Upper Saddle River, NJ—Manfrotto Distribution showcased a slimmed down lineup of Kata rollers, shoulder bags, video backpacks and rain covers at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. Designed for professional videographers, Kata products are designed to protect professional gear while minimizing weight.
The Pro-Light FlyBy is a low-profile, onboard camera organizer, with integrated wheels. It provides hard-case protection with the advantages of a soft case: light and modular with a variety of pockets and storage options. The FlyBy looks like any onboard luggage so owners are not targeted as pros with “overweight” gear.
There line includes two sizes in the Pro-Light FlyBy series. The Pro-Light FlyBy 75 rolling case holds an interchangeable-lens video camera and accessories or one to two pro DSLRs plus 6–8 Lenses (up to 400mm) and a 15-inch laptop; $249.99. The Pro-Light FlyBy 77 rolling case fits two to four pro DSLRs, 8–10 lenses (600mm) and a 17-inch laptop; $299.99.
The Pro-Light Resource-64 shoulder bag is designed for an HD DSLR kitted up with video production gear and accessories. Lightweight yet protective, it has a full-front opening and a double-decker design that allows users to arrange gear hierarchically. The large top compartment fits an HD DSLR fully rigged for video shooting, while underneath is a storage area partitioned with modular Aeriform dividers to organize and store additional lenses and accessories. The padded compartment along the back holds a 15-inch laptop or a matt box. $249.99.
Pro-Light Pro-V backpacks come in two models to accommodate a range of HDV camcorders, large HD DSLR rig configurations or a DSLR with an attached 300mm lens. The Pro-V 410 fits an HDV camcorder such as a Canon XF100, a large HD DSLR rig configuration or a DSLR with a 300mm lens attached, 6–8 lenses (up to 500mm not attached), an additional body and several accessories. A rear padded pocket holds a 15-inch laptop; $299.99. The Pro-V 610 backpack holds an HDV camcorder, a large HD DSLR rig configuration or a DSLR with a 500mm lens attached, 6–8 lenses, an additional body and several accessories. A 17-inch laptop fits in the rear padded pocket; $349.99.
In addition, Kata's best-selling video shoulder bags, the CC series, was updated as part of the Pro-Light collection. They come in five sizes and hold an HD DSLR rigged with video accessories or the following sized camcorders: the CC-191 video bag carries camcorders such as the Sony MC50, Canon XA10, XF100 and similar size models, $109.99; the CC-192 holds camcorders similar in size to the Sony FS100, Canon XH G1/s, A1/s, $129.99; the CC-193 is for camcorders such as the Sony F3, Panasonic AF100, $159.99; the CC-195 holds similar size camcorders to the Canon XL and JVC HD series, $199.99, and the CC-197 video bag and hold camcorders like the Sony EX3 and JVC HD series, $249.99.
Kata’s product lineup also includes video rain covers that were updated as part of the Pro-Light line. The available models all accommodate an HD DSLR in video setup with full video rig, external video viewfinder, shotgun mike and matte box attached, or the following camcorders.
RC-1 Rain Cover. Designed for full-size shoulder mount camcorders. $179.99.
RC-10 Rain Cover. Made for medium-size shoulder mount camcorders. $139.99.
CRC-12 Compact Rain Cover. Tailored to fit the Sony EX3, F3 (basic camcorder configuration with no additional mounted accessories), Canon XL series and similar models. $99.99.
CRC-13 Compact Rain Cover. Designed to fit the Sony MC50, Canon XA10, XF100 and similar models in standard configuration without additional large external accessories. $89.99.
CRC-14 Compact Rain Cover. It fits the Sony F3 (basic camcorder configuration with no additional mounted accessories), Panasonic AF100 (basic camcorder configuration with no additional mounted accessories), Canon XH A1/s, G1/s and similar models. $99.99.
CRC-15 Compact Rain Cover. For the Canon XF300, Sony F3 and similar models. $109.99.