Kata Bags, a staple brand name in the photography accessories industry has announced to merge into sister brand Manfrotto, also a Vitec Group brand. The merge will see an end to the production of Kata products, however both brands assure that the heritage of Kata will continue within new Manfrotto lines.
Kata Bags will influence a new camera bag line, the Manfrotto Pro Light sporting the same fabric and level of quality as previous Kata products.
From the Kata website:
“With this merge we took the opportunity to improve our bags’ internal performances by adding CPS, a Manfrotto protection system that provides a thick layer of structured, shock-absorbing core sectional dividers that safely cushion the valuable equipment you keep at the heart of your bag. This guarantees maximum protection to the gear inside.”
Some will consider this an end of an era. Kata bags have had a huge influence over the accessory industry; it’s unlikely you’ll find a hire camera clad in any other soft bag than a Kata, Petrol or Porta Brace.
Kata has been a part of the Vitec Group for a while now, and the company seems to refocus their attention to their most well-known brands, bundling more product categories under fewer brand names. The Manfrotto Pro Light series looks good, and are immediately available.
The Manfrotto Pro Light line can be found here.