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C850 front
C850 Side view
C850 back view
E280 piggy-backed onto a holster case (no adapters needed). Slip the optional Y305 strap through the webbing slot below the label on the lens pouch and then clip both ends to the corners of the holster. This keeps the lens pouch from flopping around. A Y208 will also work & instead of attaching to the corners, it surrounds the whole case.
If you have some of the older Kinesis lens pouches with metal sliders and want to attach them, use the SlikClips to secure them, otherwise you can remove these.
C850 with included special large CameraCushion.
Click for detailed captions (zipper flap has been replaced by a water repellent zipper tape — back now has KATS)
Each C-Series case features a Kinesis exclusive—a over the top QuickClose™ strap. This is faster than using the zipper each time yet keeps your camera intact.
C850 top view
A jacket or other small soft accessory can be tucked under the QuickClose strap on the lid.
A holster can be carried in front on the chest — a Y303 adapter is used here.
E280 piggy-backed onto C750 (no adapters needed). Y305 strap keeps E280 stable.
E280 piggy-backed onto C750 (no adapters needed). Y305 strap keeps E280 stable.
Side view showing webbing slots for attaching pouches. Siamese SlikClip buckles are for attaching old-style TwinBuckle pouches & can be removed.
Two lens pouches can be attached to either side of a holster case (C640 shown) and stabilized with a Y205 strap.
Sling a Y315 (or heavier Y515) shoulder strap across your chest and attach to a holster case for additional support.
Sling a Y315 (or heavier Y515) shoulder strap across your chest and attach to a holster case for additional support.
Accessories or pouches can be attached to the top and/or sides of the bag (exercise caution on a single track with side pouches).
Back view showing optional H175 attached to holster case.
Front view showing optional H175 attached to holster case.
C850 with the Nikon 200-500. DSLR photo courtesy PhotographyBlog.com.
C850 with the Nikon 200-500. DSLR photo courtesy PhotographyBlog.com.
C850 with the Nikon 200-500. DSLR photo courtesy PhotographyBlog.com.

C850 — X-Large Holster Case

The C850 is our biggest holster case. It is sized to hold a full-sized DSLR body with a 70-200/2.8, 80-400, 100-400 or a Nikon 500/5.6 lens with the hood in the shooting position. It also fits the Nikon 200-500/5.6 lens or a Sony A7R IV with a FE 200-600/5.6-6.3 OSS with a body attached and the hood stowed. 

  • This is one of only a few holster cases available today that holds a full-size DSLR body (including Nikon D3-series or Canon 1D-series bodies) and a 70-200/2.8 or 80-400/4-5.6 lens with the hood in the shooting position.
  • Fits a “large or pro-sized body” with “large lens” attached, esp. the 95mm filter diameter of the Nikon 200-500/5.6 or possibly the 500/5.6 PF (the latter is to be confirmed).
  • Also accommodates a body with a Sigma 120-300/2.8 lens with the hood reversed.
  • When used on a waist belt, the optional Y309 strap kit is recommended to prevent the top of the case from pulling away from the belt.
  • The outside front pocket will hold one shoe-mount flash unit or some prime lenses like a 50/1.4 with the hood attached & reversed (it is unpadded so one should exercise caution).
  • Features an “under the lid” pocket for lens caps, lens tissue, CF or SD cards.
  • Each side of the holster has a row of webbing with slots sewn into it. This is for piggy-backing a lens pouch or other small Kinesis pouch. To stabilize the pouch, we recommend adding a Y305 strap. A Y208 will also work, but it doesn’t attach to the corners, but instead surrounds the whole case. See captions on detail photos.
  • With this case we are providing one pair of Siamese SlikClip buckles for attaching old style Kinesis TwinBuckle pouches to one side of the case. If you need additional Siamese SlikClips, they are available at cost, upon request. 
  • Designed and Crafted in the USA


We have received many reports from those purchasing the popular Nikon 200-500/5.6 that the C750 is just a little too tight, so in early 2017 we took the C750 and enlarged it, creating the C850. It is 50mm (2") larger in the base or nose of the case, where the front element sits, and 20mm (3/4") taller.

C850 Field Reports

  • Sony FE 200-600/5.6-6.3 “I can confirm the Sony FE 200-600mm G OSS (hood reversed, one filter + lens cap) on the a7R III body fits in the C850. The eyecup is just above the zipper but the bag closes easily. Carrying it chest mounted with a Lowepro harness was workable for me but it does hit my thighs if I need to step high. Normal walking is no problem but that would certainly depend on individual torso height. The C850 is a great case.” (April 2020)
  • Nikon D500 + 500/5.6E PF lens. “The 500PF mounted on my D500 w/ MB-D17 Grip with the hood in shooting position is exactly 15” long from the tip of the hood to the back of the body.  It fits in my C850 like a glove.” (January 2020)
  • Nikon Z7 + 500/5.6E PF lens. “The Z7 with FTZ adapter for F mount 500mm F5.6 PF with hood in place for shooting fits in that bag, snug but fits……Just unzip and shoot.“ (July 2020)

C750 Field Reports

(The C750 was the “slightly smaller” predecessor to the C850.)

  • Nikon 200-500/5.6 lens with hood attached in the stowed position with a D3X body attached: Very tight fit and bulges out the base or “nose” of the case a little. Because of the fit, it is slow to remove. Works fine without the hood attached.
    “If I had to make a call on whether the C750 is a good choice for the 200-500 and a body, I'd say:
    -  Yes, if it is used for transportation and protection with the 200-500 lens hood reversed.
    -  Yes, if the 200-500 lens hood is removed.
    - No, if a photographer wants the holster to provide quick access for a body and the 200-500. It isn't the best choice because of the tight fit. (October 2015)
  • “I got the bag, C640, very nice, it fit my Canon Mark3 + 400mm 5.6 + 1.4xtc perfectly.” (June 2007)
  • Sigma 150–500 lens with tripod foot attached with a Canon body on. “The zipper zips up fine when the hood is turned inward. When I have the hood out, and the [QuickClose] strap over the top of the case and lengthened a bit, I can strap the lid down enough to secure the camera even though it sticks out a bit, of course. Ready to be pulled out for a hand held shot in a second!” (June 2010)
  • Sigma DG 150-500/5-6.3 APO HSM zoom lens with a 86mm Ø UV filter and the hood reversed appears to fit fine in the C750 holster case, with the hood attached & stowed (March 2015).
  • “I received the C750 X-Large Holster Case today. Just want to let you my Pentax K-3 with the Pentax 150-450 lens attached and the lens hood stowed fits perfectly. I am pleased with the padding and overall quality of the bag. It’s also nice to find products made in America.” (January 2016)

Recent Holster Case Features (many of the photos are dated) 


KATS space occupied on a belt: 1.5-wide modules
Constructed with 10mm closed cell foam on the sides, 6mm on the lid, and for additional protection, 16mm on the bottom.

Top Opening* = 6d x 7w"
Bottom (nose of the case) = 5.75 x 5.75"**
Inside Height (I.D.) = 16.0"
Volume = 520 cu in (includes pocket volume)
Weight = approx. 14 oz.

Top Opening* = 15d x 18w cm
Bottom (nose of the case) = 14.5 x 14.5 cm**
Inside Height (I.D.) = 40.5 cm
Volume = 8.5 lit (includes 1100 mL pocket volume)
Weight = approx. 455 g

*The “d” or depth dimension of the case corresponds to the “height” of your camera body (measuring from the tripod thread to the top of the prism or hot-shoe mount).
The “w” or width dimension corresponds to the width of your camera body (the left to right dimension as you are holding it up to shoot).
The C540, C600 & the C850 holsters all have the same top opening dimension. These cases will yield a comfortable fit for a body up to 16cm (6.3") high or a tight fit for a body up to 17.5cm (6.75") high.

**The bottom of the C850 is approx. 14.5 cm (5.75") square, but it will accommodate a lens end (cap) up to 15 cm (6") in diameter — the front & rear of the case just bulges out a little.

Nikon 200-500 photo courtesy PhotographyBlog.com.

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