Join me as I take an exclusive first look at the newest photography bag in the Kata Digital Photo Series, the 3N1-20. It is a sling bag that can convert from the single strap sling style pack to a traditional two-strap backpack for longer photo walks.

I am a photographer who likes having my camera gear at the ready, but I don't always want to wear it around my neck. Having only had the 3N1 for 24 hours, I am already in LOVE with it. As you will see in the video, I can swing the bag from back to front and easily pull my camera and gear out of the bag without ever removing it from my back. When I am am finished snapping a photo, I can put my camera back into the pack and swing it back behind me and be on my way.

In the bottom part of the pack, I carry my Canon 30D with battery grip and L-plate, Canon G9, Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens mounted, lens hood attached, Tamron AF 14mm rectilinear lens, Speedlight 580EX, Lensbaby 3G, polarizers, extra batteries, and other accessories. In the top part of the bag, I carry all of my personal items, wallet, keys, iPhone, sunglasses, water bottle, etc. I am not getting paid for this and don't mean to sound like an ad, but this is just the photo bag I have been waiting for. It's my new purse. Really. :)

The 3N1 begins shipping in July and will retail for somewhere around $90 - $125 USD, depending on where you purchase it.

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Now that I have mine locked and loaded, I'll be back in a week or two with a full functional review.

What do you think of this bag? Let me know what you look for in a photography or gear bag.

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