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How To Make Your Own Business Cards

Updated on September 12, 2014

Let your business cards reflect how special your business is.

This lens is all about doing it yourself with business cards. Designing them and printing them, coming up with a card that is uniquely you.

Even in this digital age the business card is still important. They can be left just about anywhere, tucked into orders, given out to potential customers or clients, etc. They are your advertising introduction to people you meet.

So be creative with your business cards, design something special. Especially if you work in a creative business such as art, design, or crafts. You should have business cards as unique as your business.

Designing Your Cards

So you're ready to design your own cards, what do you need?

Essential Contact Information:

Your name or business name (or both)

Phone Number

Email

Website for online business, physical address of offline business, both if necessary.

Okay so you know you need that information so what about making your cards special? Your business card should reflect your business, if you are an artist or crafter use an image of your work or maybe the tools you use.

Business cards don't have to be plain black on white, don't be afraid to use color. Maybe vary the shape a little, use an oval, round the edges, punch holes, etc. Above all, be creative.

Printing Your Cards at Home

If you've set up your cards correctly in Open Office or whichever software you've chosen to use all you need to do to print from home is choose the paper to use and hit print.

Paper

You can get pre-cut business card sheets just about anywhere that sells office supplies. They typically come in white, ivory, or gray and once you've printed your cards you just punch them out of the sheet.

If you want something a bit different and don't mind cutting your business cards yourself there's a big range of card stocks and art papers in just about every color and texture you could want. A paper cutter works best but a good straight edge and sharp x-acto style craft knife will work as well. If you want a different shape than the plain rectangle you can find large shape punches in most crafts stores.

Printing

Printing should be done with a good quality setting. Normal is fine for black and white but you'll want higher print quality for images. Make sure your print cartridge has plenty of ink and all the printer settings are aligned well.

Be Creative!

Use business card printing services to create cute coupons to include with customer orders!

Or Try Art Papers

There are a number of good heavy art papers that would look beautiful used in business cards.

My business cards, designed myself and printed by Overnight Prints.

My business cards, designed myself and printed by Overnight Prints.
My business cards, designed myself and printed by Overnight Prints.

Having Someone Else Do the Printing

Printing cards at home can be hit or miss, it depends a lot on the quality of your printer, how fresh/full your ink cartridge is, etc. If you don't want to do the printing yourself you have some options.

Print Shops: Most good sized towns have a print shop, either a small independent business or one of the large chain printers like Kinkos. They can usually print you off some cards for a reasonable price.

Online Printers: There are a number of companies online that will print your cards for you and usually for around the same amount as a printshop or less.

MOO does some really beautiful photo business cards and I had some printed by Zazzle in the past that were really great if you want to order 100 at a time (keep an eye out for their sales, you can sometimes get them for half price). Both of these services are a little pricier than some others but they have great online design tools if you aren't comfortable using software like Photoshop or the GIMP to design your card.

Currently I'm using OvernightPrints.com for my business cards, their premium cards are beautiful and very reasonably priced. Their one downside is their online design tools aren't that great, if you are comfortable designing your card entirely in a graphics program and then uploading the image file then it's a great option.

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      hours creative 15 months ago from Devon, England

      Recently i I make my own cards from afterhourscreativestudio.com. The service of After Hours Creative excellent and provide me an awesome business cards.

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      Jorge 2 years ago

      Great article!!

      Thanks for the link to OvernightPrints.com is awesome!!

      http://www.tarjetasdepresentacion.pe

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      i enjoy designing my own business cards as well as other promotional items for my books. great lens.

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      buildabeanie 4 years ago

      Thank you very much for this advise. I don't have much money and I've been wondering how I'll get business cards. Some options are so expensive.

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      theamazinghuman 4 years ago

      This is an wonderful article big thumbs up. If anyone is looking for other work from home jobs than check out my website. Unlimited possibilities! determine your own success. Achieve goals obtaining financial freedom, receiving rewards and recognition be your own boss.

      http://www.theamazinghuman.com

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      mockingbird999 4 years ago

      Personally, I like the zazzle ones. But I have printed my own before too.

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      jhouston 4 years ago

      Find ways to promote your business cards, that way you can generate more exposure and attention for your business. Try looking for display boards to put up your cards and make your cards stand out.

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      iwebmastery 4 years ago

      Great info, I'm going to print some out now!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Business cards are still important part of our image. And I noticed one more thing. Size does matter!

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      Dobbo 5 years ago

      Some good lens, some helpful tips to keep in mind for my next business printing job.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these tips, resources and example business cards. ~~Blessed~~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      awesome job on the lens,,,thanks for sharing

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Great ideas. I am bookmarking this lens and will back to read more and check out the free services you mentioned. Thanks and have a great day.

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      StaCslns 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great information! I didn't know about the softwares.

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      ImpartialGreg 5 years ago

      I recently did this myself, and had it printed by Moo. Great quality printing!

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      joebarcala 5 years ago

      Thank you for show me this.

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      plifeprint 5 years ago

      Nice lens and very informative. Thanks!

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      CLTAssistant 5 years ago

      I made my own business cards and I love them! Great Lens!

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      Craftybegonia 5 years ago

      Nice lens and very informative. Thanks!

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      Ahyat111 5 years ago

      Great hub, it's nice to know how i can do it myself. Thanks for the resources, keep t up ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Helpful links and information. Thanks

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      zari49 5 years ago

      Appreciate the links to free templates for biz cards....

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      mjburns 5 years ago

      Excellent Lens. Great job. Should save me some money too. ;)

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      naugleb 5 years ago

      Great Information!

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      AZAnderson 5 years ago

      Glad to see a offline marketing post with a QR code on the page. In a day of Smart Phones and busy humans it can mean the connection to your website before the card is lost in a wallet, just one bump or scan and you have their attention. Folks a great conversion technique is QR code to Video Greeting, turn your business card into a Video Business Card.

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Nice ideas you have here, as I think everyone aspiring to a better business model definitely needs some nice business cards to promote themselves.

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      themoneyways 5 years ago

      Yeah, Love this idea. I also have a "unique" job and am always looking for ways to save money. This is a no brainer as most "professional" business cards are not that unique anyway.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      liked this, fun hobby to do to if you needed something to do in your spare time. 'thumbs up' from this reader to you.

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      Deeksha 5 years ago

      Good one... Have to try it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really appreciate the leads. I need business cards and it helps to know what has worked for someone else. I am new to running a home business and I need all the help I can get.

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

      I also like to make my own business cards but I've not really tried zazzle. Thanks to the information in this lens, I will look into it further.

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      SandraGahlinger 5 years ago

      Thanks for compiling the templates.

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      moonlitta 5 years ago

      I think that your page along with the one about choosing the right name for your business are a must-read for any emerging entrepreneur! Angel Blessed***

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      Shawna 5 years ago from PA

      wow very great ideas here and details!! thanks for sharing!! :)

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      ruben77 5 years ago

      nice insider tips, thank you.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      Good Ideas.!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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      RedHotDesign 5 years ago

      Very nice!! Keep up the great work!

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      tstandiford 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, but have you ever considered Inkscape as a good option for creating a business card? It's a vector editor (similar to AI.) I frequently use both Inkscape and GIMP, and only design business cards with GIMP if it's going to use a lot of images instead of shapes.

      With permission, I'd like to share a list of awesome gimp tutorials I have compiled in this comment:

      http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-edit-photos-with-gim...

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Great ideas. Nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cool lens!

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      webcodez lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens, I'll need this in the future! (I hope :D)

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      grifith 6 years ago

      Very Good Lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you, Iâve recently been searching for info about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

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      jhardy2008 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing

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      ZigZagPrinciple 6 years ago

      I have honestly never thought about making my own cards, but now I might actually have to give it a try! There are lots of good ideas here! Thanks;)

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      glitterfrog 6 years ago

      Can't wait to design mine on Zazzle! Thanks for all the great info!

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      good lens...

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      theprintcenter 6 years ago

      Thank you for this great lens! I think it will help many people who are looking to design their own business cards.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I found this so helpful. Great resources. I'm going to try out the Businessland template maker and then maybe try designing my own cards.

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      cashprior 6 years ago

      I love how your lens combines the business-savvy aspect of biz cards with the fun of project-making! I'm definitely going to try making my own business cards.

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      careermom 6 years ago

      I've always gotten mine from VistaPrint but I like some of the designs from Zazzle so I'll probably give them a try.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Vista Print is a great place to get business cards online...

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Gilberto Galea 6 years ago from Willemstad

      Great lens, now, get to my own cards.

      Thanks by share

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      DundasData 6 years ago

      Outstanding ideas ... very creative :)

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      I love this lens Sheryl!

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      christene96 6 years ago

      that was all great as it is important to have business cards and thus you also made it easier for us how to make business cards. nice one :)

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      BadSoulPhotography 6 years ago

      Useful advice

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You can definitely save money by printing your own business cards, but as anyone that knows anything about business cards knows, it is imperative that your business cards are a reflection of your business professionalism. *SquidAngel Blessing*

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      czczcz 6 years ago

      Great Article! Thanks

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      gardeningchoice 6 years ago

      Thank you, I didn't know I could make cards with Zazzle!

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      Deeringboy LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for the valuable info!

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      global-sky 6 years ago

      I like the plan.

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      ezpostcard 6 years ago

      It is a good way to advertise your business too. For me, simplicity and attractiveness is very important.

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      slackira 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Nice idea! Thanks for the great info.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks again. i will be checking out all of your lenses to get your valuable tid bits.

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Once again, another lens chock-full of practical, helpful ideas and inspiration!

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      Gail47 6 years ago

      Sending angel dust your way! Good lens with plenty of helpful info. Thank you.

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      DachaiC 6 years ago

      Did you know that if someone has MS Word, there is a template for business cards? I use it to create drop cards on Office Depot business cardstock.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Great lens, very helpful!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wonderful lens, I love Zazzle too!

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      BusinessCardDesign 6 years ago

      Great lens. I have some lenses about business cards too. Hope you check them out :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thumbs Up!

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      Magicality LM 6 years ago

      If you don't feel like designing it yourself, but you do want original cards, try http:/www.moo.com/ ... I love them ...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for the info

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      Nitooki 7 years ago

      Awesome infos! Thank you for putting this together!

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      akee66 7 years ago

      I think it's great to make your own cards the lens i put out has tips for design as well come rate it sometime

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      creatingplanlifecycle 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your lens, after reading your article, I really want to have a business too.

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      youtubelistan 7 years ago

      I am going to start a new business about baby shoe! i want a suggestion on what my business card looks like? and i just want to know what are the photo editing software that are commonly use to generate a good result business card?

      Thanks in advanced!

      _________________

      Care Your Skin

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Very helpful lens! Most people neglect the driving power of business cards because of belief that it will not help the business per se. 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you very much for you ideas. They are very helpful!

      Once I tried a business card designer software, it can help me design my business card, but Its trial limitation is somewhat boring: watermark, 15-day-trial, and more. I must pay for that software before use it. I even write an article to introduce my experience: " Save big money on business card by DIY".

      It seems to save money, however, I make business card for myself, it seems spent more on business card. Anyhow, it will really save money for many many persons.

      I will try your way to make new business card!

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      Aika 7 years ago

      I just want my card to be simple yet creative. I use GIMP or Photoshop sometimes in creating business card for me and for my friends.

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      brutus1 lm 7 years ago

      Great info for Do it Yourselfers! I really liked your lens. Thanks you!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Very well put together and informative lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      CPAjunkie 7 years ago

      Great lens, very artistic on the business cards.

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      mitchking 7 years ago

      There are lots of printing companies on the web that make designing and printing your own business cards not only easy but affordable. These are still the easiest way to pass out your info and very effective at drumming up business.

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      jamesparker486 7 years ago

      great lens and also great ways to make your own Business Cards.i like the creativity of these cards.

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Excellent resource!

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      Sue Dixon 8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Thanks for this lens- I've had a pack of blanks for business cards for ages and not got round to using them- this will be avery helpful resource,

      Sue

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      Sheryl Westleigh 8 years ago from Maine

      [in reply to johnmerk] I agree for most businesses that you should have them printed. However I wrote this lens mainly for people running small businesses selling handmade products and are just starting out. The DIY ethic for handmade goods is pretty strong and I've seen some amazing homemade business cards. I have mine printed for me but I did all the design work myself.

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      Sheryl Westleigh 8 years ago from Maine

      [in reply to johnmerk] I agree for most businesses that you should have them printed. However I wrote this lens mainly for people running small businesses selling handmade products and are just starting out. The DIY ethic for handmade goods is pretty strong and I've seen some amazing homemade business cards. I have mine printed for me but I did all the design work myself.

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      johnmerk 8 years ago

      Great ideas. I would caution against home made cards for a business though. I figure if a person does not think their business is worth less than a hundred for prof cards why would a customer think their business is worth anything. It tells me they are getting their feet wet, which is perfectly ok but I would rather work with someone that will be around 5yrs from now.

      I'm going to be redoing cards soon and will be going with a clean design like these rounded business cards for some company named blit.

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      You're officially blessed!

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      Bharce 8 years ago

      Great lens!

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      PizmoBeach LM 8 years ago

      This is really useful. I wish I had discovered this lens before I ordered my business cards (which, unfortunately looked a lot better at the digital proof stage than in final print version).

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      Wow! Some of these cards are really creative originals! 5 *'s

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      Rick_S 8 years ago

      Great lens.....I also make my own cards for my several websites and I use the Avery design online and just print from there.

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      Nicely designed lens! 5*

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      BecomeAProfessi 8 years ago

      Another great lens - definitely 5 stars!