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Kata DPS DR-467 First thoughts / review

 
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Feb 27, 2009 04:39 as a reply to  @ post 7411659 |  #106

Hi all, thanks for a great review. I am looking to buy this bag. I have checked the Kata website and found that the DR466 & 467 has the same size bottom compartment. Is this correct?




  
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Feb 28, 2009 16:03 as a reply to  @ Echoherbie's post |  #107

Johnz, referring to your post #9, I have/will be getting similar equipment, but can you fit a 40D with a battery grip in the bottom compartment of the DR-467 with lenses/flash?

I have- 40D + BG-E2, and Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 attached (which I assume is similar in size to Canon 17-55mm)
Other lenses: Canon 50mm f1.8 II, Tamron 55-200mm

And hope to be getting a Sigma 10-20mm and Speedlight in the near future.

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Feb 28, 2009 16:21 |  #108

wicker_man wrote in post #7426504 (external link)
Johnz, referring to your post #9, I have/will be getting similar equipment, but can you fit a 40D with a battery grip in the bottom compartment of the DR-467 with lenses/flash?

I have- 40D + BG-E2, and Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 attached (which I assume is similar in size to Canon 17-55mm)
Other lenses: Canon 50mm f1.8 II, Tamron 55-200mm

And hope to be getting a Sigma 10-20mm and Speedlight in the near future.

Many thanks.

Unfortunately i don't have a grip, and my friend who had one got his camera stolen :( So i can't test it. But if you look at this image, you can see that it would be quite a tight fight if the camera would be 3cm higher, but i guess you can make it work by adjusting the foam pieces around a bit. I bet someone who has commented in thread has a grip and can confirm?

In post #10 seems to be quite close to what your trying fit in the bag.

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Mar 01, 2009 00:04 |  #109

I just ordered one of these, and I have a 40D + Grip, 70-200mm f/4L, 30mm & 50mm Sigmas, 16-35mm f/2.8L, & a 430EXII. I'll see how it all fits and post some pics. Hopefully it won't need a lot of modifications!


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Mar 01, 2009 06:02 as a reply to  @ jbkalla's post |  #110

Thanks for the replies Johnz and Jbkalla.

I currently have a tiny Lowepro Rezo 160, which can fit the 40D (without grip) and Sigma 18-50 attached, and either the nifty fifty or grip on the side.

I am also considering a Crumpler Farmer's Double, LowePro CompuRover AW or Lowepro FastPack 250, but again it is hard to find if your gear actually fits without seeing it in the flesh or finding somebody with similar gear!


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Mar 01, 2009 12:14 |  #111

I ordered a Crumpler and returned it. I thought it was too heavy, bulky and inefficient. I'm not gentle on my gear and I think Crumpler is very gentle on gear, given the mount of padding that's there. If you want something to protect your gear like your first born then Crumpler probably fits the requirement.

I went down to the local camera store and compared Crumpler with all of the other brands and confirmed my impression. That's probably the last time I order something sight-unseen based on reading reviews online.

When I saw the Kata bags I was first impressed by the design and then very impressed with the efficiency and light weight. They lack the absolute protection of Crumpler but they are certainly good enough for me. It was the trade-off between lightness and protection that sold me on the Kata 467. This is not to say the Kata is like a grocery bag, either. It is well-padded and protects my gear just fine. I think it is the perfect bag for me. But, that's me. I wouldn't dispute anyone's criticisms of Kata. I just think they have a pretty nice product and they are priced below everyone else to boot.


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Mar 01, 2009 13:21 |  #112

jbkalla wrote in post #7350527 (external link)
Too bad the promotion has run out. I just went to buy the bag/monopod and it's dead. Sigh... I'm always missing these things...

Just a heads-up - there is still a promotion going on with the monopod, but it is with the 465 version. The link referenced previously will get you there.




  
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Mar 01, 2009 13:55 |  #113

Yeah... If my 17" Macbook Pro would fit, I would have jumped on it. It's a great promotion. I might end up buying the monopod anyway.


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Mar 16, 2009 14:10 |  #114

I need a new bag that will meet the tight airline cabin baggage for Ryanair (Yuk) which is 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
The official external specs for the DR467 are 21x34x45cm so it looks like it might just squash down (from 21 down to 20cm depth).
Can someone tell me when this bag actually has gear in it, what is the external depth measurement? Is it 20, 21 or greater?

Also, for those users that have a canon 70-200 2.8, will this fit on a body with grip into the daypocket.

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Mar 16, 2009 14:17 |  #115

It should scrunch down. Worst case, you can take something out and store it in a separate padded bag or something in order to scrunch it down. I am very impressed by the space efficiency of this bag. It is extremely lean and mean for what it needs to do. I realize I did not answer your question but given the numbers you mention, I wouldn't worry about the 1cm oversize. It's a "squish-able" soft bag with no rigid frame inside.


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Mar 17, 2009 05:29 |  #116

OK. The 40D with a shorter lens and battery grip will fit, but there's not much room for other stuff. I'll post photos later. It's almost too small for the 40D and a normal lens when you have the battery grip. I was going to take it somewhere this weekend, but needed more space and ended up taking the Tamrac Adventure 9. Does Kata offer a pack between the DR-467 and the HB-207? I have both. The HB-207 is too large for anything except serious backpacking/camping and the DR-467 is too small for most things. A Kata the size of the Tamrac would be ideal. Though I guess I can use the HB-207 rainscreen on the Tamrac if I need an intermediate pack in inclement weather...


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Mar 17, 2009 10:08 as a reply to  @ jbkalla's post |  #117

Thanks for the feedback. I've ordered the 467. Kit may be a bit of a squeeze i suspect, but most bags which have more equipment accomodation exceed the 20cm size limit which is imposed by many of the European budget airlines for carry-on hand luggage. They are now getting very strict on hand baggage sizes.
I will post an update when it arrives. I have to fit a 40D+grip, 70-200 2.8, 17-40 f4L, 10D body, 1.4 conv, and potentially 550EZ+quantum battery.


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Mar 17, 2009 21:26 |  #118

I put my body and lens in the upper half and leave the lower half 2/3 full. If I put the body and lens in the lower half, it's a hassle to take out quickly. It can be done but it's a hassle because of the snug fit. It's better protected, though. It still has the laptop sleeve area to put a book or something if necessary, just in case you're not carrying a laptop. I have a very small laptop so I put it there plus a book.

interceptor wrote in post #7541156 (external link)
Thanks for the feedback. I've ordered the 467. Kit may be a bit of a squeeze i suspect, but most bags which have more equipment accomodation exceed the 20cm size limit which is imposed by many of the European budget airlines for carry-on hand luggage. They are now getting very strict on hand baggage sizes.
I will post an update when it arrives. I have to fit a 40D+grip, 70-200 2.8, 17-40 f4L, 10D body, 1.4 conv, and potentially 550EZ+quantum battery.


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Mar 18, 2009 00:23 |  #119

I really wish they'd make a version with a larger bottom section. Plus, the opening of the bottom isn't very smooth, especially with other stuff in the top bearing down. The quality is fantastic, though, like all Kata bags...


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Mar 18, 2009 08:41 |  #120

I agree that the process of opening it is not smooth. That's why I use the top for the body and lens (most of the time). If I'm traveling and know I won't need to shoot anything I stuff everything in the bottom. But, if I'm "walking around" I move the body and lens to the top for very easy access, knowing everything else I need is now within quick access.

jbkalla wrote in post #7545982 (external link)
I really wish they'd make a version with a larger bottom section. Plus, the opening of the bottom isn't very smooth, especially with other stuff in the top bearing down. The quality is fantastic, though, like all Kata bags...


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