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What’s in my bag? Episode 2 – Kata Sensitivity V

September 23, 2008

This is a 7-minute video walk-through of the packing job I did for my next international trip using the Kata Sensitivity V Backpack. The backpack remains awesome and it’s carrying just about everything I need – I don’t know that I’d want to take more or go heavier anyway.  The bag ended up approximately 23lbs. in weight.  It could be made lighter with a Macbook Air, but you have to show some restraint :).  This is for an upcoming trip to Capetown, South Africa for touring and Botswana for safari.  My kit for the trip is listed below.  In the video I start with the backpack loaded and unload it an item at a time.

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What’s in my bag? Episode 1

September 1, 2008

Overview:

My favorite backpack (now) is one geared towards the camera/laptop user — the Kata line is reportedly used by the Israeli military and offers great construction, bright yellow interior to make it easy to find items inside, some reconfigurable areas, and a durable neoprene exterior.  This post serves as a visual reminder of how I packed my Kata Sensitivity V Backpack for air travel on a short domestic trip.  I love the backpack and the amount of items it will hold.  The neoprene material is very durable and looks very sleek.

Items Packed:

Apple Macbook, Canon XSi D-SLR camera, Canon SD800 IS camera, 70-200mm lens, 24-105mm lens, 50mm lens, (2) Canon 580EX II flash units, earbuds with case, laptop power supply, extra battery, card reader, (2) reserve recharge batteries, memory card bank holding multiple SD memory cards, misc. accessories, USB cables.

Compared to:

I recently tried the larger Kata R-103 Digital Rucksack, and determined that I couldn’t fit any additional gear inside (perhaps less). The R-103 is a good bag, and provides additional padding and tripod carrying capability on the back, so it could be a decent choice if that’s what you’re looking for.

Other Views:

A video from photog Ron Brinkmann shows how he packed his Kata Sensitivity V for a trip.

Photos:

First is a photo of the bag from above – click on the photo to go to Flickr to see the notes that describe each item in the backpack.  The backpack isn’t overstuffed with these items, but comfortably full.

Kata Sensitivity V packed

Kata Sensitivity V packed

The Macbook fits comfortably in the back of the Kata

The Macbook fits comfortably in the back of the Kata

The closed Kata backpack

The closed Kata backpack

 

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