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Kata 123-GO-30 Sling Backpack

by Kata
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Sling backpack for DSLR with battery grip + 5-6 lenses and flash
  • Brilliant 3-option harness system
  • Rapid access
  • Complete with rain cover


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 32 x 45 cm ; 1.3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Item model number: KT 123-GO-30
  • ASIN: B00387I5UO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The 123-GO-10 sling backpack fits a DSLR with standard zoom attached, plus 1-2 extra lenses, flash and your personal gear. The bag is super light, while offering great protection through its TST RIB structure.

Offering the ultimate in freedom, the 123-GO harness can morph from sling pack to backpack and back again. In sling position, the bag easily swings around from your back to your front to achieve quick-draw access to your camera.

In backpack and "X" position, the weight of your gear is spread across both shoulders, adding comfort for longer distances.

Your kit is organised in the bottom compartment, using the modular divider to customise the space. The top compartment will hold your personal gear - perfect for a lightweight waterproof, food, or an occasional extra lens. Extra pockets on the outside offer quick, zippered access to the things you need to hand, like a mobile phone, and are ideal for seperating your full and empty media cards.

The included rain cover folds neatly away into an integrated pouch, and can be hung out to dry using the small buckle next to the carrying handle, or tucked away for storage into one of the pockets.

The 123-GO is the "basic" product family in Kata's Sling Backpack range. For a similar, but more advanced product, Kata's 3N1 range is available with even more features...

Are you a tripod user? An optional Tripod Holder STH-3N1 is available for lightweight travel tripods up to 2kg in weight - search for 3N1 tripod holder.

Box Contains

  • Kata 123-GO-20 sling backpack
  • Rain cover


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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars It's a one star review for a reason... 13 April 2012
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    Yes i'll probably get burned at the stake but let me explain.

    As my collection of kit increased i started to outgrow my original Lowepro 160 (1/2 lens), then a Lowepro Nova (3/4 lens size). I needed more space, something more comfortable for a full day shoot (e.g. a day out round the zoo with my kids), configurable and possibly expand to suit even more kit. Because my budget was a factor i thought i'd researched products very well before choosing to part with hard earned money. The bag generally got a lot of great things said about it but it just isn't very good, it's not even good although does have some good points.

    The good:
    Seems well constructed
    Solid feel to it

    The bad:
    Just about everything else

    When i first got the bag i thought wow, it's great, it's big, seems very well made, appears to have lots of room inside, even the top portion had more space than i thought it would, result... Not so once you start to consider how you're going to use it, how your kit fits in, how safe things are going in be in there, what it's going to be like when you venture off taking photos and it's rattling about on your back.

    So my reasons for such a negative review are:

    The straps.
    The straps themselves are far too thin and not padded well enough. You can put a lot of weight inside the bag which is easy to do with a large body, battery grip, few chunky lens, flash unit, spare batteries, some essentials in the top half and all this weight is on your shoulder(s). That's why i bought a big bag, to fill it. You don't buy a big bag to put a 100g pocket sized point and shoot in. The straps aren't nearly padded enough and more importantly they are too narrow.
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    65 of 74 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An innovative bag, but has a few flaws 19 Aug 2010
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    Length: 9:58 Mins
    After living with this bag for a while I've found some good and bad points. Kata have managed to merge the backpack and the sling bag, but there are a few snags...
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    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Such a relief on the shoulders. 12 July 2010
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    This is the very best way to carry your camera and gear for quick access, After using one of the very similar bags with just one shoulder strap for a half an hour I had an aching shoulder, (even if I carried my camera in my hand).Now I have worn this bag all day with Camera and 5 lenses in it (+ waterproof coat).and hardly noticed the weight. It is superb.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    I received this backpack as a Christmas present and since then, it's already been on a few trips. As a novice to proper camera bags, I must admit I was a little overwhelmed by the ways in which you can modify it (velcro panels, shoulder strap settings, combined zip access). Being someone who tends to do first, learn later with these things, I initially used the top pouch to contain the camera and the main body for compartmentalising everything else (a mistake), but once I'd learned my way around the bag, it worked an absolute treat.

    One thing which isn't nearly applauded enough is the lightness of the whole bag. Even with all pouches filled out, it feels easy to carry and slings easily to the side of your body to allow for adjustments and access to contents. I personally prefer to use a single strap and tuck the other away into the padding, but I'm guessing most people will prefer the secure feeling of a cross-strap setting, which I find a bit of an unsatisfactory halfway house between a sling bag and a static, two-shoulder.

    I agree with a previous commentor that the addition of outer pouches for bottles, etc., would have been a good idea, but, well, it's scratching for issues with a fine product. My advice would be to purchase a separate waist water belt and wear it on the opposite side to which you'll access your camera.

    There's plenty of room for lenses, a flashgun, spare batteries, memory cards, hoods, gloves, notepads, pens, maps and anything else you can realistically think of carrying inside a bag that's designed for photography. Sold separately is the Kata ZZ-STH-3N1 Tripod Holder for All 3N1 Models , which will go nicely with most tripods (and which I've now ordered).
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Nov 2011
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    This bag was an upgrade from a smaller but similar style Lowe Pro, this bag is a big by improvement. The bag has a quality feel about it to start with, and as you discover the different ways of using the bag you realise it's been well thought out. You can wear the bag in a number of ways, from a single strap across your chest, normal backpack style, or by crossing both straps over our chest. There's a wet weather cover included which is handy. And it feels comfortable to wear. I managed to get my main dslr with zoom lens in plus a spare dslr body and two other lenses, filters, and sundries.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars this is the bag 30 Oct 2012
    By Sergio
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    big ti fit all my lenses ... cams and acessories....robust...and good to take on the back...with side open...i will buy it again...
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Convenient 16 Oct 2012
    By Anna
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    Thank you very much for this convenient and useful bag. Having used it for 1 month, I haven't found any disadvantages. I use it very often, almost every day, hope won't have problems))))
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good bag 3 July 2012
    Verified Purchase
    Very confortable, and it is enough place for everything. If you need a good photo backpack don't hesitate buy it!
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