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Kata 3N1-30 Camera Rucksack - Kata 3N1-30 camera rucksack

By Cliff Smith



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Kata 3N1-30 Camera Rucksack


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As well as the main compartment the 3N1-30 has a separate top compartment big enough for a packed lunch, an anorak and your weak lemon drink, with a few small pockets for pens, a mobile phone and other bits and pieces. There are also two small zipped outer pockets that are ideal for loose change, car keys and other small items.

The bag is designed to fit airline carry-on baggage size requirements, and will fit into overhead lockers, although it's too big to go under the seat. The external size is 32 x 19 x 45cm (12.6 x 7.5 x 17.7 inches), and the shoulder straps can be tucked away under the external back padding, safely out of reach of the carnivorous jaws of airport baggage conveyors. It has a large padded handle on the top for carrying the bag when the straps are stowed.

The bag itself is quite light, weighing only 1.7Kgs (3.7lbs), but if you're lugging around a particularly heavy collection of gear, the back of the bag has a loop to accommodate Kata's optional folding trolley system. There is another version of the same bag design, the 3N1-33, which is almost identical but also has a large well-padded compartment for a laptop computer. The external size is 7.5cm thicker, and the extra compartment has an internal size of 27 x 4 x 42cm (10.6 x 1.6 x 16.6 inches), easily big enough for a 17-inch laptop.

iain coghill

January 12, 2010, 5:47 am

"My only real criticism of the design of the 3N1-30 is that like many current camera rucksacks it has no straps to carry a tripod."

Perfect to useless in one sentence :(

Sean Groarke

January 12, 2010, 11:40 am

"Since none of the cameras I've ordered for this week have arrived..."

Yeah, like me too, like absolutely NONE of my new cameras have turned up this week either. Don't know WHAT I'll do with myself.



January 12, 2010, 2:30 pm

@Cliff - Any news on when the monthly Photo comp will return?

Peter Aston

January 12, 2010, 2:58 pm

My 3N1-20 (same bag but smaller) came with 2 removable tripod holders - maybe I got the one from your review sample?!


January 12, 2010, 3:48 pm

"If only it had some sort of fastening for a tripod it would be pretty much perfect."

Kata is offering an attachable tripod mount, which you can buy as accessory.

Kata also presented a successor, the 3n1-33 (and 3n1-11/22 for the smaller versions) which has an extra laptop compartment, where a 15" laptop fits in.

I think that the new models are replacing the old ones, but I'm not sure about that.


January 12, 2010, 5:15 pm

Ahh.. nothing says beat me up and rob me quite like a camera rucksack..

Dark of Day

January 12, 2010, 6:32 pm

I've been using a small kata bag for several years now (the ergo-tech Prism-U), it's holding up pretty well after a fair bit of abuse and I love the design, build quality and details. Very tempted by this bag or similar from the kata range, to replace the lowepro compurover I kind of regret buying. (nothing really wrong with it just doesnt work for me) ironically one of the reasons I did buy it was for the tripod holder.

BTW: does/has anyone actually had much of a problem with being "beaten up and robbed" because they had a camera bag on them? i appreciate your chances of being robbed are higher if you're traveling to certain parts of the world, but really wandering about in Britian were every other person seems to have a bag full of laptops and ipods shouldn't be that much of a problem.


January 13, 2010, 12:37 am

@ Dark of Day - I went through a (possibly stupid) phase of photographing East London at night, and never got a second look from the hooded and baseball capped "crew" when I walked around with my well used messenger style Domke shoulder bag. It was a whole different matter when I turned up with a big Lowepro swing bag to photograph the Balfron Tower (the prototype of the Trellick), being eye balled by people on the DLR, bus and while on the street. I ended up being followed around by a gang, who only left me alone when I showed them "the worthless old film camera" inside the bag, which happened to be a Hasselblad 501C/M!

These laptop and camera backpacks look very different to the ordinary sports rucksack, and thieves can tell them apart straight away, even more so after they look in a camera shop to see what the "in" brands are. It doesn't matter what the bag contains, just by identifying them they will be able to determine that it'll probably be worth snatching and finding out later. Crumpler bags are not recommend in London for this very reason, as they are very distinctive and colourful, so can be noticed from a distance and almost always guarantee to contain a win win cargo of either a Macbook or DSLR.

Am I being a paranoid cynic, well perhaps that's what living in Leytonstone and Slough does to someone!

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