Kata Bumblebee DL-210 Backpack -Black
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The D-Light Bumblebee DL-210 is stylish, functional lightweight, protective backpack which is designed to carry camera gear and everyday personal effects and can easily convert into a simple and useful daypack when not using or carrying a camera. The bag is designed with a double compartment concept: In the lower compartment there is a special padded camera insert and Aeriform Dividers to fit a DSLR with standard lens attached, 2-3 lenses (up to a 70-200 F/2.8 not attached)' flash and accessories, while in the upper compartment there is plenty of space for personal effects. When needed the camera insert can be removed and the zippered partition between the two compartments opened to create one large storage space. Along the back of the bag is a full length laptop slot which will fit 15.4" laptops. A variety of external pockets will store accessories and personal gear you need rapid access too such as, wallet, phone, water bottle etc. Includes items to enhance performance such as: Tripod connecting straps which can be attached to the side of the backpack. A Rain Cover for protection in rough weather conditions. The Bumblebee DL-210 enjoys a comfortable harness system which features: 3D soft molded foam back for comfort and ventilation. Aeriform foam padded harness which is uniquely shaped to provide comfort and non-slip grip. Adjustable sternum strap. Stabilizing waist strap. 2 specially designed connection loops for the Reflex E camera strap in order to carry your DSLR comfortably and take the camera load off your neck. Ergonomic Photo System (EPH) – designated connection tabs to enable interconnections with other Kata products. Insertrolley connection for wheel along transportation, when this is in use the harness simply tucks out of the way (Insertrolley not included). External dimensions length 13" Width 9.4" Height 17.3"; Internal dimensions Length 12.6" Width 7.1" Height 8.3"
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Owing to the size of the bag, this has become my default for daily use. In the lower compartment, I carry the Canon 24-105 f/4L, Canon 16-35 f/2.8L, and the Canon 85 f/1.8. The top compartment holds the camera body (5D Mark II), and the Canon 50 f/1.4. Filters and other accessories are stored in the section designed for the laptop.
I still, however, use twist-ties to secure the dual zippers together to prevent accidental opening of the compartment.
It is a convenient size to use when travelling - especially at the airport security checkpoints.
Overall, if the zippers were more robust, I would have given this a higher star rating.
It would be wrong of me to not state here any additional observations/experiences noted after the previous review was written. So here goes:
1. In the main compartment, I was able to squeeze my Canon 5D Mark II with the Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L lens attached to it. I used the top compartment to hold the additional lenses as well as filters, etc.
2. With the Canon 50 f/1.4 lens attached, I was able to fit that and the Canon 24-105 f/4L OR the Canon 16-35 f/2.8L into the main camera compartment. If any other lens was attached, the fit would have been really tight and this would make it difficult to remove the camera quickly from the bag. If any other of my lenses are attached, I simply don't place additional lenses in that compartment.
3. It was noted that the weight distribution improves with added weight AND a tighter strap adjustment. It does not feel as awkward to carry around as it did with less weight.
I am still not impressed with the zips - these are simply not robust enough given the preciousness of the intended contents. The bag I believe is still overpriced, but I have upgraded the rating to three (3) stars (up from two stars) given what was stated above.
I have had this bag for approximately four (4) months now. I have a Canon 5D Mark II and four (4) lenses and wanted a small knapsack to carry less gear around. Attached to the camera is the Carry Speed strap I got for it (http://www.amazon.com/Original-Carry-Speed-FS-Pro-Camera/dp/B0093A3N5C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1367997084&sr=8-2&keywords=carry+speed) so this adds to the bulk of the equipment when stowing it away.
I bought this bag from Amazon.com - I am not from the US, so I did not get to see it in a store or somewhere else prior to making the purchase. I had looked at several videos and photos of the bag in making my decision. The transaction was smooth with Amazon, not a problem.
1. The bag is a small and lightweight knapsack.
2. The idea of a separate compartment for miscellaneous items is nice and appreciated.
3. Side pockets are convenient.
4. The weatherproof cover is nicely sized for the bag. The bright yellow colour of that cover is good for when walking in dark places or along the roadway.
5. The straps to secure the bag around the chest and waist are easily tucked away when not in use.
6. The laptop compartment is decent. When my laptop is not in the bag, I am able fold and stow my jacket away in there very nicely.
7. The padding is sufficient for my camera needs but because the camera is at the base of the bag, I expected more padding at the very base.
1. The straps need to be adjusted so that the bag is high on your back - the top of the bag needs to be just about at the shoulders. If any lower, the base of the bag pivots against my lower back and this is very uncomfortable. FYI: I am six feet tall - for a shorter person, this adjustment may not be an issue.
2. The zips are not very sturdy. And because the camera is at the base of the bag, I usually secure the zips together to ensure that they would not separate and the camera fall out. But given it is a tight fit as I mentioned before, this is not highly likely. It still is a concern of mine, however.
3. I can only carry the camera body with one lens attached (usually the 24-105 f/4L or the 50 f/1.4) in the designated compartment. Any additional lenses would need to be stored in another compartment; else it is a very tight fit and it becomes difficult to pull out/stow away the camera easily. Do recall that I have that Carry Speed strap installed so this would take up some room.
4. No clip to hold a key ring.
5. Personally, I do not like how the weight is distributed in this bag. The design intent is really good (having the camera at the base of the bag) but there is a lot left to be desired in terms of the final result. This bag feels heavier than it otherwise should. By comparison, I have another knapsack to carry ALL my gear in (the Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack) and this Lowepro bag does not 'feel' much heavier on my back despite the additional weight being noteworthy. The strap adjustment for that bag helped a lot with that.
Overall, I think that it is a decent bag to carry two lenses (one attached to the camera body). I also think that it is a bit overpriced given the cons stated here. If it was closer to $80 to $90 USD or so then I would have given it three (3) stars.
gear a use on a regular basis... 13" macbook pro, power supply, 2.5" external hard drive, nikon D5000 with 18 - 105mm lens, 50mm prime lens, ipad w/charger (only when not carrying laptop, i do not know how i would carry both), stainless steel bowl for breakfast cereal, some fruit/yogurt/snacks, stainless water bottle, leatherman, pens, sharpies, small multi screwdriver, small notebook, packable raincoat.
some quick thoughts on this bag:
doesn't "look" like a camera bag.
lots of padding for all my gear.
holds larger than my 13" macbook probably, can handle a 17" though it suggests 15".
top and bottom separation to the main compartment which is removable if you want to use one large section. you would lose the camera protections if you use it this way.
lower compartment is split to the sections made for a camera with lens as well as two more lenses or accessories.
upper compartment does not have separators. i have used this section to carry my lunch and snacks to work on a daily basis.
small upper section for pens, screwdrivers, etc.
plenty of loops for carabiners to attach whatever.
two upper handle, one at the very top and one slightly on a 45º.
side zip for you tripod legs and several straps for you to strap the upper portion of the tripod to one of the upper loops.
elastic bottle holder / tripod holder which perfectly fits my daily stainless steel water bottle.
chest strap and waist strap for stabilization. shoulder straps and back are well padded, this bag is very comfortable to wear. i strap it across my chest for optimal stabilization when walking 20-30 minutes to work.
comes with a raincoat for the bag... i dont like this feature for everyday use, though i understand its purpose if i was a photographer in the field. the bag holds up pretty well in light rain, i have yet to be in a downpour with it, though summer is coming... i may need that raincoat. (i use it as extra padding for my camera).
some drawbacks to this bag:
hard to carry books while carrying a laptop if you keep the upper and lower sections separated. works fine if separator is removed and not carrying a camera.
not rated as waterproof (as some of my previous commuter bags were).
bulky because of all the extra padding.
generally no room for spare clothes, etc.
would be 5 stars if more than one of the following...
had heavier duty zippers.
had a section inside for some papers without jamming them in with the laptop.
had more small, quick access, external zip pockets.
had a hidden pocket of some sort.
well worth the price for a camera / commute bag.
there are better options for a pure commute bag.
-Fits a DSLR, and 2-3 lenses and a flash
-Fits a 70-200 F2.8 in the large pocket (but you have to secure it)
-Fits a 15" macbook pro as well
-Compartment for batteries, mem cards, filters etc.
-Has a mesh zip inside the camera compartment for extra safety in case you don't fully zip it up all the way.
-Unless you're putting the body in the top compartment, you have to take the backpack off to get access. So if you're looking for a quick access bag, this is not it.
I had a Kata R-103. Loved the bag and built like a tank....but weighed as much as a tank! This bag is the right balance, holds camera, lenses and laptops and would make a nice travel bag. But for an everyday bag, I'm moving to a Messenger style with quick access.