REVIEW: Kata DB-455 DPS Camera Bag

After a few days of use, I can confidently say that the Kata DB-455 DPS camera bag lives up to my expectations.


  1. I appreciate that Kata-yellow lining that I see in their products—something about it just seems more professional. Finding stuff in a bright-yellow-lined bag is a lot easier than one with a black or dark-fabric lining.
  2. The removable camera compartment is really great. Sturdy handle, plenty of room (my 5DMK3 with the 24-105mm lens fits just fine), and plenty of padding.
  3. Having the computer and camera icons printed on their respective compartments is pretty cool.
  4. Each side of the bag has an external bottle compartment, which I found to be the final “this is perfect for me” feature.
  5. The shoulder strap is sturdy, and the padding is very comfortable.
  6. The business card holder is a nice touch (albeit a little loose).


  1. The bottom clips are covered by fabric, which can make clipping the bag shut a little awkward.
  2. Also, there’s a messenger bag flap as well as a zipper flap to protect the contents. That may be a selling point, or extra hassle for some (kind of a hassle to me).
  3. My old bag had an easy-access compartment so you could access your laptop without opening the main compartment…that’s one feature I would have like to see on this bag.
  4. The handle on the bag is awkwardly placed and thin. That’s another thing I would have liked to be more robust.
  5. I’ve heard folks complain that the plastic hooks on the strap break easily (so far they seem fine to me).

I think this bag is best suited for anyone that needs to pack light, but include a laptop, DSLR, and some small accessories. For me, it’s a perfect commuting bag, and the only bag I’ve seen to incorporate the DSRL/Laptop combo effectively (and it was on sale!).

So, a bag is a bag, but it can make all the difference. This is my second Kata gear bag, and I think I’m officially a convert.