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Kata KT D-3N1-30 Sling/Backpack (Black)

by KATA

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  • Easily convert your 3N1 from a right-handed sling to a left-handed sling or a backpack
  • Features "Thermal Shield Technology" to ensure optimal camera protection
  • Included rain cover folds neatly away into an integrated pocket
  • Fast, one handed camera access with "Quick Release Buckle"
  • Waist strap is included to provide maximum comfort to your back when using the 3N1 in backpack mode

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 7.5 x 17.7 inches ; 4.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001BP1YEE
  • Item model number: KT D-3N1-30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,091 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Why Choose? Why Settle? Introducing the New Kata 3N1!
Why choose between a backpack and a sling when you simply can pick up one of the new Kata 3N1 bags and get the best features of each type of bag? These unique bags provide ultimate freedom designed with three carrying options in one bag: right-handed sling, left-handed sling and backpack. Quick access to a camera has never been faster with a sling that offers a quick release and one-handed bag opening for camera access. Left-handed photographers can celebrate as they discover the first photo bag that can be configured as a left-handed sling. When not in a situation that requires quick camera access, convert the 3N1 into an ergonomic and comfortable backpack. All these product features come in a package that includes the unique combination of protection, light weight and style that has become Kata’s calling card.

Kata 3NI Highlights

Flexible Configurations to Ensure Maximum Use

Kata 3NI Highlights
Use both as a sling and backpack
As a photographer, you choose a sling for the ability to gain quick access to your camera in shooting situations. A backpack is key for carrying your equipment long distances without straining your back. Finally, there is a bag that offers the best of both worlds in one sleek design. By including two padded straps that can be easily hidden, you decide which product configuration works best for you. Large sturdy strap buckles make it easy to quickly convert your 3N1 from a right-handed sling to a left-handed sling or a backpack. A waist strap is included to provide maximum comfort to your back when using the 3N1 in backpack mode. You no longer have to decide which camera bag to bring with you into the field. Load up your 3N1 and you are set for all photgraphic situations.

Kata 3NI Highlights
Uses Thermal Shield Technology to ensure maximum protection
Superior Protection for Your DSLR
Superior protection is key to the Kata design philosophy. The creation of TST (Thermal Shield Technology) is a physical expression of this philosophy. TST is modeled to create protective zones where your camera will most likely be impacted. Impact force is distributed to ensure that your camera remains safe and always ready for that important scene or shot. The 3N1 is also designed with reinforced corners to ensure that when in sling mode, the bag holds its shape to ensure your camera does not fall out.

Fast, One Handed Camera Access with Quick Release Buckle
When in sling mode, quick access to your camera is provided via a quick release clip with single pull opening of the camera compartment door. Pinch the clip and pull and the zippers easily slide to offer one-handed access to your camera. Easy access means you are always ready when the action happens and need to capture that perfect shot on the fly.

Kata 3NI Highlights
Rain Cover Provides All-Weather Protection
Included with each 3N1 model is a sturdy all-weather rain cover. You never know when Mother Nature will throw you a curve and you need to be prepared. This rain cover wraps around your entire sling / backpack ensuring that your valuable gear is protected. The bright color also reflects sunlight to keep your rucksack and sensitive digital equipment cooler in hot locations.

Optional InserTrolley (KT VG-DTS) for Easy Traveling
Both the 3N1-20 and 3N1-30 have a sleeve for use with the Kata InserTrolley (Model KT VG-DTS) or most luggage trolleys. This allows for easy transport of your camera. While connected to the trolley, your camera remains fully accessible. The Kata Insertrolley can be folded for easy storage when not in use. Kata's patented extendable wheel system provides better stabilization when wheeling your 3N1 bag.
Kata 3NI Highlights
Ensure you find the right fit for your camera

Product Description

Why choose between a backpack and a sling when you simply can pick up one of the new Kata 3N1 bags and get the best features of each type of bag? These unique bags provide ultimate freedom designed with three carrying options in one bag: right-handed sling, left-handed sling and backpack. Quick access to a camera has never been faster with a sling that offers a quick release and one-handed bag opening for camera access. Left-handed photographers can celebrate as they discover the first photo bag that can be configured as a left-handed sling. When not in a situation that requires quick camera access, convert the 3N1 into an ergonomic and comfortable backpack. All these product features come in a package that includes the unique combination of protection, light weight and style that has become Kata’s calling card. In sling position, the bag easily swings around from back to front providing quick draw access to your main camera & accessories via a quick release clip with single pull opening of the camera compartment door. In standard backpack position and “X” position (both straps crisscrossed over the user’s chest) you can comfortably carry your equipment for long distance walking when needed. The included balancing hip strap helps take the load of your heavy equipment off your shoulders. The 3N1-30 is designed to fit a D/SLR with a long range zoom lens attached and 5-6 extra lenses with accessories.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Another great feature is that it has so many ways to carry the bag( backpack, slingshot,etc...) !!
Zhengqing Wei
It can be worn as a sling bag (either shoulder), two strap backpack, or carried with the comfortable handle on top.
C. Cook
Pros: Overall design is good (with exceptions noted below) and the quality of construction is excellent .
Red Peters

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Red Peters on September 4, 2008
Verified Purchase
I needed a backpack bag that would hold my Nikon D300 with the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VR zoom attached. My vetted choices came down to either the Lowepro Slingshot 300 or the new Kata 3N1-30. Both are very large bags, and while there were others worthy of consideration, these two were at the top of my budget range.

The Lowepro is a nice bag (my brother owns one and loves it), however, I gave the nod to the Kata for a couple of reasons. I like the yellow interior - very easy to find small parts even in low light. I like the flexibility of converting it from a sling to backpack. Finally, I personally like the styling better than the Lowepro (which is functional but homely). The Kata, in my opinion, doesn't scream "camera bag" quite as much as the Lowepro.

The Kata is generally well designed and exceptional quality. The interior dividers are configurable to the user's specific needs, access is flexible providing for easy swing around "quick draw" as well as through the traditional rear flap. Initial configuration was a little cumbersome due to the restricted ability to fully open the rear flap. This limits easy access to the uppermost compartments, but once I figured out how to fit everything inside it was fine. There is ample room in this bag for a large SLR with lenses and attachments. My D300 with both MB-D10 and the 70-200 attached fit snugly in the horizontal position. However, finding an additional spot for my 17-55 f2.8 was a little more challenging. (Note these are both relatively large lenses with even larger hoods). I still have room for my flash and another small lens or accessory, but that's about it for the main compartment in my case. There is an additional compartment in the top for other stuff (flash cards, batteries, charger, lunch, etc).
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 23, 2009
For years I've been searching for the right bag that can hold my gear, hold a few other personal items so I don't need a purse, not destroy my back and shoulders and not make me feel like a bull in a china closet. This is the bag.

First this bag is wonderfully designed for the traveler. The sling design can go over either shoulder, or it can be a backpack! The extra strap simply tucks away into back of the bag. This is brilliant. The straps are nicely padded, as one would expect with Kata. However, what really sold me was the little side padding for where the strap hits the waist. Not only is this a nice touch, but in sling mode you can also tuck in the padding that you aren't using. Very well done Kata.

The basic weight distribution is pretty perfect and the bag slides easily to the front when you are in a tight place and you don't want to knock over that very expensive one of a kind terra cotta warrior that the hawker on the corner is trying to sell you.

What really makes this bag is the camera quick open. No longer do I have to take off my backpack, fight with the zipper, have the kids swarm me asking "dollar, chocolate, pen?" all while trying to pick up my camera so I can get a photo of that really cool elephant trampling cars under foot. Oh no, when the elephant goes on parade I can just sling the bag to my side, quickly flip the zipper open (extra large pulls) and whip out the camera just as the elephant raises its trunk in a salute to mayhem. What more can a girl ask for?

There isn't a lot of space for more than two medium sized lenses, a camera, flash, passport, wallet, cell phone, map, CF cards, mints, lipstick, a small flashlight, loose change, my pocket guide on how to swear in 37 languages, and a reusable bag (rolled up of course).
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By brewl on March 8, 2009
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I bought this bag to replace a LowePro Slingshot 200, as I needed a larger camera bag for a trip, and the Slingshot 200 is too small for my Canon 30D and the lenses that were coming along.

The styling and build quality are very good with the D-3N1-30, but there are some major issues with the functional design.

Issues:

(1) The top handle is built onto a zippered pocket on the top of the bag. If you don't take care to zip that pocket up so that the pulls are on the side of the bag, rather than on the top, it can suddenly open with enough weight in the bag.

(2) The bag doesn't allow for you to completely open the main compartment as the zipper stops on both sides where the buckle attaches to the back of the bag. This makes it very difficult to change around the placement of the dividers, as well as to gain access to the top portion of the bag to either place or remove items.

(3) The bag is poorly designed to keep items in place. I travel with an EF 100-400mm L lens which has a bit of weight to it. The dividers will not keep that lens in place unless it is placed at the very bottom of the bag. My 30D usually goes into the bag with an EF 24-70mm L lens, in addition to a couple of smaller prime lenses, usually 50mm and 100mm, as well as some lens cleaning materials and filters. The prime lenses will NOT stay in their dividers when the bag is on my back, as there is a lot of play between the tops of the dividers and the fabric on the back (the outside facing material) of the pack. This causes the lenses as well as filters and cleaning materials to come out of the dividers and end up all over the inside of the main compartment.
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