53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!
I've been more than happy with my Amazon-purchased Ape Case camera bag (medium) -- a great value and a terrific bag. It's a workhorse that still looks new after two years.
But I've wanted a backpack camera bag. Shopping around, I kept coming back to the Kata 3N1 for its versatility: regular backpack, left or right sling with quick access on either side, and...
Published on September 17, 2010 by Robert E. Glasscock
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Built Well - Complex
I found this bag to be well built but cumbersome to use. This was mostly due to the zipper construction on the bag I received.
When zipping and unzipping to get into the compartments the zippers would bind slightly. For a bag in this price range I felt the operation of the zippers to get to a compartment should be smoother. The other issue I found was the main...
Published 17 months ago by Will
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!,
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)I've been more than happy with my Amazon-purchased Ape Case camera bag (medium) -- a great value and a terrific bag. It's a workhorse that still looks new after two years.
But I've wanted a backpack camera bag. Shopping around, I kept coming back to the Kata 3N1 for its versatility: regular backpack, left or right sling with quick access on either side, and criss-cross to go from backpack to sling in seconds.
But which one? The 20 or the 30? I didn't need the netbook / laptop compartment, since I don't plan to tote one. The 30 sounded a bit large.
I ordered the 20, then changed my mind and chose the 22 -- WITH the netbook compartment. Because I realized I would use it for manuals and bounce cards. And maybe a netbook, if I like . . .
The Kata 3N1 22 arrived in four days and it's been everything I hoped. Beautifully designed and constructed; high quality; amazing in operation.
Right away, out of curiosity, I wanted to see how I could configure it and load it up. Here it is, packed, at 14 pounds. (3 of those are the bag, so that's 11 pounds of gear in a deceptively compact and comfortable backpack.)
580 EX II Speedlite (in its case, with stand)
430 EX II Speedlite (in its case, with stand)
8 spare AA batteries for Speedlites
RIGHT EXTERIOR POUCH
Second Canon camera battery
Canon battery wall charger
LEFT EXTERIOR POUCH
Polarizing and other filters
Tamron 70-300mm and reversed hood (on camera)
Canon 50mm 1.8 prime (hood separate)
Canon 28-135mm (hood reversed)
Tamron 17-35mm (hood separate)
Tamron 28-200mm (hood reversed)
2-pc Vivitar wireless remote (in mesh pouch, not included)
3pc Cowboy wireless Speedlite triggers (in mesh pouch, not included)
Rain cover in pouch
Media kit -- with extra compact flash cards
"A Better Bounce Card" Bounce Cards
And there's still room for a card reader, binoculars, LED flashlight, small miscellaneous items.
Will I walk around every day with it loaded like that? Probably not. Then again, why not? Leaving out a couple or three lenses and one Speedlite doesn't reduce the weight by THAT much. (Though it's an amazingly comfortable everyday run-around backpack / sling if I leave a few items at home.)
All I have to do is sling my tripod (in its case) and light stand / umbrella (in their case) over my shoulder, or hand carry them, and go. An easily portable highly versatile studio for locations.
Does the 3N1 system really work? And how!
I have had none of the problems a few others have mentioned. I'm 6', 200 lbs, 42" waist. The adjustable waistband fits me fine, with inches to spare.
Yes, wearing it as a regular backpack is the most comfortable over time, as everybody mentions.
But the criss-cross position is almost equally comfortable, with the advantage of instantly converting to a sling. I don't feel "choked" by the straps at my neck, as a few have mentioned. Yes, I adjust them more often because of the configuration. But I don't mind, having the option to instantly go to a sling.
The adjustable padding on the straps is comfortable and effective. The quick-release buckles are strong yet easy to fasten or open. Yes, you really CAN pull the side flap open with one hand and grab your camera from the bag on the fly. The zippers are heavy-duty but smooth.
Sling position (I'm right-handed) works as advertised, with rapid access to my camera without opening the main bag, plus the stabilizing factor of resting my elbows on the bag, now slung around and lying across my front, while shooting.
Sturdy, solid protection for all that gear, plus a rain cover if needed. And yes, I'm glad to have the netbook compartment. I knew I'd use it and it's worth the extra $20.
Now that I've seen how MUCH gear I can pack, it's a daily exercise to decide what I really WON'T need when I go out, and enjoy this versatile backpack / sling at its lightest and for all it's worth. Because it's so brilliantly sized and configured that, backpack or sling, it doesn't feel clumsy or oversized at all, as you use it.
Of course, you're carrying as much as 14 pounds of gear or more in this seemingly compact case -- so it's not like toting an iPhone in your pocket. You feel it. The trick is HOW and how much you might be strained by the extra weight.
The Kata 3N1 22 distributes the weight perfectly and is hands down and fully loaded the most comfortable backpack I've ever worn. You can even use it as an ordinary backpack if you like. The padded partition separating the upper from the main compartment unzips to create one large interior space (by removing the remaining velcro-strapped padded dividers).
I'm impressed. This is an organically designed ergonomic camera equipment transport-protection system that can literally change from day to day, or hour to hour, according to your personal / professional needs and schedule. Priced as well as it is designed and constructed.
Great job, Kata.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made but too big for my needs,
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)I gave this pack a five star rating because it is well made, well designed, roomy, and works the way it is intended. But even with all that being said, I have returned the bag. It's simply too big for me. That's why I'm reviewing it - I want to give some fair warning to potential purchasers.
I'm a photo enthusiast and I take my camera nearly everywhere. If you're like me, you're obsessing over this bag purchase, looking at all of them and trying to choose the one that works best for you. I bought this bag thinking it would be nice to have plenty of space to hold all my gear. And it does just that. I have a Canon 40D, two telephoto lenses and a short prime lense. Add to that all the usual stuff you need to own - battery pack, cleaning supplies, a few filters, and spare SD cards. It all fits in the bag with room to spare for my passport, sunglasses, wallet items, even a snack and a bottle of water. It's comfortable, secure, has a waste strap for support, and the quick side opening works well. I got the one with the laptop compartment and my netbook fits in it just fine.
But - the thing is just too darned big! I feel like I'm shouting TOURIST!! It sticks way up on my back and looks silly. If I use it in the criss-cross configuration, it crosses over my breasts and makes them look like Zena the Princess Warrior. I can get the side opening to work using the backpack configuration, but it's not as stable. And it's so bulky that it feels a bit unwieldy.
Finally, carrying all that stuff around made me realize that doing so is not really necessary. Do I really need to carry all three of my lenses and all my cards, filters, and gear on an outing? It makes for a heavy pack, and unless you're a pro, or a very serious ameteur, I just don't see it being necessary to take it all with me. I traded down for a lowepro fastpack 100, and I'll post a review when I've had a chance to go over it. But it looks like I'll be able to carry my camera, one spare lense and all the other accessories I need just fine. The pack is smaller, more streamlined looking, and weighs less.
I gave this item a great rating because it is a beautiful product. Quality materials, light color inside so you can see what's inside well, and lots of thought put into what a camera user needs. And I LOVE the fast access side set-up. I didn't think it would be fair to rate it down because it didn't suit my needs. But non-pros should know that it's big enough to carry a fair amount -if not all- of what you own, and if you want to do that, then this bag will suit your needs. But if you want to carry your camera, maybe a spare lense, battery and SD card with plenty of room left for a sack lunch, this is overkill.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality Product,
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)Pros: Great build quality, easy access of the camera, comfort, good design,
Cons: Uneasy access to lens at center comp., top is not fully open enough. computer compartment can only fit iPad or 11" laptop
Overall: highly recommended
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3-in-1 22 Review - GREAT bag, but not for a smaller person (5'3"),
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)I researched for several months to find a sling bag that would be large enough to carry my D700, 3 lenses (1 of which is a larger ultra- wide zoom), and various other peripherals when I travel, that would *magically* shrink to a manageable size for day hikes and around-town shooting. With exception to the Kata, I was able to examine the usual suspects in person at a local electronics superstore. The bags were either too small or too big, and none offered the flexible sling / back pack option, so I decided to take a leap of faith and order a Kata. I was leaning towards the 10, however, based on other reviews, I decided the medium size would be required to accomodate my kit. I ordered the Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot so I could tote my iPad2 as well.
I received the bag quickly and was immediately concerned about the size. I decided to give it a try anyway. With room to spare, I was able to load it up with the kit mentioned above as well as my iPad, wallet, various cleaning gadgets and a few more odds and ends one would expect to carry on a day trip. I struggled with the size of the bag on my frame all day. The back pack configuration worked a little better, but the bag itself is so long. it would not sit comfortably on my tiny frame in any configuration. It also stuck out way farther than I liked. Even on my husband, who is 5'9", the profile was freakishly large.
I give this bag four stars because the quality is top-notch, and the over-all functionality is great. I just wish it had a drnk holder, as mentioned by most others. Despite the size, i was easily able to access my equipment and swap lenses without the need for placing the bag on the ground. I am going to exchange this bag for the Kata KT D-3N1-10 Sling/Backpack (Black) in hopes that it is more suited to my needs. I will update my review upon receipt of that bag.
8/17/2011 UPDATE: Received the Kata KT D-3N1-10 Sling/Backpack (Black) and love it. It's more suited to someone small like me, and with exception to my iPad, fits everything the Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot held. I am very pleased with my exchange.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Camera/Laptop Bag I Have Ever Owned,
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)This bag is fantastic. It is good looking, flexible, well organized, and sturdy. I travel worldwide, year round. I am a road warrior. I needed a bag for carry on purposes that I could also use while doing day hikes, take to the office, etc. I carry:
- a Nikon D7000 with 2 extra lenses
- a macbook air 11 inch
- a sony coolpix
- two mobile phones
- a wifi hotspot
- two pouches with cables and wires and chargers
- passport and money pouch
- rain sleeve
- ultralight windbreaker
-small spiral paper notebook and pen
I used to have to carry a much larger bag to accommodate these items. But the 3N-22 works perfectly. Its a snug fit, but with all of the pockets and points of access, I can get to everything quickly. It is also sturdy.
The flexible straps work really well. I recently tested these on a mountain biking excursion in China. Used both straps while biking and pulled one to quickly slide the bag towards my chest for easy access to my DSLR. Worked quickly and easily.
My only suggestion for improvement would be for Kata to re-inforce the bottom of the bag with a water proof fabric. I set mine down all of the time, and not always in the driest of places. Otherwise, I would say this is the best bag I have ever owned... And I have tried many.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well built medium size dslr bag.,
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)Just got my bag last week and im very happy with it, I went to adorama to purchase the bag yet they dont have the one with laptop compartment , then I ended up ordering online, however i got the chance to see 3n1 20 which is very similar except the laptop compartment and im very impressed with it. the bag is well made and very sleek looking, functionality wise its good that i can place other stuff on the top compartment other than my camera accessories. with 3n1 22 the laptop compartment is specified 11.6" screen the most which an acer timeline or apple air can fit. I dont know why other reviewers were complaining about , they should have purchase the 3n1 33 to fit 15 inches laptops. next time before you buy , read what you are purchasing rather than writing a review that is misleading because of your ignorance. and also it saves you more time and hassle in returning.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bag with a few faults,
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)This is my camera bag of choice. The quality as a camera bag is really unmatched. This is the perfect size for a modest collection of lenses and accessories. You can fit a 70-200 f 2.8 in but it will dominate the bag and commit you to a somewhat strange divider line up. If you limit yourself to smaller lenses you'll have plenty of room. This bag hums with a range of fast primes and accessories.
My only significant complaint is the non camera bag portions of the bag. I find the bag offers generally awkward storage. The laptop case fits a netbook perfectly from a width standpoint but is much to long. You could piratically stack two in there. I've never found any use for the space and just end up with a netbook banging around. The top storage compartment is also small. It's hard to recover the space for effective camera gear storage. The internal pockets make it tough to store wallet, keys, etc. It's two small to store much in the way of food/clothing. I wish I had a little more storage so I could pack larger items or a little more organized storage so I could confidently track my small important items.
Bottom Line: My bag of choice.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First impressions,
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)I was very excited to receive my Kata 3N1-22 bag today. It actually came earlier than expected based upon Amazon's estimates. Here are my first impressions. I will update once I have had a chance to use it a bit. I recently purchased a Nikon D7000 and have two lenses (the kit 18-105 and a 70-300 zoom). I was looking for a non-camera looking bag to fit my current equipment with room to expand. I wanted the flexibility to take a bag hiking or carry it sling style when walking around in the city. My first impression was that it was somewhat large (looking a little too large for my current equipment). After opening the bag up and removing some of the packing materials, it was not quite as boxy. It offers great padding and protection for my gear. I played with the layout a bit to find a way that would allow me to store my camera inside the bag with either lens attached. It is a little bit of a tight fit for the 70-300mm lens to fit along the depth of the bag (with the cylinder going from the back to front). I currently have it configured this way and think the bag may relax a little to allow a little better fit. While you have a few components to velcro different configurations, you are somewhat limited by where the velcro is on the bag and the lengths of the dividers. A little more flexibility here would have made fitting the lens in a different configuration a little easier (going across the bag rather than front to back). I wanted the laptop version so I had a separate place to store my manuals or other photo books, so the size of this space is fine for me. I do not think that most laptops would fit (an ipad or other similar device would fit just fine in the laptop space). The straps are easy to configure and hide away nicely. There are a lot of pockets and storage places in the bag for the necessary accessories. I wish there were other color options instead of black. I think that I might also want to have a much smaller bag to take when I just want my camera with one lens. I've found it hard to find small bags that would accommodate my D7000 and the two lenses. Overall, this is a great bag on first impression!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Quality Bag,
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)I just got this bag today to supplement a Crumpler 6MDH. It's a little bit bigger than I expected, but it comfortably holds the gear I own including an 11" MacBook Air in the laptop slot, a 40D, 17-55 IS, 70-200 4/IS (will *not* comfortably fit mounted), 60 Macro and associated hoods.
On the plus side, it's a solidly constructed bag, light for its size and the quick access slot is reasonably easy to access as advertised. There's ample protection in the areas that count, particularly at the front of the bag and the rear where the laptop slot is located.
Minor nitpicks would be backpack straps that are thinner than ideal, a velcro system that isn't as versatile as it could be (the dividers only snap in certain places, not everywhere like a Crumpler) and the fact that the top compartment isn't completley isolated from the bottom/camera one, so if you were to store a bottle, it's possible that some of it could leak into the camera compartment. The laptop slot is smaller than you'd expect for a bag of this size - it only accomodates 11.6" netbooks.
Overall, I'm pleased with the bag so far and would recommend it to anyone who wants to carry a moderate amount of gear is a relatively compact package.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product,
This review is from: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop Slot (Personal Computers)This bag was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a bag to carry my Canon T3I plus extra zoom lens and LOTS of other accessories. I also purchased the tripod holder which is really nice to have. We do a lot of outdoor activities (camping, ATV's etc.) and I like to be able to grab the backpack and throw it over my shoulder or strap it to the ATV and know that I have everything that I might need for a quick picture.
The bag is very well built and designed. I like being able to use the clip closure if I'm in a hurry. I like the versatility of being a sling pack or a backpack. The rain cover is nice and simple to put on in an emergency. The top compartment easily fits my Sony video camera and the point & shoot camera that often goes with me in addition to extra batteries, chargers and other items. The laptop sleeve is also handy to have (albeit too small for my big laptop) - I still use it for other flat things when necessary.
I would HIGHLY recommend this case for anyone who enjoys getting outdoors with their camera
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