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Kata Grip-10 DL System Camera Bag Review

Kata Grip-10 DL System Camera Bag Review - A review of the compact Kata Grip-10 DL designed for Compact Systems Cameras and similar sized products.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : KATA Grip-10 DL
Price : £22
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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Kata Grip-10 DL with strap and elements cover
The Kata Grip-10 DL, seen here with the detachable shoulder strap and elements (waterproof) bright yellow cover, is designed to hold a compact system camera such as the Olympus Pen E-P3 or a micro DSLR or bridge/hybrid camera.

 

Kata Grip-10 DL Features

The Grip-10 DL has external measurements of 11 x 12 x 14cm (L x W x H) and an internal space of 9.5 x 9.5 x 11.5cm. There are no outer pockets for accessories just an inner removable pouch for batteries or memory cards. This Velcros to the side or lid of the case.

Kata Grip-10 DL inner accessory pocket
Kata Grip-10 DL inner accessory pocket

The bag has a carry handle, belt loops and a shoulder strap, offering versatile carrying options.

Key Features

  • Padded main compartment
  • Quick release shoulder strap
  • Carry handle
  • All weather cover
  • Rear belt loop
  • Size 11 x 12 x 14cm

Kata Grip-10 DL Handling

While the carry handle is useful on larger bags it seems a bit superfluous on this tiny bag, which I image you'd either have on a belt or over your shoulder. That said it's padded for comfort and provides enough space for a chunky hand to get under and grip.

Kata Grip-10 DL with Olympus Pen inserted
Kata Grip-10 DL with Olympus Pen inserted

The shoulder strap is adjustable to suit different styles of carrying - hanging off shoulder or cross over are both accommodated.

Two zips with pullers provide access to the main compartment so you can open from centre or left or right.

Kata Grip-10 DL Performance

The main flap opens easily and wide enough to give complete access to the camera. I used it with an Olympus Pen E-P2 and found it held the camera with 14-42mm comfortably. The padding is just enough to offer protection without bulking up the sides dramatically.

It's comfortable to carry over the shoulder and on the belt and the out opening flap means access to the camera is still easy while in the belt position.

It's a generous touch that an elements cover is provided, but this does get in the way. Inside it makes space a little cramped, and on the outside it dangles around conspicuously. I'd probably end up leaving it at home which defeats the object.

Kata Grip-10 DL with elements cover
Kata Grip-10 DL with elements cover

One thing I don't like is the rounded shape when putting the full bag down, as it rolls over and several times caught me by surprise as I though it was going to vacate the table. Just something you need to get used to, but a bag like the Black Rapid SnapR has a flat base.

Kata Grip-10 DL rear belt strap
Kata Grip-10 DL rear belt strap

Value For Money

The Kata Grip-10 DL has a street price of between £16.50 and £24, which is better value than the Black Rapid SnapR 35 (£38-£44), but the SnapR 35 has two side pockets so you could carry a pancake lens, small flash, smartphone and more bits and bobs. There's also the Lowepro Quick Case 100 which has a street price of between £18 and £35 and has the ever ready style drop down front. So if you don't want the extra space or easier access, the Kata is good value, especially considering the elements cover.

Kata Grip-10 DL Verdict

It's a small price to pay for a rugged little bag that will house your camera and protect it from bumps and weather. The carrying options are totally covered which is unusual on one this size and gaining access to the camera is quick. What more do you need! Well worth a look.

Kata Grip-10 DL Pros

Rugged
Carrying options
Easy access
Compact size

Kata Grip-10 DL Cons

Elements cover takes up too much space
No flat bottom, so it rolls
No space for spare lens/accessories

FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
VERDICT

Kata Grip-10 DL Specifications

Bag type
StyleHolster
MaterialCordura
Dimensions
Weight200g
Width120mm
Height140mm
Depth110mm

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