After a few days of use, I can confidently say that the Kata DB-455 DPS camera bag lives up to my expectations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Having the computer and camera icons printed on their respective compartments is pretty cool.
- Each side of the bag has an external bottle compartment, which I found to be the final “this is perfect for me” feature.
- The shoulder strap is sturdy, and the padding is very comfortable.
- The business card holder is a nice touch (albeit a little loose).
- The bottom clips are covered by fabric, which can make clipping the bag shut a little awkward.
- 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).
- 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.
- The handle on the bag is awkwardly placed and thin. That’s another thing I would have liked to be more robust.
- 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.