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.

Free cases from ThinkTank with backback purchase in Feb.

Great news from our partners at Think Tank Photo. For the month of February, whenever you order one of their rugged, multifunction, and secure backpacks* they will give you for free your choice of one of their popular AppHouse 8 or AppHouse 10 tablet cases. Their backpacks range from the field-oriented StreetWalker backpacks to their transportation-oriented Airport backpacks, as well as their expandable Shape Shifter and their “long glass” backpacks. The AppHouse shoulder/belt-mounted tablet bags are a great way to carry a digital portfolio or presentation, transmit images, or access your music, games, apps and more.  And don’t forget, as a friend, whenever you order $50 or more of any Think Tank gear using my special link you can add yet one more free item to your order, as well as free shipping!  To receive your free AppHouse follow the rebate download instructions on the backpacks’ product pages.  [*Note: this special offer does not apply to Perception backpacks.]

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These bags hold just the right amount of gear!

These bags hold just the right amount of gear!

Awesome $100 savings on Sony mirrorless right now!

A few days ago I shared some travel tips & gear reviews, including my favorite little travel camera, the Sony NEX-6, recently updated to the a6000. It just went on sale at B&H for $100 off! Check out all the deals here. This is a great backup camera or when you really want to travel light. Here's a sample image from a recent trip to Machu Picchu, taken with the 50mm f1.8 lens. I made a big print for the wall at my office and the detail and image quality is amazing.

Click the image to view larger and see the detail. Note that this image has been downsized for the web. I used the in-camera HDR tool and hand-held the camera.