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The Fujifilm X-E2S is a compact system camera that offers a few improvements when compared lớn its predecessor, the X-E2. These include new Zone và Wide/Tracking auto-focusing options, an Auto Mode button which activates the fully automatic Advanced SR Auto lớn mode, an improved handgrip, the addition of an electronic shutter, & a more intuitive graphical user interface. At the heart of the X-E2S is a 16.3 megapx APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor, which has a colour filter array that mimics film grain and no optical low-pass filter for higher resolution images, & a Lens Modulation Optimiser which automatically corrects diffraction blur. The X-E2S also has a 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder, 3-inch LCD screen with 1.04 million dots, EXR Processor II, hybrid auto-focus system with fast AF speeds of 0.06 second, 7fps burst shooting, a built-in flash, wi-fi connectivity, in-camera raw conversion, a range of film simulation modes, multiple exposure and panoramic shooting modes, Digital Split Image & Focus Peaking for easier manual focusing, & Full HD đoạn phim recording capabilities at up to 60fps. The Fujifilm X-E2S is available in all-blaông xã or silver and blaông chồng và costs £549 in the UK và $699 in the US body-only, or £749 / $999 with the 18-55milimet f/2.8-4 OIS kit lens.

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Ease of Use

At first glance the Fujifilm X-E2S looks virtually identical to it predecessor, with just a few subtle changes to lớn differentiate the two. The Fujifilm X-E2S remains a classically styled interchangeable lens camera that recalls film rangefinders from the past, with a stunning retro thiết kế that draws admiring glances from everyone that sees it. Smaller, lighter & less expensive than the range-topping X-Pro2, the X-E2S dispenses with the innovative Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, replaced instead by the same high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder as the X-E2.

The Fujifilm X-E2S is another amazingly well-built X-series camera, with absolutely no flex or movement in its chassis thanks to lớn the die-cast magnesium alloy top and base plates and machined control dials. At the same time, it"s actually much lighter than a first glance might suggest, weighing in at 350g toàn thân only with the battery and memory thẻ fitted, a full 100g lighter than the X-Pro2. Measuring 129 (W) mm x 74.9(H) mm x 37.2(D) mm, it"s very similar in kích thước to lớn the X100/S cameras.

The X-E2S has a subtle but effective sầu hand-grip at the front và a space at the rear for your thumb, with your grip helped in no small part by the textured faux-leather surface that runs around the full width of the camera. Fujifilm have made a very slight improvement to lớn the handgrip by making part of it from a smoother rubber material, but lớn be honest we couldn"t really notice any difference when comparing the X-E2S to its predecessor. Two small metal eyelets on either side of the body toàn thân are used for connecting the supplied shoulder strap, which isn"t quite as luxurious as the rest of the package. A metal tripod mount is positioned slightly off-centre from the lens và next to the memory thẻ / battery compartment, so you"ll have to remove the camera from the tripod khổng lồ change either of them.

At the heart of the X-E2S is the 16.3 megapx APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS sensor. APS-C is a sensor kích thước that"s more commonly used by the majority of DSLR cameras, rather than by compact system cameras - Sony"s NEX range and Samsung"s NX series are the others. Fujifilm actually claim that the X-E2S"s sensor will deliver image quality that surpasses most APS-C DSLRs & even some full-frame ones, and as our thử nghiệm photos and sample images on the next two pages show , the X-E2S actually does live up lớn those claims. We won"t say any more at this point other than khổng lồ recommend that you take a look at our Sample Images for yourself.

Helping lớn keep the image unique high is the 18-55mm standard zoom kit lens. This offers fast maximum apertures of F/2.8 at 18mm and F/4 at 55milimet, with the added benefit of built-in optical image stabilisation to help keep your images sharp. There are aperture and manual focus rings on the lens barrel, which in conjunction with the shutter tốc độ & exposure compensation dials on top of the camera body makes it straight-forward to mix the exposure. We did find though that the aperture ring is easily moved, particularly when taking the lens on và off the camera, so watch out for an incorrectly set aperture. The 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS is a really nice standard zoom that"s certainly a cut above sầu the kit lenses that ship with most interchangeable lens cameras.

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Front of the Fujifilm X-E2S

The 18-55milimet lens" fast maximum apertures in conjunction with the large APS-C sensor make it easy lớn throw the background out of focus và achieve some really nice bokeh effects. The combination of the fast apertures & the extensive ISO range of 100-25600 (expandandable khổng lồ 50-51,200) makes the X-E2S very well suited lớn low-light shooting, allowing you to lớn hand-hold the camera in places where you"d usually be reaching for a tripod (if allowed) or other tư vấn. The clever ISO Aulớn Control setting allows you khổng lồ phối a maximum sensitivity (now up to lớn 6400) & a minimum shutter tốc độ (1/30th is a good starting point), with the camera over-riding your ISO choice if it thinks you"re being too ambitious whilst maintaining a shutter tốc độ that won"t introduce camera shake.

New to the X-E2S is a dedicated button for turning on the dedicated Aulớn Mode. In this Advanced SR AUTO mode, the X-E2S automatically selects the optimum shooting settings from 58 premix scenes, including the best AF mode. More confident beginners can then use the rear Command Dial to lớn select a specific scene type.

With its focal-plane shutter, the X-E2S has a very adaptable top shutter-tốc độ limit of 1/4000th second in all shooting modes. Consequently there"s no built-in ND filter as on the X100/S, so if you want khổng lồ use the 35milimet lens at F/1.4 in very bright sunlight withj the focal-plane shutter, for example, then it"s a good idea lớn buy an actual glass ND filter (52mm).

Fujifilm have also added a completely silent electronic shutter to the X-E2S which provides a much faster top shutter speed of 1/32,000th second. This allows you to lớn continue shooting wide-open with fast aperture lenses in the brighchạy thử of conditions without having lớn resort to lớn fitting a glass ND filter or using external flash và lights. There are some important caveats with the electronic shutter - the ISO range is restricted khổng lồ 200-6400, you can"t use the flash at all, and the slowest shutter tốc độ is only 1 second, but overall it"s a great addition that makes the X-E2S more versatile. It"s also possible to lớn phối the electronic shutter in 1/3 steps from a range of 1sec to lớn 1/32000sec.

The Fujifilm X-E2S"s auto-focusing speed is further improved on the previous model, with a quoted fastest auto-focus time of just 0.06 seconds when using the 18-55milimet zoom. The X-E2S has an ultra-fast hybrid AF system with both a conventional contrast-detection system & built-in Phase Detection pixels which enables the camera to achieve a focus lochồng so quickly và accurately. If you mostly use auto-focus rather than manual then this one improvement alone is reason to upgrade from the X-E1. The X-E2S has 49 individual AF points in the Single Point mode, laid out in a 7 x 7 grid, with the ability to change the form size of the focus point via the rear command dial to achieve sầu more precise focusing.

In addition to the standard 49-point Single Point mode, the X-E2S is the lakiểm tra X-series camera khổng lồ offer Zone and Wide/Tracking modes. These two modes use a larger 77-point area to lớn capture moving subjects. In Zone mode, you can select a 3x3, 5x3 or 5x5 zone out of the 77-point AF area. During AF-C focus, the X-E2S continually tracks the subject, positioning it at the centre of the zone. The centrally positioned 3x3 và 5x3 zones in particular deliver fast focusing thanks lớn the on-sensor phase detection AF.

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Rear of the Fujifilm X-E2S

Manual focusing is activated by setting the focusing switch on the front of the camera lớn Manual & using the ring that encircles the lens lớn focus. The X-series lenses have an electronically coupled focus-by-wire manual focusing ring, rather than a physical one. We criticised the original X-E1 for taking a lot of turns to change the focus from 0.1m lớn infinity, commenting that it was a much better idea khổng lồ use the AFL/AEL button on the rear of the camera lớn phối the focus automatically, then use the focusing ring lớn micro-adjust the focus manually, if required. This is still a viable technique, but is perhaps no longer required as Fujifilm have sầu cleverly made the focusing ring more sensitive khổng lồ how you use it - turn it slowly và the focusing distance changes slowly, but turn it more quickly & the camera quickly moves through the distance scale. It takes less than 2 full turns và a couple of seconds to lớn jump from the closest focus distance to lớn infinity, a big improvement on the X-E1.

The X-E2S also now offers not one, not two, but three ways of manually focusing. Firstly, there"s a handy xanh distance scale along the bottom of the viewfinder (both the OVF and EVF) and on the LCD screen if you"re using that for composition, with a red bar indicating the the focusing distance và a trắng bar showing the depth of field, which actually changes in line with the current aperture - very clever. In addition khổng lồ the AFL/AEL button, the X-E2S has another trick up its manual focusing sleeve in the shape of the rear comm& control (the dial which sits under your right thumb). You can press this in khổng lồ magnify the view in the electronic viewfinder, with the ability lớn then pan around the frame by pressing the AF button & spinning the comm& dial. This makes it much easier khổng lồ judge precise focusing.

The second manual focusing method is the Digital Split Image feature. Harking baông xã to lớn film cameras of the past, this displays dual images on the left và right which then need lớn be lined up together for accurate manual focusing, enabling accurate focusing especially when shooting wide-open or for macro shooting. It"s much easier to lớn understand in practice than written down. The third and final method is the Focus Peak Highlight function, which displays a trắng line around the subject when it"s in focus, something that Sony users in particular have sầu been enjoying for a while. Both of these additions make manual focusing on the X-E2S more of a pleasure than a chore, although the revised fly-by-wire manual focusing ring operation is arguably more important.

The X-E2S utilises a focal-plane shutter rather than the leaf shutter that the X100/S has, much like a regular DSLR camera. This results in slightly noisier operation và a much slower flash-sync tốc độ of 1/180th second (versus the X100"s 1/400th second). To make the camera less obtrusive there"s a Silent thực đơn option which turns off the speaker, flash, AF-assist lamp and most importantly the artificially-created shutter-release sound, instantly making the X-E2S perfectly suited to lớn candid photography.

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Pop-up Flash

The Fujifilm X-E2S offers two ways of composing your images. The 3 inch LCD monitor on the baông chồng offers 100% scene coverage and 1.04 million dots. The LCD screen has a handy Info view which presents all of the key settings at once, or you can switch to lớn the Standard or Custom Live View modes, with the latter offering 14 customisable options (these are also used for the electronic viewfinder).

There"s also an excellent electronic viewfinder, which has 2,360,000 dots & provides the same exact 100% coverage as the rear LCD screen, plus a parallax corrected view, accurate pReviews of exposure & depth of field, và the ability to see all of the information that you can view on the rear LCD. The X-E2S also has a built-in eye sensor so that you only have sầu lớn hold the camera up to lớn eye-cấp độ khổng lồ switch between the rear LCD & the electronic viewfinder (or you can press the View Mode button).

In terms of operational speed, the Fujifilm X-E2S is very fast. Shutter lag is virtually non-existent on this camera (0.05 second), so once you have sầu phối the focus, you"ll never miss the moment because the camera can"t fire the shutter quickly enough, shot-to-shot time of 0.5 second, và it starts-up in just 0.5 second too. The write speeds from pressing the shutter button khổng lồ recording lớn the SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card are faster too. Shooting a single RAW + Fine JPEG takes about 1.5 seconds khổng lồ record khổng lồ the card, a big improvement on the X-E1. Continuous shooting speeds are a top rate of 7fps for around 28 JPEGs or 8 RAW files, depending on the tốc độ of your memory thẻ, with a slower 3fps tốc độ with AF tracking also available. chú ý that both the focus và the exposure are set according lớn the first frame in each series, so it"s not a particularly good system for tracking fast-moving subjects in varied lighting conditions, Thankfully the camera doesn"t lochồng up completely for a long time if you shoot the maximum number of images in a burst, allowing you to continue shooting after just a few seconds.

One area in which the Fujifilm X-E2S excels is its handling, thanks in no small part khổng lồ the numerous external controls that make changing the key settings a breeze, especially when holding the camera at eye-level. Surrounding the 18-55m lens is a circular aperture ring, although it has no markings due lớn the variable aperture. This dial also allows you khổng lồ choose third-stop apertures. On top of the X-E2S is a large, tactile control dial for setting the shutter speed, with settings ranging from 1 second lớn 1/4000th second, an Auto option, a T setting for longer exposures (2 to lớn 30 seconds, phối via the circular command wheel) và a Bulb mode for exposures up to a whopping 60 minutes in length. Alongside the shutter speed dial is another tactile dial for changing the exposure compensation, now with an expanded range of +-3EV - together these three controls make it extremely easy khổng lồ set the exposure.

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The Fujifilm X-E2S In-hand

Four other controls complete the X-E2S"s top-plate. The small but responsive shutter release button is encircled by the On/Off switch, which in turn has a thread for a very traditional mechanical cable release - there"s no need lớn buy an expensive sầu dedicated accessory for this camera. Alongside is the Fn button, which by default provides quiông chồng access to lớn the ISO speeds, but can be customised to suit your own needs from 12 different settings. Further customisation is available via the 7 Custom Menu options, which let you create, save và reCall up lớn 7 sets of user-defined settings. Finally there"s an external flash hotshoe for suitable dedicated external units, và the handy built-in pop-up flash which has a guide number of 7 at ISO 200. This is released via the Flash button on the rear of the camera, and its clever hinged thiết kế positions it above sầu the lens & helps khổng lồ reduce red-eye.

The X-E2S features built-in wi-fi connectivity, although it"s rather restricted in use as it has to lớn be paired with a smartphone. Install the FUJIFILM Camera App & you can transfer your pictures immediately to a điện thoại thông minh or tablet PC and then edit & giới thiệu them as you wish, transfer stills và video onlớn the camera, và embed GPS information in your shots from your smartphone. cảnh báo that you can"t control the camera remotely, only transfer images. The FUJIFILM PC AutoSave software provides a simple means to back up your photos khổng lồ your trang chính PC.

The Fujifilm X-E2S can record full HD 1080p movies at 60/30fps with stereo sound & a high bitrate (36Mbps), by mặc định assigned lớn the Fn button on top of the camera. It"s fair to lớn say that the X-E2S"s movie mode isn"t overly advanced. You can set the aperture and shutter speed before recording begins, but not during, & you can also set the Film Simulation mode, so black and White footage is possible, và the exposure compensation. Continuous auto-focusing is possible, although it still tends khổng lồ hunt around before locking onto lớn the subject, and manual focusing is also available (with the same caveats as for stills). There is a HDXiaoMi MI port for connecting the X-E2S to lớn a high-definition TV, although as usual there"s no cable supplied in the box. Also missing is a paper copy of the otherwise helpful manual, which is supplied on CD-ROM instead, along with the consumer MyFinepix software the slow và rather unintuitive sầu RAW convertor (essentially a specially customised version of the commercial Silkypix application).

The X-E2S has a logical rear control layout. There"s a vertical row of four buttons on the left of the LCD screen for choosing image playback, the drive sầu mode, exposure mode & the new Aulớn mode button. Above the LCD are the Flash Release button and the Q button. This provides quichồng access to lớn lots of frequently used shooting settings including the ISO tốc độ, White Balance, File Size và File Quality, with the 4-way controller & comm& dial used to quickly change them. To the right are the rear control dial, separate AF-L and AE-L buttons, và two activity LEDs. A 4-way controller is used khổng lồ change the shutter tốc độ and aperture, toggle the macro mode on and off, and phối the AF point. In the middle of the controller is the Menu button, which accesses the eight Shooting and Set-up menus. Underneath is the Disp/Baông xã button which is used for changing the LCD display or going baông chồng.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image kích thước of around 5Mb.

The Fujifilm X-E2S produces images of outstanding chất lượng. It recorded noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100 all the way up to lớn 6400, with a little noise at ISO 12800 & more visible noise and slight colour desaturation at the fasthử nghiệm setting of ISO 25600, an amazing performance for a camera with an APS-C sensor. The RAW files were also excellent, with usable images throughout the entire range of ISO 200-6400.

The images were a little soft straight out of the Fujifilm X-E2S at the default sharpening setting & ideally require some further sharpening in an application lượt thích Adobe Photocửa hàng, or you can change the in-camera setting. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter tốc độ of 30 seconds being long enough for most after-dark shots, & the Bulb mode allowing much longer exposures if required.

The Dynamic Range settings subtly improve sầu detail in the shadows & highlights, while the Film Simulation modes hark baông chồng khổng lồ a bygone era. Motion panoramas are the icing on the proverbial cake, although they didn"t work very well in mixed lighting conditions or with moving subjects in the frame. The Advanced Filters provide some creative control over your JPEGs before taking the shot.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm X-E2S for JPEGs, & 6 for RAW files. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG & RAW files.

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

 
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Focal Range

The Fujifilm X-E2S"s 18-55milimet kit lens provides an effective focal range of 27-83milimet in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

27mm

83mm

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File Quality

The Fujifilm X-E2S has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the unique of the various options, with the file form size shown in brackets.

16M Fine (5.05Mb) (100% Crop)16M Normal (3.02Mb) (100% Crop)
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16M RAW (32.2Mb) (100% Crop) 
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Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm FinePix X-E2S are Auto lớn, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction và Forced Flash & Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro. These shots of a Trắng coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (27mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (27mm)

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Suppressed Flash - Telephokhổng lồ (83mm)

Forced Flash - Telepholớn (83mm)

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And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Forced Flash setting or the Red-eye Reduction và Forced Flash option caused any red-eye.

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Forced Flash (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash

Red-eye Reduction và Forced Flash (100% Crop)

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Night

The Fujifilm X-E2S"s maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds in the Time shutter speed mode, and there"s a Bulb mode which allows exposures up to 60 minutes long, which is excellent news if you"re seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of trăng tròn seconds at ISO 200.

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Night (100% Crop)

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Dynamic Range

The Fujifilm X-E2S has three dynamic range settings - 100% (on by default), 200%, and 400% - & an Aukhổng lồ setting if you want to let the camera take control. These settings gradually increase the amount of detail visible in the shadow và highlight areas, with the side-effect of more noise appearing in the image. chú ý that you can"t actually turn this feature off.

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200%

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Film Simulation

The Fujifilm X-E2S offers 9 different film simulation modes khổng lồ help repliatce the look of your favourite film stoông xã from the past.

Provia / Standard

Velvia / Vivid

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Astia / Soft

Pro Neg. Hi

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Pro Neg. Standard

B&W

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Monochrome + Yellow Filter

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Monochrome + Green Filter

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Advanced Filter

The Fujifilm Finepix X-E2S offers 13 different filter effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen.

Toy Camera

Miniature

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Pop Color

High-Key

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Low-Key

Dynamic Tone

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Soft Focus

Partial Color (Red)

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Partial màu sắc (Orange)

Partial Color (Yellow)

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Partial Màu sắc (Green)

Partial màu sắc (Blue)

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Partial Màu sắc (Purple)

 
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Panoramas

Just lượt thích Sony"s Cybershot range, the Fujifilm X-E2S can create motion panoramas, either 1đôi mươi or 180 degrees in length. Exposure is phối on the first frame, which caused some problems indoors where different light sources caused areas of vertical banding. Watch out also for moving subjects in the frame as the X-E2S won"t compensate for this.

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Fujifilm X-E2S camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapx Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below liên kết lớn the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.


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