Kata Pro-Light Bug-203 PL Quick Access Backpack for Pro DSLR Upto 300mm Lens Attached, 4-5 Lenses, Camera Body, Flash and Accessories + 15.4" Laptop

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About Kata Bug-203

The Pro-Light Bug-203 PL is a multi-featured professional backpack designed to provide quick access to your main DSLR. 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 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 unique design provides quick, separate access to your Pro DSLR with up to a 300mm lens attached. Additional 4-5 lenses, camera body, flash and other primary accessories fit snuggly in the circumference and specific dedicated compartments can be arranged using the Aeriform Dividers and Mesh pouches. Secondary accessories such as cables, chargers etc. fit neatly out of the way in the zippered pockets on the front flap.

Along the back a padded 15.4" laptop compartment is located, while additional storage is available in the multiple flat external pockets one of which is designated for a small water bottle.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Comfortable (3),Easily accessible equipment (3),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Protecting gear (3),Storing gear (3)

Kata Bug-203 Features

  • Elements Cover: The provided elements cover will protect your valuable equipment during extreme weather conditions. Simply install over the bag on the black side for rain protection, the silver side for heat deflection, or use as a dust cover
  • On Board: This bag complies with most airline regulations for carry-on luggage. Due to ever changing carry-on requirements please check with your airline carrier prior to departure
  • Laptop Compartment: This bag features a padded laptop compartment which will allow you to always have your computer at hand and easily accessible. Please check the Kata bag Chooser for compatible laptop models
  • Tripod Holder: The Kata tripod holder allows you never to leave your important tripod behind. Simply attach to the designated clips on the bag and put two legs of the tripod in the sling to comfortably carry your tripod along with you wherever your shot may be
  • Camera Strap: This feature allows you when carrying a Kata backpack to take the weight of your camera off your neck by attaching your camera to the straps of the backpack. Your torso carries the weight of the camera instead of your neck making for a much more comfortable shooting experience
  • Insertrolley Compatible: This bag is compatible with the Kata Insertrolley (sold separately) which is a simple yet ingenious system that allows you to either use the trolley separately or with several cases at once. KATA's patented extendable wheel system helps to better stabilize larger cases
  • Modi-Vers Compatible: This bag is customizable through the use of the modi-vers divider system. This allows you to protect your equipment while creating custom compartments to fit your unique equipment. You can cut custom dividers to fit whatever size you need to keep your equipment snug
  • EPH System Compatible: This bag is compatible with the Kata EPH system which will allow you to connect additional bags for extra carrying possibilities. You can add backpacks, torso packs or waist packs to any one of your Kata EPH system compatible bags
  • Lens Pillow: Take unwanted stress and provide support for your heavy video or photo lens with the lens pillow. Situate underneath the base of lens to comfortably support and protect your gear during transport
  • Aeriform Foam: Perforated super light laminated and reinforced EVA and EPE foams
  • Aluminium Skeleton: Formed Aluminium Alloy staves or frames for ultra light structural protection and perfect weight distribution
  • Gecko Harness: inimitable molded EVA foam harness straps feature 3D tapered thickness so as to provide extra cushioning where it counts, micro hatch texture secures position firmly and comfortably and shapely contour fits your body organically
  • Spine Guard: Specially formed foam encased spring steel spine for ultimate structural protection

Kata Bug-203 Specifications

Exterior: Ripstop nylon
Interior: Aeriform foam dividers and padding, Yelloop bright yellow material
Spider Webbing Straps: Nylon and polypropylene straps
Type of Closure
Carrying/Transport Options
Carry handle
Gecko backpack harness
Tripod Holder
Waist Belt
External Max Size Dimensions (L x W x H)
13.8 x 9.1 x 18.9 inches / 35 x 23 x 48 cm
Internal Main Compartment (L x W x H)
13.2 x 6.7 x 18.5 inches / 33.5 x 17 x 47 cm
Internal Extended Compartment(L x W x H)
13 x 1.6 x 13.8 inches / 33 x 4 x 35 cm
Max. Weight: 4.8 lbs / 2.2 Kg
Min. Weight: 3.3 lbs / 1.50 Kg

Kata Bug-203 Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


Incredibly well engineered bag!


from Navarre, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I am female and of small frame so I am always looking for ways to carry a fair amount of gear with minimal bulk. I bought this bag to replace a Tenba backpack that was just too bulky, square, and awkward. It's a given that camera equipment is heavy, and the more you want to take with you (especially the good glass) the worse it is to carry it on your back. However, the design of this bag is just awesome, and allows for very efficient use of space. For my first outing with the bag, I took on a cross country, multi stop trip. I loaded it with my D700 with battery grip attached and the following Nikon lenses: 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8, 14-24/2.8 zooms, and 18mm and 85mm primes. I also had all of the usual accessories...battery charger, cables, lens cleaning supplies, strap, memory cards. While out and about I was also able to fit my wallet, compact, and chap stick in the side pockets. The laptop sleeve on the back held my 15" Macbook Pro perfectly. I was able to put the bag in the overhead of an Embraer 145 regional jet, but not on a slightly smaller Canadair regional jet. However, it did fit under the seat in front of me on that flight. So if you are traveling on a plane, just don't sit in a front or bulkhead seat that doesn't have a seat in front of it and you should be fine. Of course on larger aircraft such as a 737 storage is no problem. Fully loaded, the bag weighed in at about 22 lbs. My main purpose here was to transport my equipment safely from point A to point B. I personally would not have wanted to carry this much gear on my back all day. If I had needed to do that I would have lightened the load by narrowing my choice of lenses. However, the weight of the bag was bearable, and didn't have the awkward feel on my back of my previous bag. The design and padding on the backside help it to contour to the body better and the padding on the straps helps to reduce the fatigue on the shoulders. There is a waist strap that also helps to distribute the load better, although I didn't use it all the time. I love that the inside of the bag is yellow rather than the usual black...it really does make a difference when you are looking for something. If I had one complaint so far I would say it is the positioning of the chest strap. For me it lands in a less than ideal position, even after I moved it to the highest position. Guys would have no problem with this. I will be taking this bag on a trip all around Switzerland in a few weeks and will update this review if I discover anything else!


A Must Have


from Florida  -  Photography Student

I upgraded from the Kata 467i after a friend suggested this bag. My first thought was why had I not made the switch sooner. This bag comfortably and compactly stores the essentials for any modest photographic outing. I've currently got a D600 with grip that can fit perfectly with either my 24-70mm or 70-200mm attached. There's still plenty of room for my SB-600 flash and 50mm, as well as the rain/sun cover and an extra body as the product description claims. I've also been able to lay my ThinkTank Hydrophobia rain cover on top of the aforementioned gear and zip up the bag without any problems should I ever need to do so in the future. The material feels solid as you'd expect from a Kata bag, despite what one of the other reviews says. Maybe that one was a lemon; it happens. The only thing I'm worried about is the zipper pullers (is that what they're called?). They seem a bit fragile. There's also a lot more extra storage for accessories than I expected. The tripod carrier pouch is well-made and looks very sturdy. I've yet to test it out as I'm in between tripods, but I have no doubt it'll do the job once I get a new one.


Sturdy, compact and comfortable


from Dallas, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Use for storage and can just grab and go with all equipment needed


Anything but "Pro"


from Chicago, IL  -  Pro Photographer

First, let's talk about the advantages to this bag: It's extremely comfortable, your gear is easily accessible, and anything you put inside it will be well protected. However, none of this really matters if the bag is falling apart. I purchased this bag for a three-day photo/video shoot where I would be traveling across the US with my Canon 5D Mark II and some minimal support gear. Prior to this trip, I engaged in several photo walks - none of which required me to pack out this bag completely -- but apparently, even extremely light can cause the seams to rip. One of the internal compartments has a roughly 1" hole thanks to this seam rip, and one of the exterior seams looks like it's about to pop open too. I'll be returning this bag, and doubt I'll purchase another Kata again.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
EDUARDO B  It can be used with Kata's trolley
Sergei T  Is Kata Pro-Light Bug-203 PL Quick Access Backpack an excellent choice for carrying 1 DSLR, 4-5 lenses, laptop, tripod and other accessories? I would value above all the comfort for day hiking and cycling. Could you recommend this backpack over Think Tank Pro StreetWalker or another backpack for active wear?
EDUARDO B  The Kata Bug is certainly good for what's advertised, if you can carry that amount of equipment while cycling or hiking. I'd say it depends more on you than on the bag, and the weight of what you'll be carrying. I'm using mine for traveling, and when I reach my destination, I leave the laptop and grab a smaller bag. The equipment you describe is just too much for me for a day of hiking/biking. You may want to investigate other Kata models which also use their modular EPH system. For instance, I use their small backpack and a belt-type bag, both attached to each other or separately, so that I can leave one of them depending on my needs for the day (but then, I don't usually carry the laptop with me). I carry the Bug in the plane with me, but when I arrive I prefer the other combo (I fill them up with other packing stuff and put them inside my suitcase). I'm not tall nor heavy, so I prefer smaller and lighter gear.
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