (or carry them at the time, still being concussed).

This series and others are important to understanding how to get the best out of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art, just as my review coverage of the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art was and is. A lens can be bought and used, but unless its behavior is understood, sub-optimal results are virtually guaranteed on 36/42/45/50 megapixels even with the best lenses. That is one goal I strive for in my reviews, which aim for practical working knowledge.

Muddy pools of rainwater, Checkerboard Mesa, Zion National Park
f6.3 @ 1/400 sec, ISO 64; 2018-04-18 10:15:02
NIKON D850 + Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art @ 14mm

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The Nikon D850 and the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art make a fine pairing for black and white photography.

Muddy pools of rainwater, Checkerboard Mesa, Zion National Park
f11 @ 1/125 sec, ISO 64; 2018-04-18 10:15:18
NIKON D850 + Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art @ 14mm

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Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 20mm: Flowering Creosote Bush in Sand Dunes, Figure on Dune

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Published in my review of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art is a look at performance at 20mm:

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Aperture Series @ 20mm: Flowering Creosote Bush in Sand Dunes, Figure on Dune

Includes full resolution images from f/2.8 through f/13 along with commentary that I think users of this lens should find very useful in making optimally sharp images.

Covers bokeh and color correction also.

I like the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art, and I think it is not only a very strong contender, but an outstanding value at about $1299. That Sigma can deliver this kind of performance for that price is a testament to very advanced and cost-effective engineering. That it can deliver satifying imagery on 45 megapixels (Nikon D850) is impressive. Put another way, if my budget wasn’t strained so tightly, I’d want to have it in my bag.

That said, this series and others are important to understanding how to get the best out of the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art, just as my review coverage of the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art was and is. A lens can be bought and used, but unless its behavior is understood, sub-optimal results are virtually guaranteed on 36/42/45/50 megapixels even with the best lenses. That is one goal I strive for in my reviews, which are not comparable to lab tests.

What to do when dunes are heavily tracked with footprints? Chill out and do something different—I like the human figure here. Especially when concussed and having gotten up at 4 AM to drive over miles of washboard dirt road from Cottonwood Canyon, I wasn’t prepared to carry a lot of gear or hike fast and far. About half a mile out could be found a small herd of photographers where the dunes are little-tracked, each spaced a hundred yards or so apart!

Flowering Creosote Brush at Mesquite Dunes, Figure on Sand Dune, Death Valley National Park
f2.8 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 64; 2018-03-31 05:40:05
NIKON D850 + Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art @ 20mm

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FOR SALE: Lloyd’s Own Lenses: Zeiss, Leica, Voigtlander, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Rodenstock, Schneider

I’d rather just keep a growing collection, but that’s just not feasible, for both space and financial reasons—I constantly have to be working with the newest lenses for my publications. There is no ROI (return on investment) for lenses that I rarely or ever need for my publications. Plus the ongoing insurance costs are negative ROI, plus I have to buy certain new gear each year. It’s time to clean house on some very good lenses.

  • All lenses here are “good samples” as far as my testing has determined; I never keep bad samples.
  • Nearly all are with original box and packaging (all that stuff up in the attic, I never throw away boxes).
  • My reputation is more important to me than any sale. I would never knowingly sell any gear with an issue. It’s that simple—just not worth it. Local buyers welcome to inspect firsthand.
  • All my glass tends to be pristine. If I see any kind of optical marring, I will note it prior to final sale.
  • Please note that new lenses have dust inside! Used lenses always have some dust, even after a week or two of use. NONE of my gear has ever gone to Burning Man or anything 1/10 that extreme.
  • Overseas is just too much of a hassle, but if payment is made I can hold a lens until buyer visits my area.

LNIB = Like New in Box

Payment as agreed upon. Buyer pays FedEx 3 day shipping and buyer is responsible for California sales tax, if applicable. Local inspection/pickup if you are close to Palo Alto, CA.

Nikon mount

All Nikon lenses are original USA models—no gray market. Zeiss sales are because I have the Milvus replacements for the lenses I’m selling. These are all excellent samples, some particularly so.

Canon mount

The following Zeiss lenses for Canon are for sale because I almost always shoot Nikon and I have them all for Nikon:

Olympus

Leica

All Leica lenses are original USA models—no gray market.

Rodenstock and Schneider view camera lenses

All on Linhof Technikardan lens boards, copal shutters.

  • FOR SALE Rodenstock 135mm f/5.6 APO-Sironar-S Copal shutter + Linhof Technikardan lens board $1200 PRISTINE
  • FOR SALE Schneider 400mm f/5.6 APO-TELE-XENAR Copal shutter+ Linhof Technikardan lens board $1500 PRISTINE
  • FOR SALE Linhof Tecknikdan 4 X 5 View camera with quickload holders and various mounting boards $500
Up to 1527MB/s sustained performance

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Aperture Series: Stand of White Aspen

Get Zeiss Loxia at B&H Photo and see my Sony mirrorless wish list.

This aperture series looks at near-to-far performance with a very difficult scene to capture with much detail (depth of field). Accordingly, a 4-frame focus stacked image is included for comparison (using Zerene Stacker).

It also is a good way to take a look at bokeh and secondary color.

In my review of the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4:

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Aperture Series: Stand of White Aspen

Series includes full resolution images from f/2.4 through f/16 at up to full resolution plus a 4-frame focus stack at f/11 to show just how limited depth of field is, even at f/16.

These aspen seem to be affected by some kind of disease which makes them weep from knots on the trunk. It might be drought stress from some very dry years.

Stand of White Aspen
f2.4 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 100; 2018-04-22 12:32:11
Sony A7R III + ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25

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Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 STF Aperture Series: Storm Clouds Over Kolob Canyons Peaks (Sony A7R III)

Get Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 STF at B&H Photo and see my Sony mirrorless wish list.

The about $699 Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus offers fast lens speed with an apodization element for ultra smooth bokeh. At f/2, its light transmission is T/3.2.

Lenses aiming for similar special effects include the Sony 100mm f/2.8 STF, the Nikon 105mm f/2 DC, but the Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 is the only lens I know of that uses dual apertures (8 and 12 blades) along with control of spherical aberration for tuning the desired bokeh effects.

This aperture series evaluates it for it far-distance sharpness, not using the STF features. Available for Sony full frame, as well as Canon, Nikon, Sony A, Pentax K mounts, it might fill a gap for Sony or Pentax K users looking for a manual focus special effects lens. Particularly for Pentak K, where lens options are much more limited.

Evaluated here on the Sony A7R III for far-distance sharpness, not using the STF features.

Aperture Series: Storm Clouds Over Kolob Canyons Peaks

Includes up to full resolution images from f/2 through f/5.6.

A storm rolled in overnight, leaving 4 inches (10cm) of snow on my Mercedes Sprinter photography adventure van as I slept, along with dense fog which. I waited things out until the heavens lifted a bit. Here later in the day, most of it had melted off and late in the day the sun broke out (see April 20 concussion log entry).

Storm Clouds Over Kolob Canyons Peaks, Zion National Park
f5.6 @ 1/400 sec, ISO 100; 2018-04-20 13:04:12
Sony A7R III + Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 STF

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Really Right Stuff Big Moving Sale

I use a lot of Really Right Stuff products: L-plates for cameras, plates for lenses, and several tripods of varying sizes, my favorite being the TVC-24L at about $1030 (before the discount) for its combination of size/total height/weight. See various Really Right Stuff posts.

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Really Right Stuff: Big Move Sale

If a Panasonic Camera or Lens Needs Repair after the Warranty Expires, does Panasonic Refuse to Repair It? (UPDATED with comments)

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UPDATE 23 May 2018: I spoke with a Panasonic USA representative who assures me that Panasonic *does* repair lenses past the warranty period. Here is the statement from Panasonic USA:

First and most importantly, Panasonic Lumix repairs its lenses and cameras, whether they are within the warranty period or beyond it.

Certain lenses can only be serviced by our lens factory in Japan due to the equipment and expertise that is required. Any repair that deems the lens to be disassembled requires that mechanical and optical alignment need to be done. The time required time to disassemble, repair, reassemble and align the lens is a very manual process that can take several hours. A final decision as to if the lens can be repaired comes only after it’s been disassembled and evaluated. For these reasons, parts for the lens were never made available to 3rd party servicers who are not capable of servicing the lens.

For a professional photographer, time is money. The turnaround time to have a lens serviced in Japan was far too long, so from day one we decided that a lens received for qualified in warranty service would be replaced with a factory recertified lens. These lenses go through the factory assembly line and receive the same calibration and inspection as new units receive. Using this system our in-house turnaround in Texas is typically 2-3 days from delivery, often faster. In consideration of all of the above, an out of warranty repair may also be done by replacing the lens with a recertified lens.

DIGLLOYD: note that companies like Leica and Zeiss also cannot repair certain lenses in the USA; they have to go to Germany.

Knut K writes:

You mention that all your favorite ‎M4/3 lenses are Panasonic.

This might lead people to buy Panasonic lenses unaware of a very serious issue: Panasonic does NOT repair lenses outside warranty. They just don't bother (they are an electronics company and never have). There are many statements on the web concerning this, an example: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4283303.

I find this to be a very serious issue which should be mentioned whenever these lenses are recommended. This leaves a guaranteed lifetime of only.
- 3 years in the US (warranty time)
- 2 years in Europe and
- only 1 year in Canada

Canon, Nikon or Pentax offer a minimum 10 years of service after lens discontinuation.

Actually Pentax replaced the front lens of my K 2,5/200 in 2005 (the lens was produced in 1977 and discontinued in the 80ies).

Leica also offers a lifetime support at least for the mechanical parts (they will remake them) and still have a huge stock of old front lenses.

These are serious issues with Panasonic. Facts that cannot just be ignored.

DIGLLOYD: very serious, but I can’t take it as a corporate policy from an email or from a forum thread. I don’t know who at Panasonic USA could confirm or refute this claim, but if true it would make me very unwilling to buy my favorite Panasonic lenses.

Below, Roger Cicala’s comments (LensRentals.com).

The short answer to the question 'would repair keep me from buying a Panasonic lens' is it would keep me from buying an expensive Panasonic lens.

Since with my other gear I expect a repair to be $200 or more, I tend to think of $300 lenses as disposable outside of warranty. And there are some nice little $300 Panasonic lenses I'd buy. I wouldn't dream of investing $1200 in one, though.

To expand a bit: I spent some time looking into our Panasonic m43 repair history. This is on the basis of a couple of hundred repairs. It's only applicable to the U. S., of course, things are very different in different locations. The worst part of Panasonic's repair service is they charge a $75 to just look at the lens. Very often they then say it's unrepairable but that was $75. If it is unrepairable they'll offer to replace it with a refurbished lens for about the cost of a new lens. They also say a very large portion are unrepairable, much higher than other manufacturers.

Since we do in-house repairs we have a pretty good idea that these things are repairable (and often end up doing that repair ourselves if we can get parts). Basically if the repair is time consuming, or requires optical adjustment, it's not repairable and that will be $75, please. The summary words used by our factory service liaisons for interaction with Panasonic were 'chaos' and 'inconsistent'. It's very common to be told an item is being repaired, then to follow up weeks later and be told they were waiting on approval (even though we have email trail of approval being given weeks earlier) or can't be repaired or the parts are on hold etc. Most common is saying they can fix it followed by 'when the tech started the repair he found other problems that we can't fix'. The worst part is it's usually us calling about the lens when we hear about this; they often didn't call to tell us it was not repairable.

As an aside, we repair a lot of the non-repairable ones in-house if we have parts, which isn't often. Repair times are slow (weeks to a couple of months). Not the worst, but certainly in the worst third.

Costs are also all over the place. A simple filter ring replacement may be $90 on one lens and $270 on another. Quotes for the same repair on the same lens are different at different times. They basically cannot do any optical adjustments successfully, so there's no sense sending them a decentered lens to be fixed. I should note, though, that sometimes decentering isn't optical, it's because a mechanical part (helicoid, roller, etc) is broken and they can fix that.

Sometimes. I think the big question people are asking is can out of warranty items be repaired. I can't answer it from firsthand knowledge more accurately than sometimes, but not often. I can speculate, however: Panasonic is frequently out of this part or that and parts-holds are often months long. I assume that once a lens is no longer produced, there is not a back order of parts and Panasonic isn't big enough or busy enough to make stocking discontinued parts financially feasible; so once the parts they have are used up, they can't repair it anymore. Given that a lot of their parts are outsourced, I doubt they can order 5 or 10 of part xxxyyyy, and it's not worthwhile to order 1,000 of them for a discontinued lens.

DIGLLOYD: I think this is about as authoritative as it is going to get.

Bottom line is that I stick with saying that the Panasonic lenses I show above are my favorites for M4/3 (optically and to some extent, the build style), but none of them qualify for purchase, as I refused to deal with a company that won’t service a $1600 lens or $3000 lens after only 3 years. Even 5 years would be unacceptable. On the other hand, video producers might just deem it a cost of doing business.

Rainer U writes:

Many times I have read on your site complaints about the service and repair quality of camera companies. As a working professional photographer I strongly underline the importance of a good service, it is at least as important as the quality of the products.

In this context I must praise the Nikon Professional Service ( NPS ) at least here in Germany. They offer the best service of any company I have ever known: return time is in 99% of all cases five days; if it is only usual maintenance it is free of charge many times (even for old gear); if they are unsure about my issue or cannot reproduce it, they call me and inquire more details until the issue is solved. They are present at many big events, not only sports, with a team and do repairs and rent for free for the accredited photographers.

I know quite a few colleagues who switched to Nikon just because of that service level. I happily do without the latest bric-a-brac of camera or lens technology, if I cannot rely on them and/or the service deserts me.

DIGLLOYD: I agree. Canon is very good also, at least here in the USA, though it has been some time since I’ve personally verified that. Sony is working on it, but in a half-hearted way, excluding many customers.

Franklin K writes:

Another story, a French one, I own an iPhone 6s+, bought in September 2015. I recently noticed the battery level at 79%: time to change it. I went to an official Apple workshop. The phone was carefully examined by the receptionist. He said « come back at 6pm ». Time was 2. When I came back (22 miles each time), he said: « we didn’t touch to your phone because it has been previously opened ». A friend of mine is working at Apple Cork. I rang up and she confirmed. Appallingly.

DIGLLOYD: Apple has a similar trend now in making even pro machines non-repairable (iMac Pro is extremely difficult to work with, laptops are essentially sealed).

It is a fact that electronic goods are indeed very hard to repair as time goes on. Therefore this policy might be acceptable if a company put in place a suitable replacement program which is generous to customers. But as it stands, it represents a sea change in what quality means, at least to most companies these days.

When I pay a premium price for a product, I expect correspondingly high support and service.

A product is not just the good(s) bought, but the total support and service package as well. This is why Nikon and Canon 'rock'.

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Aperture Series: Portraits at Kolob Canyons

Get Zeiss Loxia at B&H Photo and see my Sony mirrorless wish list.

Dang! Want a 15mm for Canon or Nikon? The Zeiss 15mm f2.8 Distagon is $1251 off as I write this.

How does the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 look when used for an outdoor portrait? It is an interesting question because often it makes much better photo to separate a person from the background, assuming it’s mostly about the person/people. It is widely assumed that portraiture means an 85mm or similar, a viewpoint that I do not share because often context makes the picture far more interesting as time passes.

Over the years, the photos I find most interesting are those that include people and/or show context: gear, weather, time of year, activity—this brings back memories. Sometimes I shoot a selfie just as a reference for how I was traveling, what I was wearing (conditions), time of year look of the area, etc.

Published in my review of the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 is another aperture series:

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Aperture Series: Portraits at Kolob Canyons

Series includes full resolution images from f/2.4 through f/16 at up to full resolution, with commentary on the choice of aperture and its visual impact.

The following is personal opinion and should not be construed as medical advice. Recovering from a concussion (I had made major progress in healing by this day) is best done away from house and home out in the wild for the very low stress it offers, not to mention natural beauty, and letting the body adjust to natural rhythms of sunrise and sunset. It is already proven that a short walk in the forest lower stress levels. I would advocate that anyone with a concussion take the week(s) needed in a peaceful outdoor location—national forest camping is free and all over the west. That is, after the acute phase where one is assured of no brain bleeding and similar. Whatever you do, do not sit around doing nothing.

Down jacket by Western Mountaineering. I generally wear the Flash XR which is highly rain resistant and has a hood, but the QuickFlash jacket I am wearing is super light and comfy, utilizing 850+ fill power down (rare, and really 900 fill power meaning unrivalled quality). It weighs only 8 ounces (225 grams)—far less than the 393 grams of the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4!

Lloyd at Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park
f2.4 @ 1/3200 sec, ISO 100; 2018-04-20 14:16:39
Sony A7R III + ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25

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Some Nifty B&H Photo One-Day Deals

BOOKMARK the B&H deals of the day page! See also my hand-picked B&H Photo wishlists and OWC wishlists or search B&H deals by brand/price/category or search for OWC deals by brand or category or price.

Below, some hand-picked deals, some of which are ONE DAY ONLY.

Printers wear out, especially cheap inkjet ones. My everyday printer is failing and I ordered the Xerox WorkCentre 6027 All-in-One Color LED Printer. It’s $280 off today only, a steal at only $149. Roy P points out that it does not do duplex however, but the HP Color LaserJet Pro M477fdw has $200 off and does duplex. See all printer deals that are 25% off or more.

Were I a Micro Four Thirds Shooter, I’d be picking of the 42.5mm Nocticron and the 200mm f/2.8, shown below, both superb and among the best lenses available for M4/3.

B&H has enormous discounts on 2016 Apple MacBook Pros and discounts on 2017 models also., probably because while Apple claims they sell like hotcakes, I don’t like the 2016/20176 models and even my daughter does not. Go get a used late 2015 MacBook Pro at OWC, which is what I use—way better machine IMO and you don’t have the idiotic touchbar or compatibility hassles.

The Apple iMac Pro is also discounted as is the 2017 iMac 5K.

B&H Photo Deals 15 May 2018
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Loving the Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, Perhaps Not for Its Designed Purposes (yet), in my Sprinter Van it Solves a Need

Get Luxli Cello at B&H Photo.

Home late yesterday after a grueling 210 miles, tonight I just tried the about $399 Luxli Cello tonight in my Mercedes Sprinter photography adventure van. It’s way cool and fills several needs I’ve had since I got my van:

  • It offers an enormous array of color combinations, but my favorite is pure red, which does not wreck night vision or trigger the anti-sleep reflex as does bluish light. And yet, a college student might run it on blue or bluish to help stay awake.
  • It is designed with a CRI (color rendering index) of 95 and TLCI of 97, so it can be used for still or video photography for accurate color rendition, coming with a hot-shoe mount (and tripod mount). And yet it can reproduce a myriad of other colors as well.
  • I’ve been looking for a remote-controllable red light source that will light up the van interior nice and bright for night-time, something that won’t disturb my night vision—the red mode does that very nicely over a soothing just barely there for night-time to quite bright
  • From outside the van I can turn on light inside the van using my iPhone. Very nice when hauling a few 5-pound trout and a fishing pole and a pack and camera.
  • Since it is battery powered with a standard (and included) Sony NPF battery, it can be used indoors or outdoors and mounted on a tripod also.

My daughter (heading to college this fall), is begging me to get one for her. Maybe I will—her flute performance today was magnificent, drawing a stream of compliments.

Specifications:

Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light,
app for iPhone to control the unit remotely
  • 10" 176 RGBAW LED Light , 176 LEDs
  • Photometrics: 111.49 fc / 1199.63 lux at 3' / .91 m
  • Adjustable Full Color Light
  • iOS/Android App Control via Bluetooth
  • White Mode: Standard Bicolor Operation
  • RGB Mode: Select Color from RGB Wheel
  • Filter Mode: Colored Gel Sampling
  • Discreet Dimming and Color Knobs
  • 100 to 0% Brightness Dimming
  • 1/4"-20 Mounting Thread (with removable insert for 3/16")
  • CRI 95, TLCI 97
  • power: AC Adapter, External Battery, or 7 to 15V DC at 2 amps 24 watts max
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 3.6 x 0.8" / 24.1 x 9.1 x 2 cm
  • Weight: 13.2 oz / 374 g

As for photography, I’ll be putting it to use soon. See also the ProtoMachines LED8 Full Color Photography Light.

Attach a plate from Really Right Stuff and mount the Luxli Cello on a tripod, such as the Really Right Stuff TFA-01 ULTRA Pocket Pod.

Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light mounted on Really Right Stuff TFA-01 ULTRA Pocket Pod, deep red at 1% brightness
Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light mounted on Really Right Stuff TFA-01 ULTRA Pocket Pod
Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, overview of appearance

The picture below is missing one thing: the Luxli Cello has a nice quality rear LCD also, to control the light without the app.

Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, rear view
Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, front view
Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Light, app for iPhone to control the unit remotely
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