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Pentax K-S2 Digital Camera

SLR 20.12MP Feb 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Count Waterproof Image Stabiliser Release Date
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31 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 32 user reviews this camera has a fantastic overall user rating. That puts this waterproof camera in the top 15% of all the digital cameras of this type and age.

Good Quality Pictures

Six customers reckoned that the Pentax K-S2 was able to produce good images. Gadget Fan gave the Pentax K-S2 a rating of 4 stars and wrote in October this year “It seems to deliver sharper images than my K5, particularly in poor light”. Taha Idris wrote on Amazon “The tones and smoothness of images is remarkable”.

Good Product Quality

Six customers said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Addicted2pills said on Amazon last year “Very fast, great image quality, good videos” and gave the Pentax K-S2 an excellent rating. This month Gadget Fan wrote in their Pentax K-S2 review on Amazon “**Image quality** Is simply stunning”. Jonathan Pie gave the Pentax K-S2 a score of 5 stars and he mentioned “Very high quality + excellent weight distribution + WiFi” in his review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

Several people who purchased it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Last year Jonathan Pie he mentioned in his review on Amazon “Is hardware calibrated to 6500Kelvin, 2.2 Gamma and 120cd/m² luminance) + small yet still comfortable to hold + all plastic built”.

A number of customers reckoned that the Pentax K-S2 was easy to use. Gadget Fan scored it 4 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It is a delight to use”. One person said in their reviews that the product was easy to handle. In October last year S. Randle mentioned in their Pentax K-S2 review “Handling was lovely, with my existing prime lenses”.

One customer who reviewed the Pentax K-S2 considered that it was easy to use the menus. Jonathan Pie mentioned on Amazon “When the shutter release will be activated) + much better and logical menu” in his review.

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Pentax Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 1,276 owner and expert reviews, Pentax has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically for its waterproof cameras.

Robust

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made. This month Gadget Fan said “If you are used to a K7, K5 or K3 you will find it feels less substantial, less solid as it doesn't have the same magnesium alloy body.”. S. Randle wrote “So what's new and to like on the K-S2? Built in WiFi”.

One Pentax K-S2 reviewer mentioned that the Pentax K-S2 was reliable. Jonathan Pie said in his Pentax K-S2 review on Amazon “D7200) + large JPEG buffer (I use a 64GB Samsung PRO SDXC UHS-1 card which is more reliable than the SanDisk Extreme Pro III SDXC equivalent” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

One person said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Last year Addicted2pills mentioned “Lens, so this rugged body does a fantastic job keeping dirt” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Lens

Several people who bought it concluded that it had a good lens.

One Pentax K-S2 owner said in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Jonathan Pie wrote in his Pentax K-S2 review “Hues can be applied + impressively fast AF autofocus speed (almost the same as Pentax K-5, K-3, Nikon D5500”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people who purchased the product mentioned that it had a good screen. Addicted2pills scored the product very highly and mentioned on Amazon “PROs+ fully articulated tilt and swivel screen (the main reason why I went back to Pentax after I used the Samsung NX30, Nikon D5300, D5500” in their Pentax K-S2 review. Jonathan Pie wrote in his Pentax K-S2 review on Amazon in October last year “Quickly shows an orange cast when using lenses from f4 and slower + good pre-calibration of 3" display + 3" display can be manually re-calibrated”.

Good Size

One person said in their reviews that it was a good weight. One person concluded that the Pentax K-S2 was compact.

Nice Design

One Pentax K-S2 owner said in their reviews that the Pentax K-S2 was good looking. S. Randle rated it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Terms and are more impressed with futuristic styling and features - a camera for the phone generation”.

One Pentax K-S2 owner thought this digital camera was neat. S. Randle wrote on Amazon last year “The K-S2 is still very neat by comparison” and scored it very highly.

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Good Support

A few Pentax K-S2 reviewers who bought the product reckoned that it had good technical guidance.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera was quiet. Last year S. Randle wrote on Amazon “With the new generation of lenses, such as the 18-50mm kit lens, we now get faster and quiet focussing at last” in their review of the Pentax K-S2.

Good Video Capture

One Pentax K-S2 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording.

Good Connectivity

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera was wifi compatible. S. Randle mentioned last year “To like on the K-S2? Built in WiFi and NFC connectivity will appeal to many, as will the HD movie mode that matches that of it's more expensive stablemate”.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

Unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago which do not support WiFi connectivity, the Pentax K-S2 supports WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other cameras which support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think a cheaper camera such as the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99) or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 are also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-S2 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), or the Pentax WG-3 ($290.26) or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-S2 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-S2.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider including cheaper cameras such as the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), or the Pentax WG-3 ($290.26).

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Waterproof

The Pentax K-S2 is waterproof. Most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the K-S2 also are waterproof.

We compared all the other waterproof digital cameras to this camera and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), and the Pentax WG-3 ($290.26) which is cheaper; or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The Pentax K-S2 has one of the higher megapixel counts (20.12 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age. The lowest megapixel count of comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the K-S2 is 8MP, the highest is 51MP, and the average megapixel count is 19MP.

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Supports Five Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released more than a year ago. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. The image formats "DNG", "EXIF", "PEF" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Very High Maximum ISO Speed

When compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the K-S2, the maximum ISO speed of the Pentax K-S2 of 51,200 is one of the highest. The maximum ISO speeds of digital cameras of this age and type range from 1,600 to 52,000.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Pentax K-S2 has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 2EV (1/2EV step) light exposure correction found on most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

A ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the K-S2.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst light exposure correction is ± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step).

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Has Five Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most commonly found shooting mode is Scene, but this shooting mode is not found on this Pentax digital camera. The shooting modes Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Sensitivity priority and Shutter priority are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Pentax digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the K-S2. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Very Small Minimum ISO Speed

The average minimum ISO speed of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the K-S2 is 110, and the minimum ISO speed range from 100 to 130. The Pentax K-S2 has a quite small minimum ISO speed (only 100) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-S2.

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480 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Pentax K-S2 is a camera that takes 480 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec take between 210 and 699 shots per battery charge.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of cameras of this age and spec range from 23,000 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 570,000 pixels. The Pentax K-S2 has a quite high display resolution (921,000 pixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-S2.

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Water Resistant Protection Feature

The protection feature of this camera is Water resistant, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax K-S2 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Pentax camera). A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras that are a similar age to the K-S2.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Features One Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Pentax K-S2 is more than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Continuous Auto Focus are also featured on this Pentax camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One person reckoned that this digital camera did not have a good battery life. Gadget Fan mentioned in October this year “It is worth considering the K-S2 for this alone! The only downside to the handling is a lack of battery grip - there is none”.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax K-S2 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type do have an image stabiliser.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), or the Pentax WG-3 ($290.26); or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax K-S2 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago also do not have a GPS.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to consider include the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99) or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax K-S2 does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not support video recording.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than a year, the Pentax K-S2 is not 3D compatible.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of digital cameras that are a similar age to the K-S2 is 76mm and the longest is 140mm. With a maximum focal length of only 76.5 millimeters, the Pentax K-S2 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Only Electronic Viewfinder

This digital camera has an Electronic viewfinder, which is the most frequently found viewfinder on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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Only ±1EV (1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Pentax K-S2 has a wider flash exposure correction than most cameras of this type and age. This Pentax digital camera has a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most similar spec cameras that were released one year ago have a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. The best flash exposure correction of all cameras that were launched more than a year ago is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±3EV (1/3 EV step).

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Only 1280×720@60fps Resolution and Capture Speed

This camera has a resolution and capture speed of 1280x720@25fps|1280x720@50fps|1280×720@24fps|1280×720@30fps|1280×720@60fps, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Heavy

Waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-S2 have weights of between 110g and 820g. The Pentax K-S2 is quite heavy (618 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the K-S2.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Pentax WG-3 ($290.26) (209g) which is also cheaper.

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Very Small Eye Relief

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-S2 the eye relief range from 20mm to 22mm. The Pentax K-S2 has a quite small eye relief (only 20.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released one year ago.

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Thick

The Pentax K-S2 is one of the thicker similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-S2 (72.5 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age. Similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the K-S2 have depths of between 19mm and 79mm, and the average depth is 42mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-S2

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this digital camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Pentax K-S2 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the K-S2.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think a cheaper camera such as the Pentax WG-3 ($290.26), and the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99) or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 are also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Stylus Tough TG-860, or the Stylus Tough TG-860 both from Olympus which has better reviews; or the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99), or the Stylus Tough TG-4 ($328.99) both from Olympus which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Pentax WG-3 ($290.26) (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to consider including the Pentax WG-3 ($290.26) which is cheaper; or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Body Material
Protection Feature
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Ecurity Algorithm
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Diopter Adjustment
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Data Network
Other Features
Technical Details
Housing Material

Expert Reviews

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Easy auto mode
Fast, accurate focusing
Decent dim light performance
Autofocus motor in camera body
Weatherproofing in budget DSLR body
Noisy autofocus motor
Bulky and heavy
Build lacks refinement
Amateur interface
Lens is somewhat flimsy

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Reviewed 25 April 2015 by Bill somewhere in Ct
Bill somewhere in Ct would recommend the Pentax K-S2 (Verified Purchase)

I use the K-S2 for general photography. Most of my photos are a mix of landscapes and close ups. I'm very impressed with the noise levels of the photos and sharpness out of the camera. The... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Short Battery Life
Reviewed 13 March 2015 by Kennuck
Kennuck would recommend the Pentax K-S2 (Verified Purchase)

Similar to the K30 in many popular respects but has bigger sensor, articulating LCD and WiFi for remote operation and image transfer. Built as expected from Pentax with weather proof seals, solid... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Movie Mode Switch
Noisy Dust Removal System
Noisy Shutter Mechanism
Noisy Shutter Me Hanism
Reviewed 12 May 2015 by Bayou Bob
Bayou Bob would recommend the Pentax K-S2 (Verified Purchase)

I am an advanced DSLR user that was looking for a little more compact camera body for use as a travel kit. I have been through several camera systems including PnS cameras and Micro 4/3rds... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
High ISO Performance
Noisy shutter
Reviewed 18 May 2015 by Scottie Dog
Scottie Dog would recommend the Pentax K-S2 (Verified Purchase)

I've only had the camera for a few weeks, but it's exceeding my expectations. In Oregon, I could not even find one to hold and check out, but being a Pentax Fan, I gambled on it and things are... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Tilt Swivel LCD
Short Battery Life
Reviewed 23 November 2015 by Dave
Dave would recommend the Pentax K-S2

I have several Pentax bodies and many lenses, including a K-3. But the K-S2 is often what I grab when I go out, along with a couple of extra lenses in a small Lowepro Rezo AW 140 shoulder bag. It... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
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Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax ks2bl, pentax 11889, pentax 11576, pentax ks2wh, pentax 11892, pentax 11612, pentax 11579, pentax 12075, pentax 12061, pentax ks2whi, ricoh da18135, pentax ks2bla, pentax ks2blac, pentax ks2whit, ricoh da18135m, pentax ks2black, pentax 5012193g, pentax 5012192w, pentax 5012192r, pentax 5012193p, pentax 5012193k, pentax ks2white, ricoh da18135mm, pentax vp887516, pentax vp887544, pentax 5012192k, pentax 5012193b, pentax ks2whitew, ricoh da18135mmw, pentax pentaxks2
Barcodes 00027075289055, 00027075289161, 00027075289277, 00027075289383, 00027075289505, 00027075289611, 00027075289727, 00027075289734, 00027075289833, 00027075289840, 00027075289956, 00027075290068, 00027075290174, 00027075290280, 00027075290792, 00027075290808, 00027075290815, 00027075290822, 00027075290839, 00027075290846, 00027075290853, 04549212289088, 04549212289415, 04549212289538, 04549212289644, 04549212289750

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