Kata Pro-Light Bug-205 PL

Kata Pro-Light Bug-205 PL is camera bag to carry and protect a Pro digital SLR camera body with up to a 300mm lens attached, a second camera body, an additional 6-8 lenses, a flash and accessories. The bag features Elements Cover: The provided elements cover will protect your valuable equipment during extreme weather conditions, On Board: This bag complies with most airline regulations for carry-on luggage, Laptop Compartment: This bag features a padded laptop compartment which will allow you to always have your computer at hand and easily accessible, Tripod Holder: The Kata tripod holder allows you never to leave your important tripod behind, and Camera Strap: This feature allows you when carrying a Kata backpack to take the weight of your camera off your neck by attaching your camera to the straps of the backpack. The Kata Pro-Light Bug-205 PL has exterior size 13.8 x 10.2 x 20.9″ (35 x 26 x 53cm) (LxWxH), interior size 13.2 x 7.1 x 20.5″ (33.5 x 18 x 52cm) (LxWxH), and weighs 5.2 lbs (2.35kg).

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Kata Pro-Light Bug-205 PL Expert Reviews

Shutterphoto reviews the Kata Pro-Light Bug-205 PL and writes;
“There’s no doubt that this is a big bag (and I hope I’m not dwelling on that fact too much). The truth is, a great number of you have absolutely no purpose for a bag this size. But for those of you who want to carry everything with you, this could be your ticket.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Kata Pro-Light Bug-205 PL User Reviews

Good Sturdy Bag
“very sturdy bag that holds camera and tripod. The styling doesn’t scream “expensive camera”. Roomy inside. The waist-strap isn’t padded and not the most comfortable. Also, the pockets, don’t have dividers and such that make it easy to store stuff. Overall still a good product.” – By Brian R
Rating: ★★★★☆

Formally Reviewed
“Size – The bag is designed for use by those with more advanced setups. You will easily be able to fit a camera body (pro or consumer) into the bag with a large zoom lens mounted. I use mine with a 200mm zoom with its glare shield mounted – and I even have a pocket stored at the end with two additional lenses. One could easily mount a 300mm lens (or longer) without any problems. Those with smaller setups should move on – this bag is probably too large for you. Durability – let’s face it, Kata is known for making durable bags. This is a lighter weight construction than they’re older bags, but that was not at a cost to durability. I have been using the bag for 6 months now without any visible signs of wear. And I am tough on bags. This has followed me into ruins and through the woods.” – By D. Travis North
Rating: ★★★★☆

Features & Specifications

Kata Pro-Light Bug-205 PL Features & Specifications

The Kata Pro-Light Bug-205 PL Backpack (Black) is designed to carry and protect a Pro digital SLR camera body with up to a 300mm lens attached, a second camera body, an additional 6-8 lenses, a flash and accessories. The backpack is made from lightweight, durable ripstop nylon and polyester mesh with Aeriform foam padding that is perforated super light laminated and reinforced EVA and EPE foams and a Yelloop interior that is a bright yellow material for viewing the contents with ease and it can attach optional Modi-Vers dividers. It also has a removable internal bottom pad, a specially formed foam encased spring steel Spine Guard for ultimate structural protection and an aluminum skeleton stave that arcs across the mid section of the pack. There are 2 large and 5 small Aeriform modular dividers that will comfortably organize additional lenses and accessories. A Lens Pillow can be used either as a lens support or camera body stabilizer.

The Pro-Light Bug-205 PL has front zippered access to the main compartment holding the camera gear and a rear padded laptop compartment with a divider and bottom pad that will hold a computer with a screen up 15.4″. It has zippered pockets on the front flap that can hold accessories such as cables, chargers etc., multiple flat external pockets one of which is designated for a small water bottle and interior mesh pockets. There is a tripod sling which can be attached to either the front or the side of the backpack and a Double-sided Elements Cover for protection in all weather and environment conditions rain or sunshine. It also includes an Aeriform camera strap which is light, flexible and airy and can be used individually or interconnected to the 2 designated loops on the backpack harness thus providing frontal carrying for the camera by using the shoulders instead of having an additional strap around the neck.

The pack is carried by padded handle or an advanced ergonomics harness system which includes: a Gecko Harness which is molded EVA foam harness straps that feature 3D tapered thickness so as to provide extra cushioning where it counts, micro hatch texture secures position firmly and comfortably and the shapely contour fits the body organically. It also has a soft molded 3D foam back for comfort, support and ventilation, Clinch-Clasp sternum strap that is an aluminum clinch connection strap and a stabilizing waist strap with buckles. There are 2 specially designed connection loops for the optional Reflex E camera strap that is made to carry a digital SLR camera comfortably and take the camera load off the neck and an Insertrolley connection for optional wheel along transportation; when this is in use the harness simply tucks out of the way.

Construction
* Lightweight, durable ripstop nylon and polyester mesh exterior
* Aeriform foam is perforated super light laminated and reinforced EVA and EPE foams
* Yelloop interior is a bright yellow material for viewing the contents with ease and it can attach optional Modi-Vers dividers
* Removable internal bottom pad
* Specially formed foam encased spring steel Spine Guard for ultimate structural protection
* Aluminum Skeleton stave arcs across the mid section
* Two large and 5 small Aeriform modular dividers will comfortably organize additional lenses and accessories
* Spider Webbing Straps are thin and narrow nylon and polypropylene straps, that are super strong and durable
* Lens Pillow can be used either as a lens support or camera body stabilizer
* Zipper closure

Compartments
* Front zippered access to the main compartment holding camera gear
* Rear padded laptop compartment with a divider and bottom pad will hold a computer with a screen up 17″

Pockets
* Zippered pockets on the front flap can hold accessories such as cables, chargers etc
* Multiple flat external pockets one of which is designated for a small water bottle
* Interior mesh pockets

* Tripod sling which can be attached to either the front or the side of the backpack

* Double-sided Elements Cover with a mesh pouch that can be used to protect the case and equipment in inclement weather: black side out in rain or snow and in the sun reverses to silver for heat reflection

* Aeriform camera strap which is light, flexible and airy and can be used individually or interconnected to the 2 designated loops on the backpack harness thus providing frontal carrying for the camera by using the shoulders instead of having an additional strap around the neck

* EPH (Ergonomic Photo System) designated connection tabs to enable interconnections with other Kata products

Carrying options
* Padded carry handle
* Gecko Harness molded EVA foam harness straps feature 3D tapered thickness so as to provide extra cushioning where it counts, micro hatch texture secures position firmly and comfortably and shapely contour fits the body organically
* Soft molded 3D foam back for comfort, support and ventilation
* Clinch-Clasp sternum strap is an aluminum clinch connection strap
* Stabilizing waist strap with buckles
* Two specially designed connection loops for the optional Reflex E camera strap made to carry a digital SLR camera comfortably and take the camera load off the neck
* Insertrolley connection for optional wheel along transportation; when this is in use the harness simply tucks out of the way


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1 Comment »

Comment by D. Travis North
2011-05-03 08:37:31

I should note that since doing that review, the Kata Bug-205 PL has become one of the three main bags that I use. On days where I am carrying a little of my office gear (notebooks and the like), I will carry my Kata DR-466i which is smaller and intended more as a day bag for a number of uses. I have a messenger style bag that I use on light-weight days (camera and lens only). But if I am traveling on a photo-centric trip and I want my flash, extra lenses, modifiers and filters – and if I want them all easy to access without taking anything else out of the bag – the Bug-205 PL is my bag of choice. I used the Bug-205 PL recently on a trip to the haunting and fantastic Eastern State Penitentiary, and it really made my day so easy and manageable.

 

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