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We are KATA. Since 1985 we've been making protective & lightweight camera bags that last a lifetime. We work closely with some of the world's leading photographers and we love what we do.

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On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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Gosman: I looked at the video of the bag. Most excellent! However, I am always concerned about theft. While wearing the bag, can someone steal a lense out of the bag if I am distracted? Looks like the zippers are accessible from the rear.

Hey Gosman,

That's always a possibility. We're working to find some clever solutions (please see our message to castleofargh above).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2012 at 16:22 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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castleofargh: i can't see this as a do it all simply because it s a bit small. but as a secondary bag for hiking and to take with me on a plane, it could be really nice. 9.8 x 19.3 x 13.0" (24.9 x 49.0 x 33.0 cm) that s about the max you can take with you on most planes, so i can't really complain about the size.

what immediately activated my spider alarm was that we would eventually open the stuff too wide and kaboom. so i checked the videos and photos and realized you though about it too ^_^
the zippers of the revolving part could open too widely, but the clips would stop the bag from opening up completely. and the fishnet thing is here to add even more safety. i couldn't think of a way to make this fail, congrats i really like how you dealt with this "potential" problem.

plz make a big version, i swear i will find a use for the extra space.
also i always ask for this, a simple way to bind the zippers when we walk in populated areas. i want your cleverness on this problem!!!

Hey castleofargh,

Thanks for the ideas!

I especially like the self-lock mechanism that works when you buckle-up the front belt (or something crazy like that :).

We actually tried the angry monkey with a gun thing last year, but we realized that it would add up too much to our bags' overall costs (and besides, our customer service department isn't prepared for that yet!).

My main point is that we understand your concern (naturally) and we've passed it to our R&D team. Perhaps sometime in the near future we'll come up with clever & innovative solutions that would not involve carrying bananas around :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2012 at 16:21 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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lucavascon: Hi, as both professional an passionate photographer, and being used to carry with me very uncommon photo gear, like sppecial heads, panoramic heads, 8mm f2.8Nikkor etc. I early discovered that you defenitely need to own more than one bag. The way the bag is done is foundamental in determining how much, and what gear you will bring with you, how easy you will take it out-change lenses etc.
I find this one VERY interesting, but I think the system would be PERFECT on a slinging backpack configuration! You would have everything always reachable even if you have the openings on a single side. This means less frequently used openings and less problems. Plus, dear Kata bags, we deed new concept bags for micro 4/3 with those tiny, diminutive lenses. Bags aren't accessories, they are NECESSORIES! Thanx Kata for the innovations and the quality. Only thing I do not love 100% is the separated raincoat, easy to lose and uneasy to put on and off, but I appreciate it is really watertight. Luca.

Hi Luca,

Thank you. We love the word Necessories over here :)
As for the Micro 4/3 lenses, you may want to look at our MarvelX family: http://www.kata-bags.com/search?q=marvelx&search_button_x=0&search_button_y=0&t=products

About that rain cover - thank you. Hopefully we can come up with a nice solution for this sometime in the near future.
In the mean while, if you should loose yours, please shoot us an email to cs@kata-bags.com.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2012 at 10:17 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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KATA Bags: Hi DPreviewers,

We were very flattered and excited to read this review and to follow the lively conversation in the comments (what a great way to start a day!).

If it's okay, we'd like to post our answers as replies to your comments below.

We will be following this thread, so please feel free to ask us anything here and we'll do our best to answer promptly.

Thanks everyone
Amos from KATA

Hi Qwertyasdf,

First, we're very sorry for your poor customer service experience.
It seems like your CS experience was with one of our local distributors, which unfortunately we cannot control.

We actually have our very own CS department which you can reach directly at any time, and we are very dedicated to ensuring 100% satisfaction for all of our customers.
We owe you that.

The easiest way to reach them is via cs@kata-bags.com - the girls in this team go overboard to make sure no customer of ours is left unhappy.

We take CS very seriously - it's one of the main cornerstones of our relationship with our customers.

Please make sure to attach a photo of the problem you're describing.
We will do whatever is needed to assist you promptly.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2012 at 09:45 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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KATA Bags: Hi DPreviewers,

We were very flattered and excited to read this review and to follow the lively conversation in the comments (what a great way to start a day!).

If it's okay, we'd like to post our answers as replies to your comments below.

We will be following this thread, so please feel free to ask us anything here and we'll do our best to answer promptly.

Thanks everyone
Amos from KATA

Hey OldArrow,

Thank you for your valuable ideas!
I've passed it down to our R&D team.
One of our biggest challenges is how to ensure superb protection while still keeping our products affordable.

We believe we do a good job at it (for example: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=444277542276603&set=o.147460298625549&type=1&theater), but of course we're always working on getting better - and it's just this kind of valuable ideas and advice from photographers like you who help us get there.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2012 at 09:45 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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castleofargh: i can't see this as a do it all simply because it s a bit small. but as a secondary bag for hiking and to take with me on a plane, it could be really nice. 9.8 x 19.3 x 13.0" (24.9 x 49.0 x 33.0 cm) that s about the max you can take with you on most planes, so i can't really complain about the size.

what immediately activated my spider alarm was that we would eventually open the stuff too wide and kaboom. so i checked the videos and photos and realized you though about it too ^_^
the zippers of the revolving part could open too widely, but the clips would stop the bag from opening up completely. and the fishnet thing is here to add even more safety. i couldn't think of a way to make this fail, congrats i really like how you dealt with this "potential" problem.

plz make a big version, i swear i will find a use for the extra space.
also i always ask for this, a simple way to bind the zippers when we walk in populated areas. i want your cleverness on this problem!!!

First, thank you for your kind words. Our R&D department is a very devoted team of designers, craftsmen and innovators and we always try to come up with clever solutions to common problems.

We're really glad people like you are posting these kind of comments here - it gives us a very clear understanding of photographers' concerns.

Seems like more people are asking for more room.
Can you expand what you meant by binding the zippers?

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2012 at 17:17 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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PeterLHughes: This bag is aimed at professional photographers, however it only has space for one camera body. Myself and all the pro photographers I know always carry a second body as backup whenever we are on an assignment.
Also, you often need to be carrying a pair of flashguns for the same reason.
Hence, the fundamental problem with this revolver system is that it is an inefficient use of space, which is made worse by the lack of movable compartment spacers.
My Lowepro backpack (Flipside 400AW), can fit 2 bodies, 3 lenses, 2 speedlites, accessories, tripod, 1 ltr water and a cheese sandwich.

Hey Peter,

Thank you for the valuable feedback on this bag.

When we create new families, the first bag we release is usually the Medium sized one. This size usually answers most of our users' needs.

We didn't want to make this model too large, and within our size limitations we chose to allow 1 camera body and up to 5 lenses and a water bladder (or laptop), with room for accessories.

We always work closely with some of the world's top photographers to understand the most common needs of photography professionals and we try to meet them the best way we can. However sometimes you have to make sacrifices. For this reason, we've decided that having room for a 2nd camera body isn't critical enough to justify making this specific model larger and heavier.

Our future models of the Revolver will feature various sizes, some of which will allow you to carry more gear.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2012 at 17:13 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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ryansholl: Hey does this have a waist strap?!

;)

Hey ryansholl,

Yes, the Revolver-8 PL does come with a basic waist belt.
Our designers chose not to add a larger waist belt to not make the bag cumbersome (we aimed at maximum flexiibility of use).

However, like most of our bags, the Revolver-8 PL is modular.
As @faterikcartman mentioned below, we do offer a heavy-duty waist belt separately, which can replace the basic one. We think it goes against the bag's core quick-draw concept.

Thank you for your interest, and for asking these important questions.
We'll be following this thread, so please feel free to ask us anthing here and we'll do our best to answer promptly.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:22 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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Perry Young: 70-200 sized lens can't be stored in pack while attached to body.

Actually you can store a camera body with a 70-200mm in the Revolver-8 PL. However, it's a little tricky.

The DSLR body with a attached 70-200mm lens will fit inside the bag when inserted from the top compartment. This means that you will need to open the separating divider between the top compartment and the drum (simply unzip the internal divider).

With this configuartion, the lens fits nicely right inside the drum.
Keep in mind though that when the camera and the attached 70-200mm lens are placed this way in the bag, it can only be pulled out from the top compartment.

To rotate the drum, you will need to take the camera out of the bag first - which is okay, because there usually isn't much point in changing lenses while you're camera is in the bag.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:19 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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AshMills: Not a single criticism, wow, the perfect bag. Please confirm Mike that you didn't get to keep this?

Also, since this is "aimed at the professional" it can carry a selection of fast glass?-doesnt look like a 70-200 2.8, 85 1.2 or any 300mm lens would fit?

Does look ideal for pickpocketing.

Hi AshMills,

Yes, the Revolver-8 PL does support a 70-200 2.8.
As to 300mm, that really depends on your lens make & model.
It also depends on what other lenses you want to fit within the scope of the Revolver's drum diameter, which is 28cm / 11".

We suggest to simply draw a similar-sized circle on a piece of paper or cardboard at home and see if your gear should fit. That's a pretty strong indicator and doesn't require you to travel to a nearby store (however, we always recommend to check your gear physically with any bag at a store before buying).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:18 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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chromablind: Every time I see a backpack like that, I scratch my head - what is its mission? If the quick access to lenses is so important, why not carry a proper shoulder bag with quick access to everything, including cameras. Here you have to take your backpack off to get to the camera. It's obviously not for hiking because it has no provisions whatsoever for water, food, clothes, and first aid kit (and no, for those who confuse a walk from the door to the car with a hike, those supplies will not fit into your pockets).

And I do know why a waist belt is not shown - look at the video link provided by WilliamJ - the pack is too short.

(2nd question) What about hiking?

We didn't design this bag for long period hiking.
However, you can fit water bladder in the laptop compartment (make sure you get a good one).

If the quick access to lenses is so important, why not carry a proper shoulder bag with quick access to everything, including cameras. Here you have to take your backpack off to get to the camera. It's obviously not for hiking because it has no provisions whatsoever for water, food, clothes, and first aid kit (and no, for those who confuse a walk from the door to the car with a hike, those supplies will not fit into your pockets).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:14 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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chromablind: Every time I see a backpack like that, I scratch my head - what is its mission? If the quick access to lenses is so important, why not carry a proper shoulder bag with quick access to everything, including cameras. Here you have to take your backpack off to get to the camera. It's obviously not for hiking because it has no provisions whatsoever for water, food, clothes, and first aid kit (and no, for those who confuse a walk from the door to the car with a hike, those supplies will not fit into your pockets).

And I do know why a waist belt is not shown - look at the video link provided by WilliamJ - the pack is too short.

Mike Perlman described it quite percisely above: "This backpack is aimed at the professional who possesses an arsenal of lenses that need to be deployed quickly throughout a typical shoot"

(warning: shameless self-promotion in 3, 2, 1)

If you look at the trailer video we released for this bag, you can see just that in action - simply skip the video to 1:08 -
http://www.kata-bags.com/product/0/KT%2BPL-R-8/_/Revolver-8_PL_Revolving_backpack_for_Pro_DSLR_%2B_5_lenses?tab=trailer_video

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:10 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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Perry Young: I have this pack. And unfortunately it does have negatives. Basically, if you have a pro size DSLR or a DSLR with grip, the top compartment will be quite tight. I managed to fit a 5D3 with grip and the 600EX, but it is tight.

For the revolving chamber, lenses with diameters larger or longer than the 24-105 will be a tight fit. It seems to have been designed with smaller lenses in mind. My 85L or 24TSE fitted in one of the normal chamber will cause snags. Furthermore, most of the lenses' hoods will not fit mounted in reverse on the lens. The 70-200 is a snug fit in the middle revolving section without hood.

Despite the negatives, the pack is an excellent lens changer pack provided your lenses are not large diameter ones. And the straps along with the top compression strap makes it a very comfortable pack to wear all day.

Hi Perry,

Thank you for your very valuable feedback.

The Revolver-8 PL is actually our first model in this family.
We usually start at mid-size products and go to smaller and larger versions from there. In the future, we may come up with different sized models to accommodate a wider variety of photo gear.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 15:53 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)
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JWest: The killer feature for me is that the travel strap "makes airports friendly again". Does the manual cover how I can use the strap to achieve this?

Hi JWest,
The InserTrolley sleeve that the bag comes with (also referred to here by JWest as Travel Strap) is extremely easy to use.
You can watch a video demo of the InserTrolley and the designated sleeve right here (demonstrated on another bag): http://vimeo.com/3867042

Also, please keep in mind that the InserTrolley is sold separately.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 15:51 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Backpack article (71 comments in total)

Hi DPreviewers,

We were very flattered and excited to read this review and to follow the lively conversation in the comments (what a great way to start a day!).

If it's okay, we'd like to post our answers as replies to your comments below.

We will be following this thread, so please feel free to ask us anything here and we'll do our best to answer promptly.

Thanks everyone
Amos from KATA

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 15:51 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies
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