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I'm quite happy I asked for help on the site. I found tons of backpacks I didn't realize existed.
I have a winner (for now).
I chose the Kata R-104.
Why? Because I could get it at cost and will have it in time, guaranteed! Sometimes ordering from the US can bring a lot of delays. Not everything suggested here has a Canadian distributor.
I think I will be ordering the Gura Gear Kiboko when I return and see how it is. Bummer about their backorder.
Tamrac and Tenba make some stuff that looks very interesting to. I will be seeking out stores with their stuff in stock.
So thanks again and back to the rumors!
I found the discussion very informative… although I studied a lot of alternatives when I was looking for a camera backpack, I never ever stumbled over any Kata products at all.
I went with a Lowepro Fastpack 350, mainly because of its quick-access feature, but it is far from perfect. If I had been aware of Kata, I might have bought one of their products instead.
The R-104 looks neat indeed, but I could use a bigger compartment for non-photo related stuff.
I too have the Kata R-104, tho it is 2 years old, the new one looks much improved.
I wish it had a bit more space for other non-camera things. I wish I had those side bags too.
The biggest issue I can see with the Kata R series is that you cannot fit 2 cameras with Lens attached.