I had been itching to get my hands on a comfortable backpack that could accommodate my camera with the additional lenses, cables and other stuff that I like to carry on me with my camera, in addition to a standard 14 or 15 inch laptop. I researched on the internet for the right bag for quite some time. I really didn’t want to go overboard with this selection since I don’t plan to increase my camera gear by any substantial amount, but I also didn’t want to be left wanting for space if I did get a couple of extra accessories.
After a lot of browsing the internet, reading reviews on blogs and watching videos on YouTube, I shortlisted my choices down to the Lowepro Fastpack 350 and the Kata DR-467i and finally bought the Kata as made obvious by this post’s title.
Both these backpacks were perfect for my gear. I settled on the Kata since I felt that it looked better and also a couple of additional features that highlighted their attention to detail. Also, the fact that Kata is an Israeli company that makes bags for the Israeli Army, inspires a lot of confidence in their product.
A couple of the things that helped me make up my mind were that with the Kata, I could also carry a good sized tripod strapped to the side of the bag. Also, the Kata came with an all weather cover that gave the whole bag and the gear inside extra protection in bad weather. Other small things that showed their attention to detail were the rubber cups to prevent zipper noise, the reflective thread in the zipper ends for visibility and the ability to easily strap the backpack to any strolley for wheeling around.
The bag easily holds 1 or 2 camera bodies in top grip position, 2 to 3 lenses and additional things like a flash or lens hoods. The bag can also hold a good sized laptop in the dedicated laptop compartment. I easily carry my 15.6” Lenovo widescreen laptop.
Here is a photo tour of the backpack.