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KataUltra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray)
 
4.5

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (29)
  • Roomy (28)
  • Strong construction (19)
  • Adjustable harness (17)
  • Easily accessible equipment (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Protecting gear (22)
  • Transporting gear (20)
  • Storing gear (15)
  • Travel (10)
  • Computer (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Practical (6), Pro photographer (5), Comfort-oriented (4), Modern (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I am an astronaut now.

I don't remember joining NASA, but I am suddenly an astronaut with this camera bag on. Engineering such as found in this product is normally reserved for Swiss watches, German cars and Israeli...Read complete review

I don't remember joining NASA, but I am suddenly an astronaut with this camera bag on. Engineering such as found in this product is normally reserved for Swiss watches, German cars and Israeli tanks. It was used daily in NYC to carry camera gear in the lower half and gym clothes in the top compartment. It is reliable and durable. The whole "tray" is removable from the bottom compartment, along with the dividers, so one could probably fit a whole broadcast network tv camera in it. The separator between compartments unzips to make one large compartment.

I used this bag to take water, snacks, batteries, flashlights and extra socks to the top of Mt. Fuji in Japan on a bullet climb on September 1, 2013. I am glad I had this bag.

Furthermore, if one knows how to sew, you can use yellow thread and permanently attach the lower half screen netting so the bag is converted into a pet carrier with less than 26cm height. This is important when taking pets on international flights. My cat rode in it from Tokyo to Honolulu (6 hours flight, 9 hours total inside it).

As the plane was half empty (Oahu is rather gross lately) I was allowed to move seats and slept across 4 seats on Flight KE001 with my Kata Bumblebee on the floor next to me. Nitze, my cat, was cozy. Unfortunately, the Kata Bumblebee 222 and my sewing skills cant always hold up to the strength of a curious Maine Coon and I was awakened by the flight attendant who told me that Nitze was at the 1st class galley with the stewardesses. Fortunately she had her harness and leash on (it's red, it was her xmas present). I got Nitze back in the carrier/Kata Bumblebee 222 and happily finished the flight.

AQS in Tokyo and Honolulu were equally amazed at the quality and construction of the Kata Bumblebee 222. Most photographers will surely agree. Maybe in the future there will be a movie about a Maine Coon that runs about an A330-300 at 40,000ft and makes friends with the stewardesses.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Think twice if intend to use as Carry-On

While visiting NYC for my 50th, had to see B&H in person (a must see!).My husband and I splurged on this bag because it seemed to have everything I had...Read complete review

While visiting NYC for my 50th, had to see B&H in person (a must see!).My husband and I splurged on this bag because it seemed to have everything I had been looking for in a backpack camera bag (all-in-one for computer, lenses, cameras x3, plus room for miscellaneoous) AND that it would be all together for taking on airplanes. How majorly disappointed i was to be told on four different size planes, including 737, that it would have to handed over to the Sky Check folks (are you kidding me?)because it would not fit in overhead storage. Thankfully, the first time,I had a bag I could empty the contents into, and handed the backpack over. Then, I had to go prepared and each time was same.Now, there's no way I'll try again - what a waste of money. Otherwise, really liked it.

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5.0

love it

By baz

from nowra

Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

Love this pack. Simple and easy enough to use. Have used it as a normal pack on many occasions without the camera storage. I particularly like the rubber foam straps cannot find any other products with this. I wish kata made normal backpacks.

 
5.0

Almost perfect

By SBrady

from Boston, MA

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable Harness
  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Roomy
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

    This is one of my most useful camera bags. It's comfortable for day and weekend photography excursions. It has multiple options for gear storage and preferences. I purchased a second tripod base pocket to carry a flash stand along with my tripod. My only issue is that there are no enough smaller organizers for little things like batteries or memory cards.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Fantastic bag.

    By SBrady

    from MA

    Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

    So far this bag seems to be almost perfect. It hold everything I need for day trips and weekend excursions. A few small items to help organize the top compartment could make it a bit better but that's a personal preference. I bought a second tripod base holder to carry a flash stand along with my camera tripod. The bag is completely adjustable and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a new sturdy backpack.

     
    4.0

    Great dual purpose bag

    By Sailor

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Good Daypack
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction
    • Versitile

    Cons

    • No Fit Under Plane Seat
    • Too Big 4 Under Seat

    Best Uses

    • Converting To Daypack
    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

    I travel to and from a boat in the Caribbean on a regular basis and use this bag to transport my Nikon D600, four lenses, a flash, a GoPro and a 17 inch laptop, with room for books, passports, cell phones, etc. Once on the boat, I remove the bottom camera equipment pouch and use it as a daypack. It's well-built and designed. It's reasonably comfortable on the shoulders, unless it's really loaded-up. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit well under an airline seat.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I am an astronaut now.

    By Nitze and Ken

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Pet Gets Out

    Best Uses

    • Cat Carrier
    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

    I don't remember joining NASA, but I am suddenly an astronaut with this camera bag on. Engineering such as found in this product is normally reserved for Swiss watches, German cars and Israeli tanks. It was used daily in NYC to carry camera gear in the lower half and gym clothes in the top compartment. It is reliable and durable. The whole "tray" is removable from the bottom compartment, along with the dividers, so one could probably fit a whole broadcast network tv camera in it. The separator between compartments unzips to make one large compartment.

    I used this bag to take water, snacks, batteries, flashlights and extra socks to the top of Mt. Fuji in Japan on a bullet climb on September 1, 2013. I am glad I had this bag.

    Furthermore, if one knows how to sew, you can use yellow thread and permanently attach the lower half screen netting so the bag is converted into a pet carrier with less than 26cm height. This is important when taking pets on international flights. My cat rode in it from Tokyo to Honolulu (6 hours flight, 9 hours total inside it).

    As the plane was half empty (Oahu is rather gross lately) I was allowed to move seats and slept across 4 seats on Flight KE001 with my Kata Bumblebee on the floor next to me. Nitze, my cat, was cozy. Unfortunately, the Kata Bumblebee 222 and my sewing skills cant always hold up to the strength of a curious Maine Coon and I was awakened by the flight attendant who told me that Nitze was at the 1st class galley with the stewardesses. Fortunately she had her harness and leash on (it's red, it was her xmas present). I got Nitze back in the carrier/Kata Bumblebee 222 and happily finished the flight.

    AQS in Tokyo and Honolulu were equally amazed at the quality and construction of the Kata Bumblebee 222. Most photographers will surely agree. Maybe in the future there will be a movie about a Maine Coon that runs about an A330-300 at 40,000ft and makes friends with the stewardesses.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    Little 2 big

    By Arzaga

    from Boston,Ma

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Big For A Carry On
    • Big For The Everyday

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear
    • Trips Out Of Town

    Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

    I was looking for something for my daily city trip and on location shoots,
    After reading reviews and comparing all kata bags and watching youtube reviews i decided to go for the 222. Love the design, the straps, is light and so comfortable. Now the cons; it is to big for a daily bag. Now i am looking for. A second one, smaller and similar. The other kata options doesn't hold my laptop so i have to go look somewhere else. Besides that, its a little to big for the airplane. You can remove the inside divisions, and it will be able to fit on the plane compartment, but your stuff will not be still. The color in my opinion looks good, but if you like to be prudent and shoot in shady places like me, you better go for a black on. Besides i don't know for how long it will last clean!
    If you want to show off an amazing looking camera bag and the size does not matter go for it!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great Bag

    By Al

    from New Jersey

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Harness
    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Storing Gear

      Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

      Great bag, holds plenty of gear. After taking time to organize the sections in the bag, it is fantastic. Very durable, light, and distributes weight well. Cons: the bag is larger than I expected (not really such a bad thing).

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Backpack

      By Jackie S Photography

      from MEntor OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

          Love this bag. Great color and style. Love the zipper pulls and all the pockets. Holds what I would need on an all day photo hike. Its big...looks it would hold more stuff but the space is big enough to hold what I need and my lap top too for travel. I think it provides a safe place for my equipment with a good amount of padding.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Awesome bag

          By kalinski

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Hard To Access Equipment

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

          This bag holds all of my gear and some. Very light and comfortable.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Impressive but imperfect

          By Loose Canon with a Canon

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Camera Strap Conversion
          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Internal Frame
          • Light
          • Relatively light
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Complicated Waist Belt
          • Too Big For Overhead Bin
          • Ugly Color

          Best Uses

          • Hiking
          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear
          • Travel With Camera And Pc

          Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

          This product deserves its highly touted reputation for support, very low weight, and organized storage. The market for high-end, light weight camera plus laptop protection with additional storage is surprisingly limited, and, after a LOT of research, I chose this one, and it performs as advertised. I really like the camera strap (which replaces the normal neck strap) that converts easily to hook to the backpack shoulder straps. The internal frame is plus, but the silver-grey color is horrible. (Like many others, I was unwilling to pay the huge market difference/premium of $ + to buy the more palatable black version). My primary frustration, however, is that the bag DOES NOT FIT in the overhead bin in smaller, regional jets!!!! Also, the waist belt mechanism seems unduly complicated to me.... Still, a light, solid, well padded and organized camera and laptop bag, well worth the money....

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Exceeded expectations

          By Arda

          from Terre Haute, IN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

            I've needed a bag like this for a long time. After getting this bag I realized that it had more than enough space to all my photography equipment (A bunch of small electronics, A Telephoto lens, A macro lens, A teleconverter, Nikon D7000 with stock lens, and SB-700 External Flash). The straps in front of the bag also help getting some of the weight off of your bag. Therefore, it is also very easy to carry this bag.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Almost exactly the bag I wanted

            By JCB3

            from Baltimore MD USA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • A little too large
            • Many straps

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

            I was looking for a quality travel backpack for Sony A850 with VG and 70-400 attached. Wanted room for other lenses and typical travel items. the bag fits everything I wanted and carries the load well. It's comfortable, well fitting and good quality.

            It does not fit in overhead bins of CRJ or ERJ aircraft. I would not mind if it was about 2 inches less deep and that there was a good way to stow the straps. The only other recommendation would be a couple more internal pouches, clips or rings for attaching car keys, accessories, etc. I will probably sew a in a couple of the aforementioned items.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray)

            By Anthony

            from Hong Kong

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Dirt clean up issue

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

            The backpack is light weight, compact and reliable. It is easy to load and offload cameras and gears easily (two cameras with 2-3 prime lens and some others). Computer holder position can be used to place some miscellanous items if you do not bring the laptop in the trip. A minor drawback is that dirts may not be easy to clean up completely though the sales said it should be.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            3.0

            Some Pro's & Con's

            By Traveler

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Doesn't fit on airplanes
            • Not sized for a woman

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear

            Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

            I recently bought the black version of this (now discontinued), flew on airplanes with it and spent a day carrying it and my equipment (except tripod) around on my back. This bag is divided up well so you can accommodate your camera gear, snacks, etc. The shoulder straps are well designed. As a woman, I had to move the chest strap up a notch, but then it worked well. The hip strap worked pretty well, which was a surprise since it looks pretty flimsy. The straps are very long and, even though I rolled them up w/the provided velcro, they repeatedly came loose and dangled all over the place. The aluminum frame is a good idea, but with two major drawbacks. It's not designed for a woman's hips and can cause sciatic pain - not a small issue. Also, and this is very important to note - this bag does NOT fit in the overhead bins of smaller planes, does NOT fit under the seat in front of you without sticking out substantially - if you can get it in there at all, and ONLY fits overhead in a large plane by squeezing and smashing to the point that you wonder what you just did to the bag and your photo gear. So, if you're not a woman and you're not traveling by airplane, this is a great bag.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent design

            By lteran

            from SLC, Utah

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

              Finally, a backpack that is comfortable to wear even when I've stuffed it full! I recently filled it with a Canon 5D MarkII, 3 lenses (one 70-200),3 batteries, 4 cards, a Hoodman, an Expodisc, an Arctic Bufferfly, and a 17-inch MacBook Pro. And, it still fit into the over-head bin on a cross-country Delta flight. The zippers are durable, and the straps - and frame - are comfortable. Now I can sell all the other packs I've spent a small fortune on...only to be disappointed.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Superb Backpack

              By Mark

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable Harness
              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                This is a lightweight, well constructed backpack with storage for both camera gear and personal stuff.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Think twice if intend to use as Carry-On

                By TexasCanuck

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Cumbersome

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Storing Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                While visiting NYC for my 50th, had to see B&H in person (a must see!).My husband and I splurged on this bag because it seemed to have everything I had been looking for in a backpack camera bag (all-in-one for computer, lenses, cameras x3, plus room for miscellaneoous) AND that it would be all together for taking on airplanes. How majorly disappointed i was to be told on four different size planes, including 737, that it would have to handed over to the Sky Check folks (are you kidding me?)because it would not fit in overhead storage. Thankfully, the first time,I had a bag I could empty the contents into, and handed the backpack over. Then, I had to go prepared and each time was same.Now, there's no way I'll try again - what a waste of money. Otherwise, really liked it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great pack, but not for petite people

                By KT

                from Kailua, HI

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                  I like the design of the pack with space on the top for personal gear. It easily fits a jacket, some snacks, and a flash bracket. I've got a D300s, four lenses and a flash in the main compartment, and there is still quite a bit more room. The computer pocket is quite large, and I use it to hold a water bladder when I'm out hiking without the computer. There are several small external pockets that I use for storing batteries, memory cards, the rain fly, car keys, etc. The main complaints about the pack are 1) It is fairly large, and I'm not sure it would be allowed on all airlines as a carry on, but it holds what I need it to. 2) The waist belt is really large. I'm not exactly petite (5'8", 140 lbs), but I have to cinch it down to its smallest size, and then it just fits. However, I've also tried LowePro and ClikElite packs and I had the same problem with them.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Impressive

                  By JD

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • High Quality
                  • Long Strap Lengths
                  • Outstanding Looks
                  • Roomy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                    This is a usefull size backpack with room for photography equipment plus some personal items. The top section could easily store additional photo gear if you provided protective cases or organizers. Left as an open area it is great for a light jacket, lunch, etc. My Nikon D3S fits snugly in the well protected bottom with room for lots of extras down both sides. Kata has very impressive workmanship and this bag looks fantastic. Kata spent some time thinking this design through. It is very comfortable. I think a backpack is a good choice for many outings and during those times I have not found one that can beat the "222" for my needs. Empty it is hard to believe how light it is and even loaded it is the most comfortable pack I have ever had on. All straps as provided are very long and will fit extremely large persons, or with a quick pull shrink to fit persons of lesser stature. The mesh between your back and the pack is great for hot weather. Kata you have impressed me. This is an a time I paid for a premium product and received what I paid for. If you do not need the personl storage, Kata has the "Prolight" dedicated fully to photot-gear storage. I recommend the "222" without hesitation. The silver looks fantastic.

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                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Quality paid for was quality received!

                    By Doug

                    from Texas

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Comfortable
                    • Roomy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                      [...] I reviewed measurements before purchase but was concerned this pack might prove a little large for what I wanted. When unboxing it I thought it would have been perfect if 3" less thick but otherwise perfect. Placing my D3s into the pack it was obvious Kata knows what they are doing. The large Nikon fits perfectly but needs all the packs thickness as provided. I am a large man and all straps fit me so should go around anyone and Kata is the first manufacture I have seen to provide ample strap length. I tried many other packs including other Kata models at a local vendor and had e-mailed Kata prior to purchse regarding their strap lengths. (Kata customer service had responded timely to all my questions.) Empty it is hard to believe the 222 pack is so light. Quality of this product is in line with it's price. Comfort is outstanding. If using the camera straps from the shoulder harness it appears Kata selected on the side of caution choosing clips less likely to come loose and destroy a camera over instant ease of removal. Considering I saved for 2-years for my D3s I am happy with having to take a few seconds to get the clips worked off the loops and it seems easier after the first few times. Kata spent some time and thought on this bag and it looks fantastic. I read opinions that backbacks were not a good way to carry equipment but have never been please with any shoulder bag owned. I agree no one way to carry equipment is ideal all the time but for those outings where a pack makes sense I have not seen one better made, better looking, lighter or more comfortable. The mesh back support and air space between it and the pack will be appreciated on our hot Texas days. The extra space at the top of the pack is perfect for lunch or personal items and extra camera gear could always go there too. Thanks Kata!

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