Kata KT D-3N1-30 Sling/Backpack (Black)
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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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|Item Dimensions||17.7 x 7.5 x 12.6 inches|
|Item Weight||3.31 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.7 pounds|
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.
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 Katas calling card.
Kata 3NI Highlights
Flexible Configurations to Ensure Maximum Use
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.
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.
Top customer reviews
I found the bag to be just ok. For someone of my height, even with the straps let all the way out, the bag still rides very high on my back. I didn't feel like it was going to ride in a position where it would actually help take the load off of my shoulders. The waist belt was nowhere near my waist. This had the added side effect of making it so that when the bag swung around, it was up so high that it became difficult to actually get stuff out. I tried practicing with it and got a little better at it, but this movement never really felt comfortable to me.
The straps are well padded, however, and are relatively comfortable. The ability to adjust the straps to a variety of different configurations is a nice idea, although the sling maneuver really only works with the bag either in the criss-cross position or sling position. Neither really works that well. The criss-cross position crosses really high on my chest and requires you to put the bag on in sling position first and then attach the other strap. It just isn't that convenient to me.
The bag stores a decent amount of gear, but it didn't store as much as I had hoped. There are basically three slots in the bottom of the bag. Depending on the depth, you can configure the dividers to fit your purposes. Maybe it's my own inability to properly configure the bag, but I never got it adjusted in a way I really liked. When I had the camera out (which was most of the time) it left an empty section in the middle of the bag. The result was that the compartment the camera should have been in got crushed by the weight of the bag. It made it difficult to put the camera bag in when I needed to do so. I was also quite annoyed to find that the outside pockets that were supposed to fit flashes really didn't. I have two flashes that I like to keep in my bag at all times. The first is a Nikon SB-600 and the other is a LumoPro LP160. The Nikon flash could fit in one of those exterior pockets, but it didn't fit well. It was a tight fit that required wrestling with the pocket to make the flash fit. That wasn't what I was hoping for for an exterior flash pocket. I wanted something I could easily remove and return my flash to. I wasn't able to make the Lumopro flash fit at all. I was really disappointed by this as it meant I had to give up space in the main part of the bag to hold my flashes. This limited the other gear I could hold.
One feature I did really like was the open compartment in the top of the bag. When I am using the bag on the move, I often have my family with me. There are often lots of little things I would like to be able to stash in the bag. The top compartment gave me lots of flexibility to carry miscellaneous stuff or to fill it with random photography stuff. That flexibility is really nice to have.
I wouldn't say that this is a bad bag. It seems to be well-constructed and probably pretty durable. It's a little confusing to get set up and difficult to use. There are a ton of different zippers, lots of clasps, and the straps can be configured in a variety of different ways. The idea is a good one, but it just doesn't work for me in real life usage. It's uncomfortable and difficult to use as a sling-around pack, and just an ok backpack. It's a compromise. If you are of average height and build, maybe it's a good compromise for you. It wasn't a good compromise for me. I think I need to decide if I want a big pack to carry all my stuff or something smaller I can shoot out of. I thought I might be able to get both in this bag. I wasn't. Hopefully my experience will help to give you a good idea of whether it would work for you or not.
I got it because the specs and reviews fit my needs.
So far I am very happy with the quality and utility of the bag.
It holds my six or seven lenses, no problem + all my extras.
I have yet to really take it on a trip. I'm an amateur and don't travel anywhere with all my kit.
The bag is my "safe" here at home so I can't comment about this being on my back on a trip long term.
I can say I look forward to such a trip with exception as to why I am taking all my camera kit (hope I don't get kicked out of my house ever!)
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). The extra straps for converting to a full backpack tuck neatly out of sight. The pack is very comfortable to carry, even with a heavy load.
Pros: Overall design is good (with exceptions noted below) and the quality of construction is excellent . Very manageable and comfortable to use. Very spacious and flexible for varying needs.
Cons: I would really like for it to have some means of attaching a tripod or monopod (something the Lowepro omits as well). For a pack of this size, that seems to me to be a reasonable expectation. Also note there is no compartment for a laptop - not important to me, but perhaps for others. My biggest gripe is the inability to just lay the thing out fully open on its back (note the product photo - that's as far as that rear flap opens). It makes configuring the compartment dividers very awkward.
Acknowledging those limitations and the fact that no camera bag is perfect, the 3N1-30 or one of the two smaller versions should impress you. You'll be hard pressed to find a better pack in this price range.
Bottom line: I'm happy with my decision to purchase this pack over the Lowepro and highly recommend it. I'm only giving it 4 stars for the omission of a tripod/monopod attachment and the awkward main compartment access. Despite those caveats, this is an excellent, albeit not perfect, large camera backpack. I may end up getting something smaller for occasions where I won't be using the large zoom - perhaps the 3N1-10, W-94, or one of the DR series packs. Definitely Kata, though.
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