The most comfortable camera backpack on a risk-free 30 day trial

This is a slick camera backpack! You'll be hard pressed to find a better fit or function.

This is a slick camera backpack! You'll be hard pressed to find a better fit or function.

I am currently traveling in Italy, and constantly reminded how much I like my MindShift camera backpack. They just seem to be so well thought out and are built to such incredible quality standards. Then, I get this secret message: MindShift have a new pack and they will actually let you try it FREE for 30 days! No risk, you don't even have to pay for it up front. Wow. 

Try out their FirstLight outdoor photography backpacks on a 30-day, risk-free “test drive.”  Call them toll free at 866-558-4465 x1, 8:30 AM - 5 PM PST Mon - Fri and they'll process your free test drive trial. Ask for FedEx Ground shipping and they'll include it at no charge.  And, be sure to mention my name when ordering to get the free trial deal.

The FirstLight backpacks are designed for the traveling outdoor photographer. The two packs are carry on compatible on virtually any regional and large commercial flight, making getting to your destination with your gear a worry free experience.  The FirstLights' contoured, 11-point adjustable torso harness fits most men and women. A shaped aluminum torso stay provides additional support. The packs also utilize ballistic nylon bottoms for long lasting durability.

They have dedicated water bottle pockets on both sizes, while the 30L also accommodates up to a 3L hydration reservoir. Both have long lens capacity, big stuff pockets, sternum strap whistles, with extra room for your 15" laptop and personal gear. Use the accessory straps to carry a tripod, monopod or hiking poles. They've also included a seam-sealed rain cover. When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions. 

The FirstLight 30L is sized for gripped DSLRs and larger gear and will hold up to a 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached.   The FirstLight 20L is sized for standard size DSLRs and robust mirrorless kits and will hold up to a 200–400mm f/4 attached or 300 f/2.8.

Do you like leather bags? Um hmm...

Nice vintage looking leather covers adorn the new Retrospective line. This would look good on me on my new motorcycle ;-)

Nice vintage looking leather covers adorn the new Retrospective line. This would look good on me on my new motorcycle ;-)

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced the release of two new product line extensions as well as a new “free gift” offer.
The first are the Retrospective® 5 Leather, Retrospective® 7 Leather, and Retrospective® 30 Leather. These upscale, rugged shoulder bags maintain the Retrospective’s casual, form-fitting design. A new Dual Cross buckle on the front flap provides an extra measure of security. The new shoulder bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets.
The new Mirrorless® Mover 25i fits one medium to large mirrorless body, plus two to four lenses, an 8” tablet, and additional accessories. It features metal hardware, high quality fabrics, YKK® zippers and a magnetic closure.

And, through the end of September, whenever you buy an eligible backpack from Think Tank you will receive Camera Support Straps V2.0 along with a Camera Strap V2.0 free!  Think Tank offers a wide variety of innovative, high quality transportation and field photography backpacks.  Order one and you will get to experience something really unique, which is having the weight of your camera shifted from your neck to your backpack harness system.  With the Camera Support Strap V2. no more sore shoulders or neck aches! 
 I love my ThinkTank bags and now I have a new one to add to my wish list ☺

Vegans can still benefit from a slick new ThinkTank bag as well. This mirrorless mover is pretty cool.

Vegans can still benefit from a slick new ThinkTank bag as well. This mirrorless mover is pretty cool.

Hit these links to go to ThinkTank and get the blog readers special gifts when you purchase:

Retrospective 7 leather

Mirrorless Mover

All ThinkTank backpacks

Road Test of ThinkTank "My Second Brain Briefcase 15"

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I'm on the road quite a bit and always travel with my laptop. I'm a bit particular about my bags, not that I'm a slave to fashion, but I am a "fit and function" fanatic. But heck, if it looks good too, all the better. I recently acquired the ThinkTank My Second Brain Briefcase 15 and took it on a few trips to test it out. 

I recently retired an old bag that served me pretty well, but it had a few things that I didn't particularly like, after living with it for some time. I didn't want another briefcase with a big flap that folds over the top. I know these are very popular, and they do a decent job of keeping confetti and other minuscule particles from falling in the bag, but they really aren't that ergonomic. I want quick and easy access to my most used items: reading glasses, earphones, pen, wallet, and my interstellar transponder confobulator. I don't want to lift a flap and then unzip another pocket to get to these. Silly, I know. 

Here are the key things that drew me to the ThinkTank 2nd Brain:

  • Clean, attractive design, not overly flashy, and top quality build materials
  • Separate zippered pocket for my laptop
  • Large main compartment for a plethora of other travel and daily accessories
  • Lots of pockets that make sense!
  • Dedicated iPad pocket easily accessible from the front pocket, or store it internally in one of the other pockets.
  • Dedicated fast access phone, wallet, or sunglass pocket on the top.
  • Water bottle or accessory pockets on both ends of the bag. They cleverly zip closed when not in use. 
  • Included rain cover
  • Slot on back to ride on your rolling luggage
  • Comfortably padded handle and shoulder strap
  • Very high quality hardware and YKK double zippers for fast, easy access and durability.
  • The bag has structure so it stands up un-supported when set down. My old bag was floppy and would collapse flat on the floor if I didn't lean it up against something. 

I used this bag on recent out-of-town trips to do and creativeLIVE. I had to carry quite a bit of stuff and move through airports, cars, taxis, restaurants, and studios quickly and effectively. It got knocked around, scraped, rained on, and put to the test. I had to work in small spaces and be able to quickly find and access items when I was going live in 30 seconds and realized I'd forgotten something in my bag. 

Granted, I'll need a year of use to attest to its durability, but judging by the build and materials, I feel confident it will last as long as I do. It is comfortable to carry with a lot of weight in it – as I had my 15" Macbook, iPad, power adapters galore, cables, toy dragon, water bottle, etc. 

I really like having the laptop compartment separate and quickly accessible via the smooth zippers. I also like the dedicated iPad pocket on the front, giving me quick access on the airplane without having to pull the whole bag out and dig through it. 

Our personal every day carry bags can be very, well, personal. Everybody has their favorites, so I thought I'd share mine. ThinkTank makes some great gear and they also have a special going now if you purchase with this link: free gear with orders over $50. Do you have a favorite too?