The Kata bag (R102) was engineered to carry a LOT of stuff, protect it, and let you haul it comfortably around. How much stuff? We took our typical "on assignment" setup of camera gear + tool case and managed to put it ALL into the R102!
That comes to 2 bodies, 4 lens (500mm, 35-105, 28mm, 75-150mm), winder, flash+mount, filters, film, tools, battery packs, and a whole lot of other misc bits. The amazing thing was the case still had room for more stuff! We didn't show the tripod carrier or the other accessories because we thought they would make more sense in the First Outing Report.
I have traveled all over with the Andiamo hard case. It has held up extremely well under some pretty tough conditions. The one thing I could not do with the hard case is take it with me on hikings. I have always brought along a standard day pack and picked the gear for that day. I think I'm going to be taking this pack with me a lot more often than the hard case from here on out.
Here is a good view of the "quick access" panel. Notice how thick the padding is in the center section! The camera is completely cradled and securely held in place, but immediately accessible.
The next segment of this series will be our First Outing Report. We'll take the bag out on assignment and let you know how well it performs on its first field test. We'll have a full "In The Wild" report for you after a few months of using this bag.