MindShift Gear Intros New First Light Outdoor Photography Backpacks

MindShift Gear’s First Light backpack series was designed to meet the needs of outdoor photographers who are on the move—especially those who carry 200mm to 600mm lenses.

These high capacity backpacks come in three sizes and feature contoured, adjustable torso harnesses with 11 adjustment points for extreme comfort whether running through an airport or traversing a mountain.

Designed to comply with airline carryon size requirements, First Light backpacks are crafted with durable ballistic nylon bottoms and have enough room for a laptop and personal gear. The two larger sizes also have a dedicated pocket for hydration reservoirs.

"There are two major points of distinction [about this line]," according to a MindShift Gear spokesperson. "The first is comfort. These aren’t photography backpacks, but outdoor backpacks specifically designed for photography. They have 11 adjustment points.

"The second is security. The last thing a photographer wants to see out their airline window is their backpack filled with their most expensive and fragile gear being tossed onto a luggage cart.  The FirstLights are designed to comply with airline carry on requirements."


• Dedicated 3L hydration pocket on side (30L & 40L only)

• Tablet or laptop fits into front pocket (20L & 30L = up to 15” laptop; 40L = up to 17” laptop)

• Includes a tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side

• Better weight distribution for a more comfortable load enables easier all day use on the trail

• Seamless rain cover (included) doubles as a ground cloth

• When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions

• Two front pockets for travel/trail essentials

• Adjustable high-density closed-cell foam dividers for large telephoto lenses, traditional photo gear, or personal items

• Large water bottle or accessory pocket with drains and cinch cord for security

• Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials

• Shaped aluminum torso stay for additional support

• Grab handles on 3 sides make it easy to hoist into an overhead bin, car, or trunk (2 handles on 20L)

• Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.

• Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points

• Shoulder straps and waist belt wrap to front for compact storage in overhead compartment

• Whistle integrated into sternum strap buckle

• Compatible with MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Lens Switch Case, and the filter cases

The FirstLight 20L: Holds one standard-size DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses or two large Mirrorless DSLRs and 5–7 lenses plus a flash. Maximum lens size: 200–400mm f/4 detached or 300 f/2.8 attached.

The FirstLight 30L: Holds one gripped DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses, and one flash. Maximum lens size: 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached.

The FirstLight 40L: Holds two gripped DSLRs with 6–8 standard zoom lenses and 1–2 flashes. Maximum lens size: 600mm f/4 lens detached or a 500mm f/4 attached.

Exterior: For water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating; the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has the highest quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 1680D ballistic nylon, 210D nylon, 320G DuraStretch mesh, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, belly-o mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

FirstLight 20L ($229):

• Exterior Dimensions: 11.4x18.7x7 inches

• Interior Dimensions: 10.8x17.5x5.3 inches

• Front Pocket: fits up to 15-inch laptop

• Weight: 4.4lb

FirstLight 30L ($279):

• Exterior Dimensions: 12x19x8.7 inches

• Interior Dimensions: 11.2x18.1x7.1 inches

• Front Pocket: fits up to 15-inch laptop

• Weight: 5.4 lbs

FirstLight 40L ($329):

• Exterior Dimensions: 13.8x21.7x9 inches

• Interior Dimensions: 13.4x20x7.3 inches

• Front Pocket: fits up to 17-inch laptop

• Weight: 6.0 lbs

More info on the First Light series here.