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Best Free Math Apps for Kids

Updated on July 1, 2015
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Heidi Reina, M.S., Ed, is an educational technology integrator and former teacher, reviewing free educational websites and apps.

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Free Math iPad and Android Apps for Kids and Students

These 16 free math apps include games that will help your child or student master basic math and algebra skills. Some provide calculator and formula reference tools. Some are designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and some work on Android devices and Kindle Fire. They're great for the car, doctor's waiting room, sibling ball games, and homework.

Research on math apps shows that your child's basic math skills can improve by playing these games. I have observed that my students work harder and longer on math problems in a game app than they do on problems on worksheets. And that concentrated effort is what improves their basic math skills and test scores.

Free apps usually include a small bit of advertising. Or they are a starter set of more comprehensive math games and lessons. Either way, these apps provide lots of learning fun before you spend real money for educational apps.

I do my best to ensure this list is current and that the apps are free. Sometimes developers begin charging for an app that was previously free. If you see one listed that is no longer free, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Where to Get the Apps

Kid Mode Play + Learn app
Kid Mode Play + Learn app

Kid Mode: Play + Learn - Basic number skills

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades PreK-3

Kid Mode: Play + Learn is an all-inclusive award-winning app designed for use by children from age 2-8. Familiar cartoon characters engage kids in games to help them learn their numbers, counting, shapes, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, place value, and telling time. Characters from PBS Kids, Disney, Thomas the Train, Teletubbies, Blues Clues and Winnie the Pooh help to keep the kids engaged and the learning fun. This app has lots of great activities for reading skills too!

Quick Overview of Kid Mode

Rocket Math app
Rocket Math app

Mathmateer Free - Multiple math skills

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grades preK-6

Take a space adventure to learn many math skills with the award-winning Mathmateer Free (formerly Rocket Math) app. You design your own rocket and fly to the stars, learning about numbers, counting, money, telling time, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, 3D shapes and even a bit of algebra.

Kid Math Game app
Kid Math Game app

Kid Math Games - Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades preK-5

The Kid Math Game app helps kids practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in an arcade-type game. Kids match equations to the correct number. You can play solo or against another child or parent. And you can choose to include negative numbers in the mix.

The Kindle Fire is great for Math apps and games

Kindle Fire HD 7", HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HD 7", HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

Many of the free apps listed here are available on Amazon They work great on the Kindle Fire! And Amazon also has free ebooks for children and apps for beginning readers.

 
Let's Do the Math app
Let's Do the Math app

Let's Do the Math

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades K-5

Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with Let's Do the Math app that has the look and feel of a math worksheet. Unlike a worksheet, it's customizable for difficulty level and types of skills practiced. In addition to basic operations, there are comparisons (<,>,=) and simple word problems for which your child writes out a math sentence and solves. To customize, you select the number of problems in each problem type, range of numbers and grade level.

Peter Pig's Money Counter app
Peter Pig's Money Counter app

Peter Pig's Money Counter - Coin counting

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades K-5

In Visa's Peter Pig's Money Counter app you count and sort coins into jars to earn virtual money. Learn some facts about money while you play. The jar concept is a wonderful idea and can be replicated with actual coins and jars at home for hands-on learners - something I urge parents to do for their kinesthetic learners.

Counting Coins and Bills app
Counting Coins and Bills app

Counting Coins and Bills app - counting money

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grades K-5

In K12's Counting Coins and Bills app kids get lots of practice with money skills. In addition to counting money, kids make change as cashiers, and they calculate equivalent amounts, using different valued coins. The difficulty level ranges from the most basic counting up to $20 to more complex problems, making change up to $99. Students can see just the front or the fronts and backs of bills and coins.

iSolveIt MathScaled app
iSolveIt MathScaled app

iSolveIt MathSquared and MathScaled apps

for iPad

The folks at CAST have created a couple of outstanding apps to help ready students for algebra and math by playing with logic puzzles. Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the iSolveIt apps focus on logical thinking and reasoning skills. These apps are perfect for kids who dislike math or have a math phobia. Because they are puzzles, they can be played by both children and teens, building from the simple to the complex.

In the MathScaled app, students learn to recognize patterns and relationships that are a key component of understanding algebraic concepts. They do this by placing shapes on a scale until the scale is balanced. Both the complexity of scales and shapes increases as students progress through the puzzles.

The MathSquared app is based on KenKen puzzles. Kids use basic math operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - as well as logic and problem solving to fill a grid. A number can only appear once in each row and column. The complexity of the puzzle increases as the number of squares in each grid increase.

How to Use MathScaled

Algebra Tutor Android app
Algebra Tutor Android app

Algebra Tutor

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades 6-12

A useful app for prealgebra and algebra students is Algebra Tutor. It provides 10 lessons and 13 practice topics, guiding kids through step-by-step solutions. Lots of practice problems and instant feedback make it easier to learn algebra concepts.

Quick Graph app
Quick Graph app

Quick Graph - Calculus

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grades 10-12+

The Quick Graph app from KZ Labs is a visual graph calculator. It plots 2D and 3D mathematical expressions for calculus. Rotate, translate, enlarge and shrink your plotted diagrams. Customize colors and shading.

iFormulas app
iFormulas app

iFormulas - Algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grades 8-12+

The iFormulas app by Brendan Winter is a good quick reference. It has over 380 formulas, definitions, laws, and properties for algebra, calculus, chemistry, geometry and trigonometry.

Free Graphing Calculator app
Free Graphing Calculator app

Free Graphing Calculator - Algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grades 9-12+

The Free Graphing Calculator app is a scientific and graphing calculator by William Jockusch. It includes a unit converter and constants for scientific calculations. There's also a reference lookup for formulas in algebra, differential and integral calculus, geometry, trigonometry, vectors, vector calculus, and classical mechanics.

Math Ref Free app
Math Ref Free app

Math Ref Free - Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability & statistics

Android, Kindle Fire

Grades 9-12+

The Math Ref Free app, by Happy Maau Studios, has formulas for algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics, and financial. There are 600 helpful equations and notes. The app also includes multiple examples, a quadratic equation solver and a z solver.

LearningReviews Math list
LearningReviews Math list

Looking for more free Math games?

LearningReviews lists more than 400 interactive math learning games and websites for kids. Most of those listed here are free. They are organized by topic areas which include Number operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide), fractions, decimals, percentages, geometry, measurements, pre-algebra & algebra, pre-calculus & calculus, telling time, data handling, patterns, symmetry, money & finances and business accounting.

6 More Free Math Apps

Fractoid | Amazon Appstore for Android

Grades 6-12, Create amazing fractal images using multiple equations and renders Mandelbrot and Julia Set fractals, Escape-time, Triangle Inequality Average, and Curvature Estimation algorithms.

Geometrics | Amazon Appstore for Android

Grades 3-12, Create beautiful geometric patterns using polar graphing, angles, circles, trigonometric functions, and color fades. The geometric patterns are controlled by three parameters.

Fun Math Tricks Lite: Amazon Appstore for Android

Grades 4-12, Learn 10 clever math tricks for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

Awesome Arithmetic Free | Amazon Appstore for Android

Grades 1-5, This app can replace those decks of flash cards for practicing basic number operation skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Pick how many digits you want to work with.

Kids Numbers and Math Lite | Android Apps on Google Play

A fun way for kids to learn numbers and build basic math skills, addition and subtraction. This app is now optimized for both phones and tablets.

Mathmatiz - Android Apps on Google Play

Scientific graphing calculator, including complex numbers, trigonometry functions, matrices, and more.

Do your kids use math apps?

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      Heidi Reina 21 months ago from USA

      Hi Jeff, always helpful to hear about new free math apps. Visually, the app is appealing. The game covers basic math addition skills using numbers 0-9. I see some games are locked, as are subtraction, multiplication and division, which, I assume, are features to be purchased. The biggest drawback I see to the games are the worded instructions and prompts. They are beyond the reading level of children learning beginning math facts. So the game requires the assistance of an older person to read the instructions. Also, I think the box dropping game needs to be somehow connected the questions the child answers correctly.

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      Jeff Holmes 21 months ago

      We have a free kids Math game called Box Drop Math Addition, a fun game for mastering math facts that is now free in all the app stores! We'd love to hear what you think of it: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/box-drop-math-addi...

      Check out our trailer on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrBLlFxR4Ao

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      Heidi Reina 22 months ago from USA

      Thanks for the tip, James, and for the link. Looks like a very useful math app!

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      James 22 months ago

      Sorry for missing the link of the app...

      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/triangle./id102439...

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      James 22 months ago

      Hi,

      I am a senior high school student and I just finished this iOS app named "Triangle." This is an app that teaches students about the four centers of a triangle. Students can watch how the centers move around on the screen by dragging the vertices. I once had a hard time learning this chapter when I was in 9th grade. It was difficult to imagine the centers in so many different positions, especially those outside the triangle area. So I was thinking that maybe you could try it and include it in your blog, or maybe even recommend it to other teachers so that students who have the same problem as I did can learn about this topic faster. They might find out that math isn't as hard as they thought it was! Thanks in advance!

      Best regards, James

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      Heidi Reina 22 months ago from USA

      I played this with my daughter and found it to be interesting and challenging. It would certainly be useful in a classroom math center rotation for children learning addition fact families in grades 1, 2 and 3. Thank you for sharing it, David.

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      David 22 months ago

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XrzEJGWYgk

      I am curious if you would try it out and share on your blog?

      The basics for the game of TicToku was initially developed around 2005 by Dr. Richard Shuntich. He developed TicToku(originally called 7-to-11) primarily with the intent of teaching his grandchildren basic math and strategy skills in a competitive, quick-play game.

      Dr. Shuntich was a psychology professor at Eastern Kentucky University and had a real passion for education, kids, and challenging puzzles. He published Richard’s Riddles word puzzles for many years in his local newspaper, The Richmond (KY) Register, and he was always searching for new ways to engage, educate, and challenge people’s minds.

      Around the time of the development of TicToku, Sudoku was the Shuntich family’s game of choice. Since Sudoku doesn’t allow play against one another and some of his younger grandchildren had difficulty with Sudoku, Dr. Shuntich developed a two-player game that used similar concepts to Sudoku but could be played competitively by kids and adults alike similar to Tic Tac Toe. Within a short period of time, the game of TicToku was born. One of Dr. Shuntich’s sons, Douglas Shuntich, put together a game board with magnetic pieces for each player’s numbers. The grandchildren loved playing the game and were learning math and strategy skills at the same time.

      After Dr. Shuntich passed away in 2011, another son, Dan Shuntich, became committed to developing and launching an App for TicToku. Now in App form, the mission of TicToku remains the same as Dr. Shuntich’s original vision, to help educate and challenge minds. The App is free to download, profits earned from TicToku’s in-game advertising donated to causes Dr. Shuntich supported (e.g., education).

      I am curious if you would try it out and share on your blog?

      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id982909445

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      ZhangEr 2 years ago

      The next time your kid(s) asks to borrow your phone or tablet for a game of this or that, let him try out this free and colorful 2 Mins Math for Kids! app instead (or as a precondition to his game of this or that).

      2 Mins Math for Kids! is a simple, straightforward, quick and engaging math exercise session that gives your child an opportunity to practice with all the four essential math operations i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for a turbocharged and educational 2 minutes.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....

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      ShvagerFM 2 years ago

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      amy-marinkovic 3 years ago

      Yea my son uses one maths app on his android tablet. It is a fun game like app to learn how to do Long division, quite frankly when he asked me to help I felt the floor open up on me lol. I said its been 25 years since i last thought about Long Division. So i went about searching the Google Apps store for guidance. The one that jumped out at first, mainly due to its colours and cartoon like characters can be found on this website longdivisionmadeeasy.com only took a few minutes for him to master the formula then he was away. Saved me getting all stressy :-)

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      nicolap21 3 years ago

      Yes my kids do, the best so far was an app called Gurgle Numbers for iPad.

      Can't remember the address but the website is Gurgleapps.com

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      LearnKidstoRead 3 years ago

      Great lens thanks for the info. Will check out these games out with my son who is struggling with math. Sue

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      perscorp 3 years ago

      Hi All, Our educational kids' app: "Ice Math Ninja" It will be free from Nov5 until Nov7 at: http://www.pers.com/a/pr/pookie_tushka_imn_app.htm...

      Please check it out!

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      klbhokie 3 years ago

      Great lens. My daughter likes Squeebles. She is very motivated to collect the cute fury monsters.

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      simply-accounting 3 years ago

      great post, these apps are very useful for kids, it will make them love maths not forced to learn it.

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      Jeremy 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      My 6-year-old just started using beluga math today. He's totally into it. The app is challenging him beyond what he has already learned in school. The cookie-monstery voice annoys me, but the little guy doesn't mind it.

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      drmattshepard 3 years ago

      great lens, I can tell you put work into it.

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      trinimatt 3 years ago

      Great lens, very informative

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      tahirmahmood 3 years ago

      good information

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      That's a nice list of apps. Another game worth looking into is "Number Up: The cool math game". It's a really fun game that is based on connecting numbers to reach a target sum.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great list. My daughter uses who is in 8th grade uses EduGain Math practice app on Android and it is really useful.

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      360technosoft 4 years ago

      you have shared very nice math apps for kids. Thanks for these great collection...

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      LaunchMath 4 years ago

      Great addition to facilitate learning in the highest regard. May incorporate this into our own education curriculum.

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      iMANDY 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Excellent lens! My children love using the all of learning apps on their iPods, I will definitely download these apps that we don't already have. :)

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      jillian22 4 years ago

      I absolutely love this lens! So useful - I cannot wait to share with colleagues.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Yes, I bought my granddaughter a tablet (Android) for Christmas and she has only educational apps on there - not that she realises that of course!

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      normal lm 4 years ago

      These Application seems to be great. Today only i will download the application.

      Thanks for the information.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Try NaN Geometry Solver (Google Play). You can use fractions, roots and Pi number.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There's a new app - Little Professor. It's an emulation of the famous TI toy.

      Look for Little Professor in the google play store.

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      qualityweb 4 years ago

      This lens is really great but my personal knowledge in maths is very low but then also I still love doing it.

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      latishaalford 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips.

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      travelerme 4 years ago

      I just made a lens about Addition, Subtraction, Mutiplication, Division and I wanted opinions about it.

      http://www.squidoo.com/fun-math-problems

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @kpp2385: their re very nice apps discovered for maths for kids and it is definitely help for to salve Math problems for kids.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      am being inspired by you guyz to come up with math apps

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      try math for kids made by 360Sages - very nice app!!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      These are great for home school kiddos, too!

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      zoomincalculus 4 years ago

      Always looking for math apps. Thanks!

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      No, but my youngest one should! Great lens!

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      KayeSI 4 years ago

      What a great site for a geeky grandma to find some new and useful apps to help my grandkids with their math. Thank you! :) I'm off to add some to my iPhone!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No, but I do! A grampa that wants to stay sharp!

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      kpp2385 5 years ago

      In such a less time Android is catching up fast, apps for almost everything. very nice collection

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      I didn't know there was so much for Android! Great! I have only worked with iPad reviewing kids apps with video, educational apps - Come visit!

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      mayankjain20 5 years ago

      You should also look at "Splash math" on the Apple App Store. Splash Math apps are available for Grade 1 to Grade 4. They follow common core standards curriculum and covers math from addition, subtraction all the way up to fractions and algebra.

      Great way to practice math!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      All those are great as long as make the kids think vs. giving them a direct solution.

      About the idea that learning must be "a funny game" it is true at early age, but not a universal solution on learning, as in life not everything is a game, and definitely not everything we must do is funny. I make this comment under the impression I get visiting a friend who has a kid who finished college last year and is doing nothing.

      I ask gentry "what you like to do", the answer was "I don't know, I am not prepare for a 8 hour job"... so maybe she discovered that a job is not a fun game...

      You make a great lens putting together all the apps and describing them.

      Thanks

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Great lens! Kids would love these math apps.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I know there's an app for just about anything but never knew about these math ones before. Well presented, thank you! :)

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I don't have kids, but would love to play with those advanced math apps.

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      great info source

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      great info source

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sure wish these math apps had been available when I was homeschooling my kids but I'm glad they are here now to make learning math fun and you have presented them so very invitingly! Blessed.

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      Coopstar 5 years ago

      I used to love math games when I was a kid! Great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi,

      You should also look at "maths bug" on the Android. Covers basic maths all the way up to fractions, shapes and algebra - many modes of play with built in help, tips and tricks. Great way to improve mental maths ability. Includes full stats and world wide high score tables. Works well on phones and tablets.

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      EducationInfo4U1 5 years ago

      WOW so many cool apps. Great lens for reference, especially since kids nowadays are always on computers. Thanks!

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      APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

      Wish we had these when we were kids. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Educational material is great ... *blessed*!

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Great topic! This may pin me as a geek, but I looooooooved math games as a kid!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Excellent information here - I'll have to tell some of my friends with kids about these! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Yes. Great lens. Love all the choices.

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