I needed a new home for my DSLR and accessories and the Kata 3-n-1 10 caught my eye as I was walking around a photo show. I was attracted to the odd looks as I had been on the look out for a bag that did not resemble a camera bag. At the show the bag was on offer for £60 so I decided to get it.
The bag has a reinforced front for protection. It also has a padded back which holds the straps when not required and removeable straps that allow you to fasten the bag around chest for stability. The straps are great as you can configure the bag as a rucksack or a sling bag with little fuss. As a sling bag you can have it in either left or right format and you just tug on the strap to pull the bag around to the front of you. To get to the bag you have a quick release system in which you undo a buckle and pull the flap open. This is on both sides. To close the flap again you just zip it back up. I found the bag served as a decent resting area to help steady shots when the bag is in front of you.
Internally the bag is all yellow so things are easy to find. The main lower conpartment is provided with several flexible dividers. The upper compartment has 2 internal pockets and a mesh pocket and also holds the yellow rain jacket which I can confirm keeps the case dry in the rain. You are also able to unzip the divider between the upper and bottom compartments. There are also 2 external pockets on the sides that can hold small things like spare batteries or filters etc.
I was surprised just how much this case can hold. The main compartment can accept my Nikon D7000 with the 16-85mm zoom attached, Nikon 70-300VR lens and a chunky Tamrac filter holder case. The upper compartment can take 2 SB 800 flashes and a few other small bits and pieces. Considering the size of the bag I do think it is a little Tardis!
The bag is very well made and has chunky zipper pulls and heavy duty zips. I would not however use the bag without the rain/dust cover if dust was around as there are tiny gaps that will allow the dust to get in, at the point where the zips for the side panels meet the quick release buckle for the main compartment.