The Pro-Light Bumblebee PL-220 is a multi-featured professional backpack designed to provide the best carrying, storage and working solutions. Lightweight and Protective it will cater to the smallest detail of a professional's working needs. Specially formed foam encased spring steel Spine Guard runs down the front of the bag and an Aluminum Skeleton stave arcs across the mid section for ultimate structural protection.
Light yet durable RipStop fabrics & meshes, Aeriform foams and Spider Webbing straps all join together to create a protective and light backpack and the fantastic modularity allows you to make it even lighter by simply removing components that are not necessary for your everyday work. The main compartment is designed to hold 2 to 3 DSLR camera bodies + up to 8 lenses (space for up to 500mm but with tripod mount dismantled) + flash + many other accessories.
Use the modular Aeriform Dividers and Cocoon Pouches to custom fit your exact gear needs. Access to the main compartment can be from top, bottom or any other point so if you need to get to one specific item you do not have to open the entire bag and expose its content to prying eyes. Additional storage space is available in the large full length rear laptop slot (will fit most 17" laptops).
External top pocket and two side pockets will store personal effects such as phone, wallet, travel documents etc. These can also store small accessories you need rapid access too such as media cards, batteries or filter, while a flexible pocket on the other side will easily carry a water bottle. The double purpose pocket on the bottom front of the bag can be used either for additional storage or as a docking base to secure a small tripod.
Reviewed by 4 customers
Like all Kata products - this backpack was exceptional. Kata puts a lot of thought into their products; focusing on the end user. Unfortunately I returned to 220; it was too large to travel with. You would be hard pressed to stuff it into a overhead bin; it definitely wouldn't fit under a airline seat. I will continue to use my Kata DR 467, and will continue looking.
I use this bag to carry almost all my gears when I'm planning on doing varieties of photography. It is very well made and roomy to accommodate my gears. I love this backpack, however this not a backpack for casual photography. In other words, if you're planning to go to a park or some place like that where you would only need a lens or two, this backpack is really too much as it is quite heavy. My main reason for buying this is I'm taking a trip later this summer and I need to bring all my lenses and two bodies (batteries, charger and a flash as well). For that purpose, it is perfect because it is big enough to hold practically all I need to bring and keep them in the same place rather bringing multiple bags.
So far the bag has done everything that I need. I have been really just using it to store all my camera gear. It can hold a ton of stuff. The only issues I have is the material the straps are made of. With a jacket on they are not too much of an issue just a bit sticky. With a T-shirt on they kind chaff but I have not gone on any long hicks yet or traveled with it. It is well constructed, hold all my stuff and looks great. I will update when I have had more experience with it.
Great alternative to Pelikan case for transporting same amount of gear plus laptop