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Old January 5th, 2011, 10:41 AM   #16
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I just checked again the specifications of the Kata 106 and the CineBags CB 25A.

The CineBags exterior dimensions are smaller - so maybe less problems when you want to carry it on board for flights. As I have written above, I used it in the last couple of months all around the world and never had a problem to get it on board as carry-on item.

Kata 106 is bigger - so that might cause problems - but of course I do not have any experience with that one. Maybe you have a dealer, where you can look at both of them with your equipment...

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Old February 1st, 2011, 06:50 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Les Wilson View Post
I found two camera bags by Think Tank that "Might" work. I did not yet have the chance to drive to a local dealer and try them. These are the two that seem to be close according to dimensions but I wouldn't get one without trying it.

Glass Taxi Camera Shoulder Backpack - Think Tank

Streetwalker Pro? Backpack - Think Tank
Epilog: I ordered both online to try them. Even tho the Glass Taxi specs say the inside depth is 8", that is deceiving. That is the dimension at the base only and it quickly shallows to 5-6". There's no way I'd put the EX1R in there as it bulges significantly.

The Streetwalker Pro does however fit the EX1R (sans shotgun) adequately with the camera on it's side or its bottom. When on its bottom, there's a slight bulge and I'd take care when handling it in that position. But for schlepping down a trail or city street, I think it's OK.

Unlike the Glass Taxi, there's enough room for some accessories such as SWIT batteries, shotgun, LEDzilla and a raincover. I don't think the SOLA ENG 3 would fit but I don't have one to try. Also, the StreetWalker Pro has two internal pockets and a nice external pocket for the little stuff. THere's straps to externally lash a small photo tripod, monopod or boom pole to the back. My goal was to have a compact day-hike kit to schlepp the basics around for shooting but would then fit into a roll-aboard for travel. YMMV.

One of the design points I like about the Streetwalker Pro is the well designed shoulder harness that leaves space between the pads for your spine. It's feels good but I haven't worn it enough to say. TBD

Also, the unit is modular and Think Tank offers two replacement waist belts that let you add more padded storage packs. There's also nice rings on the shoulder straps to hang an audio case or still camera.
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