I received the Kata KT DR-467 Digital Rucksack bag a few days before leaving for New Orleans and have been using it non stop ever since. This has to be my favorite camera bag out of the 4 I currently own, but it could be better.
This bag style definitely matches my personality more than the one by Lowepro and in my opinion doesn’t scream “Hey, I have a nice camera here”.
The upper portion of the backpack has more space available than I thought it would and maybe a little more than it should. On my trip I was able to easily carry my speedflash, extra batteries, a mini tripod. In the cell phone compartment I stowed my card reader and usb cable. The larger pouch on the right contained my built in flash diffuser and lens cleaning cloth. This setup works, but I think the mesh type compartments in the upper half of the Slingshot 300 might be more functional for my gear.
Having the ability to tote my laptop in the same bag as my camera was the number one reason I purchased this bag. I was very impressed with how easy it is to access this compartment. I honestly thought it was going to be difficult to place and remove the laptop since the shoulder straps are attached above the zippered compartment. The straps fold over easily making them unobtrusive.
The small mesh bag on the side of the backpack is about worthless. The pictures on their website show it holding a can of compressed air. I don’t know any photographers who use compressed air and can’t think of any reason I would carry it around with me. I tried to put both a bottle of water and a 20 drink in it while out in NOLA, but the elastic wouldn’t stretch enough to fit. I suppose you might be able to pocket one leg of your tripod into it but haven’t had the time or need to try this yet. A smarter use of this pocket would be to hold the rain poncho and have it attached for a simpler deployment. The poncho only fits one way which could cause a delay while implementing, this could be an issue if you needed to put it on quickly.
The three front compartments were a nice touch and contain a surprising amount of space. With my initial inspection of the bag I thought they would be handy for paper, notepads, small odds and end. I ended up packing up all my extra memory cards in one of them. My speed flash stand, camcorder remote, Camera rain poncho, and charger for my phone in the center. Extra batteries in the other side.
The bottom compartment contains adjustable padding for creating compartments for different pieces of gear. I left mine set basically the way it came adjusting only the center front space to allow for the diameter of my lens. I really like the way this section “pops” open at close to a 45 degree angle when unzipped. This feature makes it easy to get the gear stored here. I think this compartment needs to have about a half inch to an inch more height. After placing the camera into the bag in the position shown you need to lift the upper half of the bag while closing the lower compartment area. This appears to only effect the lip of the zippered edge as it wasn’t difficult to close the bag and I didn’t feel like I was forcing it shut.
My bag ended up weighing in at 20 lbs before I left. I would love to let you know how it felt, but I feel that I can’t fairly judge that at this time. I was also carrying a very heavy hand back that might have caused the discomfort I was feeling while wearing it.
I did wear it while out for two of the days I was in NOLA when I was concerned with the weather. During these trips I had removed the laptop and all unnecessary items. I would guess that it weighed about 10 pounds during these trips and I was never uncomfortable while wearing it.
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