First Look: MindShift Gear BackLight 18L

Since I’ve sold all my F-Stop backpacks (Guru UL, Lotus and Ajna), I’ve been in need of another backpack that can store some camera gear along with non-camera items.  These type of bags are useful when you are out with the family.  You just want basic gear along with things you bring along with you when you have a 5-year old (ie. spare clothes, wet wipes, toys, snacks, etc).

I’ve been using ThinkTANK Photo camera bags since 2011 and one of the earlier ThinkTANK bags I bought was the StreetWalker Pro (bought in 2012).  It is a nice slim bag that can hold A LOT of gear.  I use it quite often and after 7 years the bag still looks very new – testament to the quality and durability of these bags.  Anyway, when it came to finding a bag to replace my F-Stop Guru UL, it only made sense to look at the MindShift Gear line of bags.  I already have the BackLight 26L to store camera gear, my 15″ MacBook Pro and room for non-camera items, but was looking for something a bit smaller than that as I won’t be needing to carry around the laptop for short outings with the family.

My choice came down to either the BackLight 18L or the TrailScape 18L.  In the end, I went with the BackLight 18L due to the rear opening feature of the bag.  Here are some photos of the MindShift BackLight 18L next to the ThinkTANK StreetWalker Pro backpack.

ThinkTANK/MindShift backpacks have very thick shoulder pads which makes them very comfortable to wear all day.  The StreetWalker Pro can fit quite a bit more gear compared to the BackLight 18L but that’s the point of getting the BackLight 18L, carry minimal gear when out with the family.  What I have inside the BackLight 18L are:

  • Canon EOS R with RF 35mm f1.8 lens.
  • The EF to R adapter
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM (I sometimes leave this at home if I want a lighter load).
  • Canon G7X Mark II
  • Spare SD cards, spare batteries
  • Canon SpeedLite 580 EX II
  • Power bank
  • Non-camera gear in the front section.

My only real complaint of the BackLight 18L is that I wish the waist strap/pads are removable.  Other than that small thing, it is a great bag.

Will write another post when I’ve used it more…

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