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MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L DSLR & Laptop Backpack (Charcoal)

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MindShift Gear
MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L DSLR & Laptop Backpack (Charcoal)
Key Features
  • For DSLR Camera with Lenses
  • Front 15" Laptop Pocket
  • Adjustable Foam Dividers
  • Interior & Front Stuff Pockets
Carry your photography equipment and 15" laptop off the beaten path to a foreign location or while on a hiking trip close to home in the rugged charcoal FirstLight 30L DSLR & Laptop Backpack from MindShift. Designed with the needs of outdoor photographers in mind, using multiple travel means, this high capacity backpack is built for extended days on the trail.
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MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Compartments
  • 3Pockets
  • 4Carrying Options

Carry your photography equipment and 15" laptop off the beaten path to a foreign location or while on a hiking trip close to home in the rugged charcoal FirstLight 30L DSLR & Laptop Backpack from MindShift. Designed with the needs of outdoor photographers in mind, using multiple travel means, this high capacity backpack is built for extended days on the trail.

The roomy main compartment features adjustable and removable high-density foam dividers for your cameras, large telephoto lenses or any gear you need to complete the job; the FirstLight 30L was designed to fit 1 DSLR with a vertical grip, and 4-6 standard zoom lenses and 1 flash. Keep your tablet or 15" laptop in the separate front compartment, and your phone and wallet in the easily accessible top zippered pocket or the two front stuff pockets. Store your spare camera batteries, filters, and other small accessories in the interior mesh pockets and your water bottle in the designated pocket with drains and a built-in cinch cord for added security, or leave your water bottle at home and take advantage of the dedicated 3L hydration pocket on the side of the backpack. You can secure your tripod or monopod in the mounting system on the front or side of the backpack. Side compression straps with locking buckles provide additional lash points.

The FirstLight 30L is made of multiple types of durable nylon coated in water-repellant polyurethane, with a reinforced bottom panel for extra protection against harsh environmental elements. Designed to fit various statures and heights, the contoured harness system can be adjusted at 11 different points. Three grab handles make it easy to hoist into an overhead bin or in and out of vehicles en route to your destination. The shoulder straps and waist belt distribute weight evenly, while the shaped aluminum torso stay provides additional support, allowing you to stay out on the trail longer.


One main compartment for 1 DSLR with a vertical grip, and 4-6 standard zoom lenses and 1 flash. Maximum lens size: 500mm f/4 detached or a 400 f/2.8 attached.
Adjustable high-density foam dividers for large telephoto lenses or larger personal items
Front separate 15" laptop compartment


Top zippered pocket for quick essentials like a wallet or a phone
Two front stuff pockets for small travel accessories like a light jacket, headlamp, or chargers
Large water bottle pocket with drains and cinch cord for security
Interior mesh pockets for small items like filters and batteries

Carrying Options

Shoulder straps and waist belt
Three grab handles
UPC: 819865013526

MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L Specs

Carry/Transport OptionsBackpack Straps with Sternum Strap, Handle, Waist Belt
Type of ClosureZipper
Laptop/Tablet CompartmentSingle Compartment: Fits 15" Laptop
Monopod/Tripod HolderYes
Water ResistanceRain Cover
MaterialsExterior: Nylon
Interior: Foam
19 x 12 x 8.7" / 48.26 x 30.48 x 22.1 cm
18.1 x 11.2 x 7.1" / 45.97 x 28.45 x 18.03 cm
Weight5.4 lb / 2.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)21.7 x 13.8 x 11.5"

MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L Reviews

Packs a lot of Gear!

By Art
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-21

This bag carries 2Xs the gear over the Tamron backpack I replaced with it. I am carrying Canon's 100-400mm, 16-35mm, and 100mm Macro lens, a Canon and a Yongnuo 600EX flash, a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter, a Kirk macro focusing rail, a stack of extension tubes and a Canon 1.4 extender, a set of filters, lots of spare batteries and other accessories. There is still space for more, but adding anything else will make it too heavy to carry. As it is, it is quite heavy to lift, but once I get it on my back and fasten the hip strap, it is quite tolerable. After following the very clear instructions provided to adjust all the straps, including the height-adjustable main straps, I find that there is very little weight on my shoulders. The very padded hip strap comfortably supports all the weight on my hips. This was a great purchase.

Well built, easy to handle

By Kasun
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-05

Excellent�build�quality.. can carry tons of gears.

Great Backpack!

By John L.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-22

I was very hesitant to spend almost $300 for a backpack, but I do have to say that this one has completely changed my mind. Every aspect of it is high quality and the 30L was perfect size for me. The only knock was I wish the laptop compartment was a little more protected. Other than that, I would recommend this pack 110%!

A bag worth considering for your wildlife kit.

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-10

I have had the Firstlight 30L for almost four months and remain impressed with the functionality, comfort and frankly looks. I was looking for a versatile bag for wildlife and landscape photography. The bag holds 70-200 f2.8 mounted on a D750; 200-500 f5.6 mounted on D500; wide angle and mid zoom lenses plus a few other odds and ends. This is a very well constructed bag. Based on my experience, a friend bought the 40L for his 600 f4, couple bodies, etc..... Not a single regret from either of us.


By scott
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-17

Overall, its good. Straps and padding make it comfortable. Good amount of space inside. Front too tight for laptop. Zipper doesnt flow smoothly on one side, causing a little frustration. Hopefully, it loosens up with use.

Great bag!

By Hnik
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-30

Great light and practical bag that fits all my gear

Just what I was looking for

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-27

I have a Think Tank Streetwalker V1 that was just perfect for my Nikon 810 and the holy trinity. But I wanted some more room to hold my filters and a 105 macro lens without the bag being overwhelmingly large. I also wanted a bag sized for airplane carry-on and the ability to carry a tripod on the side, thus allowing access into the bag without having to remove the tripod. Finally, I wanted a laptop sleeve and some more support to get more of the weight of the pack on my hips and off of my shoulders. This bag satisfies everything I was looking for. I am very happy with it.

Very High Quality Backpack

By Dale
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-19

I have owned several backpacks and learned a few things in the process. This is the highest quality bag of all. The zippers operate smoothly, the bag is of sufficient depth to for pro gear which is often overlooked as many bags are not deep enough. The general construction is of very sturdy material and interior padding is well engineered. The bag has great side pockets that hold large sized water bottles. Further this is the mid sized bag in the mindshift series and it is a great mid size. It fits my 5’ 8” frame very well and snugs up well, shoulder and waist straps are comfortable. This is a great bag!

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enter the AG- DVX200?
Asked by: Toms A.
Yes this backpack will fit your AG-DVX200.
Answered by: Alex S.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Is the waist straps removable?
Asked by: Anonymous
No the waist straps are not removable but can clamp them around the bag to secure them.
Answered by: Jesse P.
Date published: 2018-08-26

What are the inside dimensions of the front ...

What are the inside dimensions of the front laptop pocket?
Asked by: Dwayne
The front pocket for the laptop is 10'' wide and 16'' long onMindShift Gear FirstLight 30L DSLR & Laptop Backpack.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2021-06-08

Would this bag fit taller people? (6' 5")?

Would this bag fit taller people? (6' 5")?
Asked by: Robb
Yes the FirstLight 30 will fit most people your hight very well. The FirstLight series has an adjustable torso length harness system and will fit very long torso needs by adjusting the position of the shoulder harness using a hook and loop plate. I you look at the images off the FirstLight 20 you will examples of the harness in different positions.
Answered by: Think Tank Photo
Date published: 2019-02-23

will this slide onto the rack of a rolling ...

will this slide onto the rack of a rolling suitcase?
Asked by: Daniel
No, it is not compatible to slip on a handle of a rolling bag.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-10-19


Is the bag deep enough to accommodate the Canon 1DXMII?
Asked by: Jane
I would say yes. I have a gripped 5D mark IV and it fits in the 30L easily. I think that the 1DXII and a gripped 5DIV are the same height.
Answered by: Stephen N.
Date published: 2019-06-16


Does this bag meet carry-on requirements?
Asked by: Edwin C.
I used this bag as my carry-on on a trip from Florida to Norway via NY and London. There was no problem. It is a great bag. I have no regrets getting it.
Answered by: Susan M.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Will the waist straps of this backpack interfere with use of the Spider Pro Holster? Thanks.
Asked by: Anonymous
I'm sorry, but I don't know. I don't use a holster with this backpack. Your best bet is to contact someone at Mindshift Gear for a complete answer.
Answered by: REBECCA L.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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