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Kata 3N1-33 Sling Backpack

The 3N1-33 sling backpack features a unique TST RIB structural protection for a DSLR with battery grip & long-range zoom lens attached as well as, 5-6 lenses, flash + laptop (up to 15.4") + personal gear.This unique bag provides ultimate freedom and allows for three carrying options in one while morphing from sling to backpack and back again. In sling position, the bag easily swings around from back to front to achieve quick draw access to your main camera and backup lenses as well as fast and easy changing of lenses. In backpack position and "X" position you can comfortably carry your equipment for long distance walking when needed.Arrange your equipment in the bottom main compartment of the pack taking full advantage of the modular dividers to custom fit the bag to your exact equipment.The large top compartment will hold personal gear or additional gear, and the internal pockets and mp3 player pouch will allow you to organize your personal effects as efficiently as your photographic gear. Two external pockets allow quick zippered access to accessories without opening the main compartments.The included rain cover folds neatly away into an integrated pocket and can be hung out to dry on the small buckle next to the handle, or tucked away for storage in one of the pockets. The sling backpack is also compatible with the Kata insertrolley (not included) when easy, wheel along transportation is needed.Dimensions:External Max Size: 12.6" L x 9.3" W x 18.1" HInternal Main Compartment: 11.6" L x 6.3" W x 11.8" HInternal Laptop Compartment: 10.6" L x 1.6" W x 16.5" H
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Review 1 for Kata 3N1-33 Sling Backpack
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A Good Sling/Backpack With Minor Annoyances
PostedFebruary 6, 2011
Rekd
from San Diego, Ca
Age: 45-54
Gender: male
Features
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
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Price/Value
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Quality
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Satisfaction
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4 / 5
Kata's 3in1 33 sling fills the bill for the price, but has several issues that can easily be addressed to make this the most bang for the buck when you want to carry your gear.
I'm carrying a body, a long zoom, the kit lens, a wide angle and a nfity fifty, with a flash, charger, extra battery, voice recorder, gloves, tools, pens/pad, filters, memory cards and 3 hoods. I still have room for a wide-screen laptop and power/mouse cables and haven't touched the top compartment yet!
It's big enough to carry my body with long lens attached but makes it difficult to detach and carry the big lens and carry the body with either the nifty fifty or the wide-angle inside the pack at the same time.
I've got a seperated AC and fractured clavicle in my right shoulder that never healed so using a sling option meant the left side. There's a small velcro tab on the main cover that holds the separators snug in the right hand configuration, but they don't line up in the left hand configuration.
I was able to keep my lens from falling through the gap by using an extra separator to cover the pocket, but this makes it difficult to access these pockets from the main opening.
There's no place safe to carry water (the side pockets aren't big enough). I don't want to carry it inside the back where it could leak and get on my weather-sealed camera and not-so-weather-sealed lenses. I'll have to get a special water bottle (or two) to attach to this while I'm shooting.
The zipper to the top compartment is pretty weak IMO. I'm sure this compartment will get packed pretty full so it will be put to the test for sure.
Over all I'm very happy with the bag, though I haven't taken it out in the field yet. For the price it has much of what I want, and I'm able to work around most of what it doesn't have.
Pros: Spacious, versatile, light weight, highly configurable
Cons: zipper on top weak/small, not symetrical, difficult to open back fully, lacking external attachments (for water etc)
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