In my continuous attempt to keep my travel gear light as possible for my personal travel, I’ve been looking at some options in terms of camera bags. Before, I had two bags with me, my Kata Sensitivity Bag and my regular 30-liter Deuter Backpack. While I really like the efficiency of the Sansitivity-V for its size, it’s really hard to travel with 2 bags in tow, especially when you’re always on the move. When I found the Kata Hybrid-537 D-lite Shoulder Bag while doing some window shop on a camera store, I thought it was ingenious that I can remove the compartments making it more compact if I wanted to so I bought one at Island Photo. After months of having it with me, here what I thought of it.
What I liked:
- First thing I liked is how I can detach the compartments so I can use either one when I need a compact camera case. And it’s easy to attach them via the secure velcro straps.
- It has the same light material as my Kata Sensitivity-V which I really like.
- It comes with a rain cover that can be folded to a compact size
- The shoulder strap feels comfortable
- I has the Modi-verse feature which I can re-arrange the division inside the large compartment
- The main compartment is spacious enough that with my Mirrorless system, I can fit my camera as well as 2 additional lenses with my filters in them. It could also fit a regular DSLR with a standard lens attached and another lens on the side.
- There’s an option to carry it on the waist via a belt loop
- There’s also a strap included if I would want to put a small tripod/monopod as well but since I have a big tripod I never used it.
- Great value for only P2400
What I didn’t like:
- It can be hard to zip close when it is bent out of shape while carrying if the content is heavy.
As you can see, there is a lot to like about this Kata Hybrid Bag. I found that for me a shoulder bag is more efficient to use than a back pack. For an instance when I’m traveling and suddenly I found a spontaneous subject on the road, I can easily access the camera on the side to shoot as opposed to a camera on my backpack which I have to remove from my back, unzip and pull out from the bag. A lot of seconds lost. By the time I have the camera in hand, the subject would have been far away. But that’s just my style and I found the Kata Hybrid-537 DL Camera Bag works for me.