Object of Desire: Mindshift Gear Firstlight

October 28, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

MindShift Gear’s FirstLight backpack series is designed for the traveling photographer ferrying large camera bodies and telephoto lenses in and out of airports and deep into the world’s most remote places. Despite their generous storage capacities, the FirstLight packs are designed to squeeze into most airline overhead compartments, thanks to their side compression straps. The backpacks feature an adjustable harness with 11 alteration points to tailor the fit to your build. Inside you’ll find customizable closed-cell foam dividers and interior mesh pockets for storing accessories. There’s a water bottle or accessory pocket on the exterior with drains and a cinch cord, plus an exterior mount for a tripod. The series is available in three versions. A 20L can store a DSLR with between four and six zoom lenses, including a 200-400mm f/4 if it’s detached. There’s also room for a 15-inch laptop. The 30L can hold a DSLR with battery grip attached, four to six lenses (including a detached 500mm f/4), a speedlight and a 15-inch laptop. Finally, the 40L has enough room for a pair of gripped DSLRs, six-to-eight lenses, two flashes and a 17-inch laptop. All the bags have a water-resistant coating, seamless rain covers and a polyurethane coat on the bottom alongside a ballistic nylon panel for extra durability. Two adjustable front pockets provide room for non-photo related necessities. There are grab handles on three sides of the bag for quick stowing and retrieval out of overheads (the 20L has two handles). The 30L and 40L also sport three-liter hydration pockets to keep your thirst slaked during long treks.

Price: $230 (20L); $280 (30L); $330 (40L)


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