That's exactly what I'm hoping for. Photographers, if nothing else, are an opinionated bunch. While it sometimes leads to ruffled feathers, more often, it leads to a lot of great ideas coming together.I'm sure you will get a variety of opinions so here is mine.
I used to have one of the Kata backpacks, and I got it for many of the very (really good) reasons you put forward. Unfortunately, that backpack was stolen from my car a few months ago (along with the dSLR & lens inside and another Canonet w/ a pouch), and I'm not really keen on replacing it with another backpack, simply because the inaccessibility made me far less inclined to take off my backpack to get to what I needed, where, when I have easy access, though it may be more cumbersome, I get the shot.I use MF and LF so weight is a concern but after trying different types of bags and straps I settled on a camera backpack.
While I still need to find a solution for my digital kit, that's a different problem that I'm working out separately (instead of 1 body only, or a body and handful of small primes, theres a big digital body, 3-4 lenses, flash unit, etc.).
Hmm, that's exactly what I'd done with my other canonet (before it was swiped), and while a touch awkward on my belt, it *did* work, and the pouch fit like a glove around a Canonet...maybe I'll just get another of those for this one...A small padded bag with no frills, attached to your belt.
Thanks for the replies so far, everyone!