Ever since I started using my DSLR, I’ve been solely relied on Crumpler Six Million Home as my camera bag. It’s a shoulder bag and I can fit all my camera gears in it without any troubles.

Crumpler

However, having said that, there is one item I can’t fit into, the only item which I use more than any thing else; a laptop. Hence, I’m forced to carry another bag, that’s if I want to bring my laptop out. In total, I’ve to carry two bags whenever I plan to bring both of them (laptop and camera) out on one fine day.

Introduction
Therefore, with that (trouble) in mind, I’ve decided to get a 2-in-1 backpack. There are couple of brands; namely Lowepro, Crumpler and etc., which offers such backpacks.

Kata

Initially, I was torn between choosing Lowepro CompuDaypack or Lowepro Fastpack 250. But after more readings and researches, Kata DR-467 came into play (and became my final pick) as it offers similar specifications yet at cheaper price. Besides, it garners quite a lot of good reviews over the internet.

The company (Kata joined with VITEC Group) has expanded and flourished world wide working together with its sister companies; Manfrotto, Gitzo, Avenger and others. Kata is a well known and respected brand in the Video and Photo market, which is distributed in over one hundred countries around the world.

– plucked from Kata’s website

Size
In the specification sheet, the dimension of this bag is 13.4″ x 8.3″ x 7.7″.

Comparision

In reality, it is slightly smaller than the ordinary hand-carry luggage. Therefore, it is safe to say that you can bring this aboard without checking in.

Weight
This bag weighs around 1.4kg (when it is empty) but frankly speaking, it doesn’t feel at that weight at all. But I do expect to carry more than 6kg worth of gears during outing / traveling.

TST Rib
With TST (Thermo-Shield-Technology) Rib, it offers additional structural protection for camera gears. In other words, it holds to a certain shape and minimizes the risk of damaging camera gears.

Compartments
The layout of the camera compartment is pretty decent, I would say. But don’t expect much as it is quite compact, slightly smaller than my existing Crumpler.

Camera Compartment

By the looks of it, it can fit a DSLR (with mounted lens and without battery grip) and 3-4 more lenses and flash. Like any other camera bags, there is a set of dividers. With that, you can configure the slots according to your own needs.

Laptop Compartment

At the back, there is laptop compartment for laptop (duh!).  Though the pads aren’t as thick as my other laptop backpack, it is sufficiently enough to give protection the laptop needed. With my 13″ laptop in it, there is still ample amount of space. I could probably fit in some documents too.

Extra Compartment

On top of the camera compartment, there is an addition compartment for other usage. One could put their wallets, clothings, iPod, journal, diaries, books and maybe an extra lens in it too.

Warranty
It states that Kata provides 5 years warranty for any defects in material and workmanship and with addition of Lifetime Warranty Extension if your register your product online, for limited period offer.

Element Cover
What set aside about Kata and other two mentioned backpack is that it comes with Element Cover.

Element Cover

Though it doesn’t looked ‘fashionable’, it works as ‘rain coat’ for the backpack.

Conclusion
Honestly, I have no complaints about this bag. At affordable price, it functions the same as other brands. Design wise, it looks alright. It doesn’t scream / indicates that there are expensive gears in the bag yet it doesn’t looked geeky / squarish at all. Usability wise, it literally offers what I need; camera compartment, laptop compartment and extra compartment. The only downside I found so far is that the pads aren’t as thick I expected it would be. I guess that’s why the bag is pretty light when it is empty.




Usually, I’ll be on ‘search for food’ mission on every weekends. And since I’ll be eating the usual stuff on weekdays, I practically left very little option to choose from.

The Daily Grind

Therefore, on one particular Sunday evening, I drove my way to Bangsar Village 1 (BV1) to tryout The Daily Grind. Well, according to them, they take pride of what they do / serve the best; their juicy burgers.

Classic Cheese Burger

Weighing at 180 grams, they are thicker than fast food restaurant (including Ramly) but smaller than the ones offered by Chili’s and TGIF.

Classic Cheese Burger

Apart from that, they do not believe in pre-cooked patties and hence, they require 15-18 mins for the burgers to be placed in front of you.

American Classic Cheese Super Dog

Besides burgers, they do have chef’s specials too. For example, like the one above; American Classic Cheese Super Dog. Two sausages split into half, topped with melted cheese and their special sauce, they are pretty good too. It’s for those who don’t eat beef or lamb.

Strawberry Milkshake

To wash them all down is their milkshakes. In this case, I’ve tried their Strawberry and Chocolate-Hazelnut milkshake.

Chocolate Hazelnut Milkshake

Vanilla ice cream as their based, no wonder they are smooth, thick and creamy yet not too sweet.

Chili Sauce and Ketchup

Overall, it’s a good place to dine in. Unlike others, this place is cozy yet quiet ambience. And best of all, they have their homemade ketchup and chili sauce. Do give it a try…

Address :
LG 8 Lower Ground,
Bangsar Village,
1 Jalan Telawi 1,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel No. : (03) 2287 6708