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    Default Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    I found humping around the NG 2477 with everything (including the Bigma) a little hard on the shoulder,so I started looking at backpacks. Of course first I looked at NG, but you have to take it off to get at the equipment. After some internet research and a trip to the local Henry's to see if the E30 with grip and Bigma would fit, I bought the Kata (C$132.00+tax), loaded it up and went on a hike.
    It does everything the website says it will do. If you wear it as a sling it balances well in the middle of your back and all you have to do to get at your camera is slide it around, undo the safety clip and pull. This opens up the side compartment quickly so you can pull out the camera and shoot.
    A bit more comfortable and almost as fast is wearing it with both straps crossed. You then have to undo one of the straps before you can spin it around.
    You can also wear it as a regular backpack with the straps not crossed and the waist belt done up. In this mode it is most comfortable.
    It holds the E30 with grip and Bigma attached, 9-18,50 macro, 70-300, EX25, FL50r in the main compartment and the Leica 14-50 along with a bunch of little stuff (batteries and the like) and the rain cover, in the top compartment.
    The floor of the top compartment unzips so you could even put a monster lens like the 70-250 2.8 in it (but not much else) and use the quick draw feature.
    Build quality seems to be excellent and it has a lifetime warranty. I also like the fact that it doesn't look like a camera case.
    So far I am most impressed.
    E-30 with grip, Digilux 3, L1-14-50,70-300,9-18,50 f2, Bigma, 25 2.8, ec14, FL50r, 285HV
    Film: Mamya c330, Yashicamat 124G, Minolta SRT102, Minolta 570, 24,50,100,300 rokkor lenses,600mm f8 - 32 Hanimex, Slik, Ries, and Manifrotto tripods, Wimberly gimbal, and a bunch of stuff.

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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    It's an impressive bag ONCE you become accustomed to it. For a more traditional pack, the Kata DR-465 and DR-467 are very nice.
    E-PL1 I 20 f1.7 I 14-42 f3.5-5.6 I 14-140 f4-5.8

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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by oddmanout View Post
    It holds the E30 with grip and Bigma attached, 9-18,50 macro, 70-300, EX25, FL50r in the main compartment
    So you are saying that the bag is WIDE enough to fit the camera with the Bigma attached - i.e. the camera is oriented sideways - not loaded from the top pointing down with the divider between the top and main section removed?

    Have you tried the smaller 3n1-20? I would like to find a slightly smaller bag that fits my E-520 with the 70-300 plus EC-14 attached. Presumably the 20 model could do this if the camera is loaded from the top with the divider removed? But probably not from the side?
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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by RAH View Post
    So you are saying that the bag is WIDE enough to fit the camera with the Bigma attached - i.e. the camera is oriented sideways - not loaded from the top pointing down with the divider between the top and main section removed?

    Have you tried the smaller 3n1-20? I would like to find a slightly smaller bag that fits my E-520 with the 70-300 plus EC-14 attached. Presumably the 20 model could do this if the camera is loaded from the top with the divider removed? But probably not from the side?
    I have the 3n1 10 (the smallest of the three) and that definitely WON'T hold my E-3 with 70-300 attached, let alone with the EC-14. I've seen the 30, and it is plenty wide enough for that combination, but a little too wide for me. I am thinking about a 22 (mid sized, but with a netbook pocket).

    This weekend I reorganised my dividers a bit to form a more rigid pocket inside the bag, as I found that after a few months of almost daily wear it was starting to sag too much. I normally leave the 14-54mm mounted on the camera. I'll post some pics of the layout later.
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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by srtgray View Post
    I have the 3n1 10 (the smallest of the three) and that definitely WON'T hold my E-3 with 70-300 attached, let alone with the EC-14. I've seen the 30, and it is plenty wide enough for that combination, but a little too wide for me.
    Thanks for the confirmation that the 30 is indeed wide enough for this combination. Gee, it must be a really wide case! I think it would be too wide for me too, although it would give me what I want. Being a pretty small person, I think it would be huge for me to carry. How come they can't make a really compact case that will carry a really large camera setup??
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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    I have the Kata 3n1-30 and it's definitely a big bag. It holds the E3 with the 70-200mm and TC14 with no problems.

    I brought it to the Caribbean on a cruise last November and was very glad I switched from the Lowepro Slingshot AW300 to the Kata 3n1 30. Being able to convert the straps was a big plus for me. Most of the time I had it on backpack mode but there were times when I needed it to be in sling mode and changing was very quick.

    I was able to carry my FL-50, FL-50R, 8mm FE, 12-60mm, 50-200mm, 70-300mm in the bottom compartments. At the top, I had my video camera, 2x P&S, Nintendo DS and snacks. Was great as a carry on in the plane. I highly recommend this bag for those who have a lot to carry.

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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    I just got one of these bags. Like gunnerx, I have a Lowepro Slingshot AW300. But I never liked the Lowepro because somehow I don't feel comfortable carrying it on my right shoulder (which is the only way you can carry it), even though I am right-handed. I am used to shoulder bags, so I am used to carrying stuff on my left shoulder, going across my body.

    So I figured that the 3n1-30, which is more adjustable, might be better. I just got it and I think it is going to work out. You can carry it just about any way you want. I changed it around to be carried on my left shoulder, and even in this configuration it works great as a sling bag for a right-handed person. I was afraid that the quick-shot option (accessing the camera from the side) might be awkward for a righty using it in this left-handed mode, but it isn't at all. In fact, it might be better because the flap is less in the way than using it in right-handed fashion.

    The case is almost exactly the same size as the AW300. The internal dividers are somewhat more robust on the Kata, I think.

    The Kata can handle my E-520 plus the Bigma, in the quick-shot mode (the camera and lens are laying across the bag), but NOT with the lenshood deployed (it can be attached in the carrying mode, of course).

    So, it is a success, and I'm glad I got it.
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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    Just want to add one additional comment - the Kata 3N1-30 may be large for a camera bag, but it isn't really all that large as backpacks go. It is about the same size as a standard-sized Eastpac backpack I have. So when you are carrying it, it doesn't appear or feel outsized.
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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    I got my 3n1-30 yesterday, it is just what I was looking for.
    It takes:
    My E-5 with or w/o grip, 12-60mm attached (my common walk-around setup)
    50-200mm
    7-14mm
    8mm FE
    50mm macro
    30mm Sigma 1.4
    TC 1.4
    blower, lens pen
    all in the bottom compartment.
    In one side compartment the ex-25 snugs in, in the top I add a FL-50R and flash-cable, two polarizers, the other side holds a spare battery, memory cards and the rain cover.
    Adding my notebook (13") and a bean bag, it fits all my needs......
    Total weight: 23 lbs, which is still comfortable as a backpack

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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    I have the 3n1 20 it carries pretty much everything I've ever wanted to take out with me, even though I've changed the gear quite a bit since I got it.

    Sure you can reconfigure it but having it for some time now I'd reckon its about the most infuriating and frustrating thing I've ever used, the dividers don't seem to be able to go exactly where you may want them, the opening can be too small, when its not over your shoulder you can never remember which side to open!! I've even put a cable tie on the right zip so I see quickly which one to pull first. They seem like a good idea but the compromises to make it work in every configuration let it down badly. A much smarter move would be to make both left and right hand bags

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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Halfa View Post
    Sure you can reconfigure it but having it for some time now I'd reckon its about the most infuriating and frustrating thing I've ever used, the dividers don't seem to be able to go exactly where you may want them, the opening can be too small, when its not over your shoulder you can never remember which side to open!! I've even put a cable tie on the right zip so I see quickly which one to pull first. They seem like a good idea but the compromises to make it work in every configuration let it down badly. A much smarter move would be to make both left and right hand bags
    Did you ever noticed the different colors of the back straps? You have just to remember black or red side, this is it.

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    Default Re: Kata 3n1-30 first impressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamamike View Post
    Did you ever noticed the different colors of the back straps? You have just to remember black or red side, this is it.
    Yes but the zips don't come colour coded

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