Kata D-3N1-30; 3" 1 Sling Backpack for D/SLR with Long Zoom Lens Attached & 5-6 Extra Lenses & Accessories

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About Kata

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (25),Comfortable (23),Adjustable harness (22),Roomy (21),Easily accessible equipment (19)
Cons:
Cumbersome (5),Hard to access equipment (3)
Best Uses:
Protecting gear (24),Transporting gear (23),Storing gear (20),Hiking (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (14),Semi-pro photographer (14)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Kata is the best

I bought this pack to go with my Nikon D700/24-70 rig, with room for more gear as I expand. This pack is perfect. I also have a Tamrac Cyberpack 6, which is a great pack, the same width and height as the Kata, but it protrudes so far from your back that it's hard to not knock into things as you turn. That will be my pack for when I have to bring EVERYTHING with me. By comparison, the Kata doesn't stick out so much, and seems to lay flatter against your back. This will be my every day carry-a-...

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I bought this pack to go with my Nikon D700/24-70 rig, with room for more gear as I expand. This pack is perfect. I also have a Tamrac Cyberpack 6, which is a great pack, the same width and height as the Kata, but it protrudes so far from your back that it's hard to not knock into things as you turn. That will be my pack for when I have to bring EVERYTHING with me. By comparison, the Kata doesn't stick out so much, and seems to lay flatter against your back. This will be my every day carry-a-camera-safely-and-discreetly pack. The fact that the upper half of the pack is open storage rather than beset with dividers is also nice for carrying non photo-related stuff. In terms of quality this pack is top-notch. I really like the yellow interior, as it definitely does make it easier to see what's in there. The materials, both interior and exterior, are very good, and seem like they would hold up very well to rugged use. It is also very comfortable to sling over your shoulder by one strap in backpack rather than slingpack mode, and seems to stay in place better than other packs as well. The only real complaint I have is that I wish the padding on the bottom of the pack and the divider between the photo gear compartment and the upper compartment was thicker/stiffer, but this more personal preference than anything else. It can be a little tricky arranging the dividers in the photo compartment due to the fact that the back flap doesn't open quite as far as you'd need it to to make it easy, but once you get things situated, it's no longer much of a concern. The lack of a laptop compartment was not a concern for me. One feature that doesn't seem to get talked about, but should, is the way you can tuck unused straps into the back of the pack so they aren't in the way or getting caught on things as you walk by (like thieving hands). The reason we chose this bag instead of a smaller version is the picture that is shown. We have that same setup - a Canon DSLR with a 70-200 Æ’/2.8L IS USM lens, and this is clearly the right size for that camera/lens. Even though it is mostly used for the slightly smaller Nikon setup that we have, the Canon will probably be in this pack from time to time, and we figured we'd just get the bag we know will fit the goods. This is by far the best pack or bag I've used for photo gear. You can be sure that any carry needs I have in the future will be met by Kata bags.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good ideas, poor execution

I bought this backpack because I wanted something with a little more non-photo space than the Lowepro Fastpack 250 that I've been using for several years. I also thought it would save some weight by not having a laptop compartment, which I don't use when I go out into the woods. I put my gear into the Kata D-3N1-30 and headed out into the woods for a day of shooting. The new backpack failed to be a useful pack in every way possible. First, it actually has less non-photo storage than my old pa...

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I bought this backpack because I wanted something with a little more non-photo space than the Lowepro Fastpack 250 that I've been using for several years. I also thought it would save some weight by not having a laptop compartment, which I don't use when I go out into the woods. I put my gear into the Kata D-3N1-30 and headed out into the woods for a day of shooting. The new backpack failed to be a useful pack in every way possible. First, it actually has less non-photo storage than my old pack. That's not a design failure, of course, but it would be helpful if there were measurements in the description here to help a buyer know the actual size of the pack. But here are the design problems I encountered with this pack: 1. No water bottle holder. Anyone going for a hike with photo equipment is going to need to take something to drink. Not providing a way to carry that bottle on the pack is a problem. There are two small zipped pockets at the top sides of this pack. They seemed to be large enough to hold bottles, so I used them to carry my drinks. But when my last bottle of Gatorade tumbled over a cliff while I was trying to get the pack on my back I decided that those pockets really will not work for that purpose. 2. The harness tries to do too many things and as a result does none of them well. The straps are not wide enough to be comfortable. They are attached too far apart at the top. A normal arrangement with the straps like most packs results in the straps wanting to slide off the shoulders. The crossed arrangement with one strap is uncomfortable for any distance and allows the pack to flop around too much when doing things like scrambling across rocks or up and down cliffs. The idea of crossing both straps across the chest…well, that's just not going to work, is extremely uncomfortable and nearly impossible to get in and out of. 3. The zippers don't work. I like the idea of being able to swing the pack around to the side and access my camera. That works just fine with my Lowepro pack. It doesn't work at all with the Kata because the zippers are nearly impossible to open. The padding around the gear isn't stiff enough, allowing the zippers to fold and jam…I could never get access to the camera without taking the pack off. Total design fail. Another problem caused by the weak padding is that once the camera was out of the pack the lenses on either side of the camera would move their padded partitions into the camera's space…so then it was nearly impossible to get the camera back into the pack. It required way more force than I like to exert on my camera to shove those lenses aside and push the camera back into its spot in the bag. This bag looks great on paper, but does not even begin to perform in the field. Mine will never go into the woods on my back again. It will live in the studio and be used for storage of gear that I don't use often. I guess I'll go look again at the Lowepro Fastpack 350 and see if it might do what I want. I wish they made a 300 without the laptop pocket.

Reviewed by 28 customers

 
5.0

Nearly perfect bag for my needs

By

from Indiana  -  Photo Enthusiast

Used to carry D7000 with 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached. I also carry 1-2 more lenses and a couple of flashes. I tried the Tamrac Evolution 9, but it was too large. Since I didn't need the ability to carry a laptop too this was an excellent match.

 
5.0

Awesome camera bag, very well built

By

from Highland Park, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very well built, ingenious design. I was looking for a long time to buy a camera bag to carry all my equipment and nothing was perfect... until I found KATA brand. They have a huge collection of camera and video bags, each one good for a purpose. For what I was looking for, this is PERFECT! It is so easy to access my gear, I wonder how I could live so many years without it! Of course, it can get very heavy if you pack everything you have in it! Maybe not good for all-day photo trip, but perfect as a carry on when flying or on car trips.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A good urban bag

By

from Alexandria, VA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought the Kata to use as a sling on family outings. With two young kids, I don't have time to set down a backpack and rummage through gear. I wanted to be able to carry snacks for the kids as well, and keep that separate from the camera gear. Prior to buying this, I used a backpack almost exclusively for years. I tried shoulder bags years ago and gave up on those as horribly uncomfortable and awkward. I have a small belt pack but I got tired of having to adjust it with each season (wearing more or less clothing). This Kata is comfortable to wear as a sling, and I can access the camera fairly easily without having to take it off and set it down in crowded areas. It is easy to adjust the length of the sling, to tighten it up when it is on your back, or loosen it to sling it around front. It can be configured as a backpack as well, or double sling. I just use it as a sling bag. The design allows you to sling it on either side, and get access to your gear from either side, but you have to pick which side you will use, and reconfigure the dividers inside if you want to switch. I find it is still best to set it down for lens changes. On outings with the kids, I rarely try to carry more than one lens. In sling mode, you basically have access to the camera + attached lens, and two other lenses on either side. If you create many compartments for more lenses, you'll have to set it down and open it more completely to access them. The specs say 5-7 lenses can be carried, but these would be small lenses. With pro lenses that use 72mm (or larger) filters, you won't carry as many. 3-4 is more reasonable. If you really want to carry a bunch of lenses and change them often, you are better off with a standard backpack. It is deep enough to use a 70-200 f/2.8 or 100-400 attached to the body (hood reversed). It can handle a pro body. The bottom line: it is a good urban bag.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bag!

By

from Johnson City, TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

This bag really met my needs as I was wanting to be able to carry my gear when I went hiking and bike riding. This bag is very comfortable when it is on you, even with as large as it is. Speaking of its size, it holds a wonderful amount of material. I like to keep two cameras in the lower part (D3100 with a grip and a Nikon FE), an Sb-600, a 28mm 2.8 ais, and a 55-200mm. It holds all of this and is not full. In the top compartment, I hold my rain covers (for the backpack and my family), a little tripod for my point and shoot, plus other miscellaneous items. The bottom compartment keeps my equipment snug. I also appreciate the ability to configure the bottom to be able to fit specific needs of the equipment I carry. I am still getting used to how to configure this bag (since it is my first backpack), but that is not the bag's issue. Overall, after much research, this is the bag that I chose and I am glad I did. If you are like me and you want a good sized, durable, and comfortable bag, then I highly recommend this one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally, a PRACTICAL photo backpack

By

from CO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've used this pack extremely hard for the last year or so-no breakdowns of zippers, stitching, straps, or fasteners. It has rubbed against sandstone, been in downpours, taken a beating bushwacking thru scrub oak and showws little wear and tear. I carry an A850 w lens attached, several extra lenses, flash, filters, etc in the lower section and H2O, a jacket, batteries, lighters etc in the upper section and us velcro straps to attach a tripod to the handle and ring on the back.

 
5.0

Versatile and quality

By

from South Africa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Six stars. Very happy with it and have recomended it to a friend who is also very happy with it. Fits all my most important gear perfectly. Easy to customise and quick to get to gear. Love it!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Never ending backpack

By

from Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

At first this backpack looks like you may never fill it up... Cavernous is a good word. I currently fit 2 Nikon DSLR's, both with lenses on and 2 extra lenses. 1 Nikon 700 speedlight, battery packs, filters and hoods. That's just in the main compartment. The top section holds my flash brackets, filters, SDHC cards, remotes and more. It has great straps for a sling or conventional fit and will fit onto those small folding hand trucks.

 
5.0

The bag search stops here for now...

By

from murrieta,ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I've gone through a lot of bags to end up here. I've tried most of the other bag manufactures. None of them felt quite right. This one does feel right. Honestly I hadn't heard a lot about Kata until I got sick of my last bag. Most bags to me were either to big for what they carried or not big enough to be usefull to me. I do alot of urban gorilla photography so quick access to my equipment is crucial. It's just as important for me getting the camera out of the bag as it is getting the camera back in the bag. These are all important factors for me. The space needs to be usefull and not wasted. I need room but not wasted space. It was difficult finding a bag that will accomodate my pro body with my 24-70 with lens hood attached that wasn't a suit case. Most bags are heavy in this class but this has got to be one of the lightest bags I've ever come across. Strong, light, roomy without looking like a tank..

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good ideas, poor execution

By

from Dayton, OH  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this backpack because I wanted something with a little more non-photo space than the Lowepro Fastpack 250 that I've been using for several years. I also thought it would save some weight by not having a laptop compartment, which I don't use when I go out into the woods. I put my gear into the Kata D-3N1-30 and headed out into the woods for a day of shooting. The new backpack failed to be a useful pack in every way possible. First, it actually has less non-photo storage than my old pack. That's not a design failure, of course, but it would be helpful if there were measurements in the description here to help a buyer know the actual size of the pack. But here are the design problems I encountered with this pack: 1. No water bottle holder. Anyone going for a hike with photo equipment is going to need to take something to drink. Not providing a way to carry that bottle on the pack is a problem. There are two small zipped pockets at the top sides of this pack. They seemed to be large enough to hold bottles, so I used them to carry my drinks. But when my last bottle of Gatorade tumbled over a cliff while I was trying to get the pack on my back I decided that those pockets really will not work for that purpose. 2. The harness tries to do too many things and as a result does none of them well. The straps are not wide enough to be comfortable. They are attached too far apart at the top. A normal arrangement with the straps like most packs results in the straps wanting to slide off the shoulders. The crossed arrangement with one strap is uncomfortable for any distance and allows the pack to flop around too much when doing things like scrambling across rocks or up and down cliffs. The idea of crossing both straps across the chest…well, that's just not going to work, is extremely uncomfortable and nearly impossible to get in and out of. 3. The zippers don't work. I like the idea of being able to swing the pack around to the side and access my camera. That works just fine with my Lowepro pack. It doesn't work at all with the Kata because the zippers are nearly impossible to open. The padding around the gear isn't stiff enough, allowing the zippers to fold and jam…I could never get access to the camera without taking the pack off. Total design fail. Another problem caused by the weak padding is that once the camera was out of the pack the lenses on either side of the camera would move their padded partitions into the camera's space…so then it was nearly impossible to get the camera back into the pack. It required way more force than I like to exert on my camera to shove those lenses aside and push the camera back into its spot in the bag. This bag looks great on paper, but does not even begin to perform in the field. Mine will never go into the woods on my back again. It will live in the studio and be used for storage of gear that I don't use often. I guess I'll go look again at the Lowepro Fastpack 350 and see if it might do what I want. I wish they made a 300 without the laptop pocket.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No THAT's a bag.

By

from Southeast Idaho  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great bag/pack. Its big (ok that might be a downside, but if you have a lot of stuff, the bag is going to be big, right!) and can handle a full frame DSLR with 70-200 lens. I like all of the redundancy so that if a zipper fails, for example, there is a buckle backup. Or if you forget to zip one zipper all the way, the buckle and the other 1/2 of the zipper are still in-play. It is really padded and I feel very comfortable having the equipment inside. Great brand, great bag

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
CRAIG M  Didn't like the Tamtac evolution I ordered .
ANDREA P  Will this hold a camera with battery pack grip?
MARK R  Yes it should. I am using a Nikon D-90 with a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 zoom and it fits into the bag easily, much like the picture shown on the site. There is about one to two inches of space still left around the camera body and a battery grip should fit nicely. The only minor issue I've run into is with the tripod mount on the lens. It sometimes snags as I slide the camera/lens into the case. I just turn the camera a bit and then it fits just fine.
Carol C  Will it carry a Nikon D3 with a 70-200 attached?
JAMES A  I have a 70/200 on my Nikon D80 along with a 25/70, a 105, and a 1.7 multiplier. I might have room for one more len but it starting to get heavy.

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