First of all before getting into the review and the bag porn, I'd like to say.. "THANK YOU" to all the POTN members that helped me with my bag search and suggestion to various different backpack w/ sling + side access type bag. Although, I used the SEARCH button several times trying to find reviews for the Kenti, but in the end, personal suggestions from members still RULES!!
Secondly, this might be TLDR.. so be warned.
Let's start... I've used a sling before (Tamrac Velocity 7 - Sold) and messenger (Crumpler 7M) and both are very good and loved it, BUT my shoulder's didn't love me. When using my Tamrac, I could fit my 5D2+grip, 70-200L f2.8 IS, 50 f1.4 and my 580EX2 in there. The lens were not mounted. Crumpler 7M home fit ALL my gears in my sig including my 30D gripped. But both ended up too much pressure for my shoulders (switching it off didn't help much).
So after looking at the Kata 3n1-22 and the 33, i felt the 22 was too small and the 33 was too bulky and fat (too boxy). Then I saw the 25PL (prolight) and was worried that the shoulder strap would feel spongy when fully loaded. But, still took a chance and got it. I'm sure glad I did.
I was able to fit all these into the bag and still have the side access bags (4 of them empty and even the side pouch inside the top compartment empty too.
In the main compartment I was able to fit the following:
- 70-200L f2.8 IS w/ hood reversed
- 5D2 gripped + 24-70L mounted w/ hood reversed
- 30D gripped
- battery charger + wired shutter remote (in the small space above the 24-70)
With the full compartment fully loaded, i was still able to access my 5D2 from a sling position for quick draw.
In the top compartment, I was able to fit the following:
- 430EX w/ pouch case
- 580EX2 w/ pouch case
- Large Rocket Blower
- 50mm f1.4 w/ hood reversed
- 1 set of lens cap & camera body cap (whatever that's called)
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I purposely place the flash in the pouch case because I wanted to see just how much i can cram in there. Since I usually just run with 1 flash, at least this would still give me plenty of space to put something else.
Inside the top compartment, there's 1 zipper bag, 1 cell phone pouch (which I could fit my HTC sensation, but couldn't use the strap to hold it down, and another small pouch for filters or 77mm lens caps (that's about the size of the pouch for you to imagine).
In the zipper pouch inside the top compartment, I place the following:
- CF cards w/ case x 8pcs
- USB extension cable
- lens cloth + my DIY bounce card
In the back, there's a laptop compartment, where i was able to fit my 12" Thinkpad X200 in. It's snug on the side, but up top there's still about 3.75" of space, maybe 4 if you jam the laptop all the way down. Then you can fit some other stuff there if you like. I'd put the tripod pouch in there with my laptop if needed.
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For the raincover, I place it on 1 of the side zipper bag on the outter part of the bag next to the top compartment.
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Also, there's a zipper that can open up access from top compartment into the main compartment, which I think if you decided to use it as a full backpack.
I love the zipper hooks and the small details like the rubber cover on the outside of the clips for the side access.
So, all in all, it fits all my gear and I can carry it very comfortably (not that I would need to carry that much gear, but you get the point.)
Here's a link to the bag porn I promised. Click Here!
P.S. KATA is distributed by Manfrotto and it's confirmed that they are out of stock on the 25PL until end of March. They will be shipping this bags to stores on 30th and 31st. But you can place order first.
There's a $40 rebate, which would make this deal sweeter. The rebate expires in April 30th. Cheers~