MindShift Gear Backlight 26L Backpack (Woodland Green)
|Item Weight||4 Pounds|
|Strap Type||Shoulder Strap, Waist Strap, Adjustable|
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Backpacks are superior for carrying heavy gear for long distances, but access has always been a problem. Also, traditional front-loading backpacks get wet and dirty when placed on the ground. The MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Backpack (Woodland Green), with a rear-panel compartment for photo gear, allows you to access your gear without taking off the backpack. You can change lenses or just snap a quick photo by simply by spinning the bag to the front of your body while the waist belt is still secured. Rear-panel access also adds security when traveling since your camera gear is protected behind your back. For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has highest-quality abrasion-resistant YKK® RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread. 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.Back-panel access provides access to all of your camera gear without taking the bag off, allowing you to work out of your bag without getting the harness dirty, wet, muddy or icy. Dedicated compartments fit up to a 15” laptop and full-size tablet. Daypack capacity! Front pockets totaling 9L carry personal gear for a days outing: extra layers, a light jacket, food, etc. Also accommodates Fuji XT-1 with 50-140mm f/2.8, Fuji X Pro-1 with 18mm f/2.0, 56mm f/1.2, 23mm f/1.4, 14mm f/2.8, 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0, 60mm macro f/2.4 plus optional FilterNest Mini and GP Series cases. You can carry your Backlight pack with the top handle, or wear it on your back with the adjustable shoulder straps, chest connector and padded waist belt. For comfort, the shoulder straps are curved and the back panel has padded-mesh material and airflow channels. Designed for efficiency, the waist belt has a webbing
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Awesome bag. I bought to carry multiple bodies & lenses - including big teles like the Nikkor 80-400mm and 200-500mm - and for that purpose it excels. What has surprised me is that this is now my daily commute bag. I work in downtown SF and ride BART every day. Along with a laptop, two 32oz water bottles, and associated daily stuff, I love bringing a DSLR w/ 24-70 lens mounted, and a few other lenses (sometimes including one of the big dogs). The bag is comfortable, subtle in appearance, and holds everything I need. If these items are on your checklist I think you'll be very happy and I recommend without hesitation. Some specifics below, if you're so inclined.
Size. No disguising things - this is a big bag. I knew that before I bought, but it was still a surprise seeing it in real life. However, given all that it holds, it's an incredibly easy bag to use in daily life. In comparison to "normal" packs, most of the added size is in the height. The extras in width and depth are much more subtle. I have no issues riding on cramped trains or navigating congested city streets. Marketing photos are accurate - both back and front sections are cavernous and will hold everything you need. If you run out of space you don't need a bigger bag, you need an assistant.
Quality. Impressive. I was unfamiliar with Mindshift, but the relation to Think Tank gave me instant confidence. Granted, it's only been two weeks, but this thing sure seems stout and gives me the solid impression it'll last for many years. Zippers and fabric are top notch, seams and mounts appear equally so.
Aesthetic. For me, this was a huge selling point. I was a bit concerned about the green, however. I chose that color for two reasons. First, it was in stock, and I'm all about instant gratification. Second, I liked the idea that it would look more like a hiking pack as opposed to a camera pack. Nonetheless, the marketing pics depict this as being GREEN! In real life, the color is much more subtle, but the mission is certainly accomplished. Nothing about the bag screams out, "Hey! Camera gear here! Come get it!"
Comfort/Ergonomics. A grade for sure. No A+ - more below - only because it's remarkably front-heavy. But this bag is very, very comfortable to wear. The first time I really loaded it with gear I was worried, but even after walking just over one mile, my fears disappeared. The balance is perfect, and it's only when you carry the bag one-handed with the top handle that you notice just how much heavy stuff you've loaded in it.
These are definitely subjective, so filter accordingly. None are show-stoppers.
This bag is front-heavy and tips forward seemingly at will. Even with the front pocket nearly empty, I can't leave the bag in a standing position without leaning it - backwards - against something sturdy. I'm no student of physics, and this befuddles me, but I'm learning to accept it. However, I'm slow and often forgetful, so I fear the day I set the bag on my desk and walk away...only to hear it crash to the floor.
There is no padding for the front section. Not much more needs to be said, except...be careful. If you load the front pocket with a sweater or some other soft/sacrificial cargo, you can gain some peace of mind. Otherwise... Be. Careful.
You can probably guess where this may head. Load your laptop in the front section, set down the bag on a desk, walk away, and..... Be ready to go laptop shopping.
Again, everybody uses bags differently. If you never put fragile items in the front section, this won't matter much to you. If you do, however...(again)...be careful.
Finally, for loading and unloading, this is definitely a two-handed bag. Other reviewers have mentioned how stiff the back section 'hard' points are, and accordingly, how cumbersome it is to use the zippers to open and close the section. This is really, really true. Time and use may soften things up, but for now I've learned that nothing happens fast. If you want to capture that magical candid shot, but need your other body with the prime lens...you better have it out already. Those pictures of guys using the waist strap to turn the bag into a 'front pack' while seamlessly swapping gear with one hand? Yeah....no. At least not in my case.
Again, these are *my* cons and may not apply to you. For me they stand out mostly because they don't exist at all on my smaller Think Tank Lens Taxi bag. In my shopping research, this bag is the closest thing I could find to that type of quality and functionality in a larger size. Thus far, I have no regrets and can navigate around these concerns.
Final note of caution in terms of size. If you fly, this bag qualifies as a carry-on, but most definitely will *not* fit under the seat in front of you. Accordingly, if there's no overhead bin space when you board, you'll be asked to gate-check. I won't speak for you, but for me...there's just no way. Lack of front padding and no as-built security would be dramatic showstoppers.
By far, the best big bag I could find...with courtesy to budget, aesthetic, and raw capacity. Its ease-of-use as a daily bag has been a great bonus. If my cons are minor enough for you, I think you'll be ecstatic.
I researched and compared more than a dozen bags for a solid week before deciding on this and I've never looked back. I've travelled the US and Europe with it multiple times within the almost 2yrs I've owned it and have had zero issues. I was initially concerned that the seams or zippers wouldn't hold up to the weight after loading it to the tilt, but all seams and zippers have held strong.
- Airplanes: Fits under airline seats when fully loaded and I'm not talking just the camera section. I've stuffed Audio Technica noise cancelling headphones with it's case, change of light clothing, 15" MacBook Pro and power adapter, snacks, REI 1400ml nalgene water bottle, and a few toiletries.
- Buses: If carrying only gear in the camera section, it will fit in any bus overhead bin. Takes some wrangling to make it work with personal items in the two front pockets, but it's doable.
- Trains/Metro: Never had an issue with size taking this on trains or the subway/metro.
- I've been to beaches, dusty, sandy, and high wind environments and have never had an issue with said elements getting into the bag.
- I've been in rain with this, but not torrential type downpours. I just stop, pop on the included rain cover, and go on my way. Bag has always stayed dry.
- It's not obvious that this a camera bag. This is probably the number one thing. There's no Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc logo written across the thing. MindShift isn't a household name, so people will probably thing that this is just a hiking/trekking bag.
- Whether you are going through airport security or event security, it is a breeze with how the main compartment is designed. Simply swing it off, lay it down, unzip the main compartment, and bam, everything is there to see.
- You don't have to worry about your camera gear being pick pocketed as the only access is against your back (when wearing it of course)
- The zippers have covers/flaps which is really nice. While the green loops are a clear indication that there's a zipper, it's evident that no one can easily reach in and take something.
- The zipper loops also allow you to place a TSA approved lock through them if you want to go the extra mile to deter theft.
- This is perhaps the most important aspect of any camera backpack; if I can't wear it for hours on end, I'm not interested. I have literally had this on my back, fully loaded for 12 hours and I don't feel like I'm going to die.
- Use the hip straps, should be at about the waist, to bear a majority of the weight.
- Use the shoulder straps to stabilize; if too tight, you'll transfer the weight to your shoulders by lifting the backpack higher. This negates the hip straps.
- Padding is adequate; not too much to where it gets in the way and certainly not too little
- There is some airflow between you and the back pack, but not much. Make no mistake, if you're in a warm or hot environment for a decent amount of time, you will sweat.
What gear I can fit in the camera section and have carried multiple times:
- Full Frame Nikon
- 300mm f/4
- 70-200mm f/2.8
- 24-70mm f/2.8
- NN6 Pano head
- NN EZ-Leveler with case
- Battery grip
- Two Nikon battery chargers
- 4 additional batteries
- Included rain cover
- 4 single filter cases/holders
- Tripod plate
- Quick release clamp
- Blower (for glass elements)
- Small bottle of lens cleaner and cloth
- As many SD's as you can fit
- You can squeeze a flash in all of this as well, but you have be clever about arranging all of the gear and it's really pushing it
I can comfortably fit a 15" MacBook Pro with power adapter and a 11.6" field monitor with all cables and hood.
The material has more room to expand due to being on the front, so I'm able to get irregular shaped items or a just a lot of different things in this.
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Easy to use, loads of space, possibly too much for my gear. Tripod straps are excellent.
Zaino prettamente fotografico con buona capacità di carico per oggetti personali, direi 67% foto e 33% altro. Misure entro i limiti del bagaglio a mano per quasi tutte le compagnie aeree se non si usano troppo le tasche esterne. Perfetto per le escursioni se le si usa. Ottimo per obiettivi lunghi, qualche limite per battery grip (vedi sotto). Ben fatto, bello, versatile e completo di accorgimenti utili. Adatto a chi ha molta attrezzatura e vuole portarla tutta con se, sia in escursione che come bagaglio a mano in viaggio.
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L’ho riempito volutamente fino all’orlo. Nel comparto principale ho messo corpo macchina Panasonic 4/3, 12-60, 170-500 (in orizzontale come il 135), 35, 50, 85 macro, 135, anelli macro, adattatore nikon f-m4/3, adattatore m42-m4/3, microfono rode video micro, telecomando con intervallometro, piccola powerbank, cofanetto kit pulizia, copertura antipioggia, binocolo. Con tutti i paraluce e tutto facilmente estraibile. Più tappi, filtri, batterie, cavi, schede,... nelle tasche interne. Treppiede, gorillapod, borraccia e bastoni da montagna all’esterno. Giacca a vento, sciarpa, guanti, pc portatile, tramezzino, 2 succhi di frutta, taccuino, penne,... nelle ampie tasche esterne.
La profondità del comparto principale potrebbe essere sufficiente per corpi macchina con battery grip. Diciamo che dipende, nel senso che la profondità dichiarata è di 15cm ma è misurata fino all’orlo della zip ed è uguale per tutto il comparto ma: 1) l’avrei dichiarata fino al bordo del comparto (14cm); 2) le tasche interne sono aggiunte allo schienale/coperchio del comparto e non ricavate all’interno di esso quindi il loro riempimento toglie spazio al comparto e impedisce di porre il corpo macchina con grip ovunque si voglia; 3) le tasche interne dello schienale iniziano dopo alcuni cm partendo dall’alto e questo permette di posizionare il corpo macchina con grip nella posizione classica (margine superiore del comparto, centrato e con obiettivo rivolto verso il basso) e in questa posizione i 15cm di altezza sono reali. Scusate la lunga digressione ma i possessori di battery grip sanno che spesso ci sono sorprese.
Distribuzione del peso ottima ma gli spallacci sono rigidi e potrebbero non aderire uniformemente alla propria conformazione delle spalle. Forse è voluto e con l’uso si ammorbidiranno prendendo la giusta forma. Vedremo. Comunque l’ho indossato per 3 ore consecutive a pieno carico e nessun problema.
Clip, zip e asole sono pratici e ben fatti.
L’accesso al comparto principale senza togliersi lo zaino, facendolo ruotare sulla cintura, è in effetti pratico, così come il laccetto per reggere l’apertura, senza il quale si perderebbero metà dei vantaggi di questa soluzione.
Il colore verde è più scuro di quanto non sembri in foto. Cosa che non mi dispiace affatto.
È poco più basso di un trolley da cabina, decisamente più stretto mentre la profondità è la stessa se non si riempiono le tasche esterne.
Negli aeroporti si può usare l’attacco superiore del treppiede per agganciarlo alla maniglia estraibile di un trolley/valigia e trasportarlo insieme ad esso oppure al bracciolo di una seduta o la gamba di un tavolo per ostacolare borseggiatori. Stesso dicasi per la cintura. Non è come avere un cavo d’acciaio passante (che volendo si può aggiungere con semplice fai da te) ma è pur sempre qualcosa. Il comparto principale non è predisposto ma si può comunque chiudere facilmente con un lucchetto.
Provvisto di fasce elastiche per i tiranti di regolazione spallacci, cintura e petto così da non averli penzolanti ovunque.
Sta dritto se lo si poggia su un piano, non cade in avanti o indietro.
Materiale ben lavabile.
La qualità sembra ottima anche se sarà il tempo a giudicarlo.
Bisogna proprio andarli a cercare, piuttosto sono soluzioni che avrei gradito. Le cerniere waterproof per una garanzia ulteriore. Maggiore numero di piccole tasche. Ad esempio, una lunga sul dorso di uno degli spallacci o una più squadrata sul dorso di una delle metà che compongono la cintura, per avere a portata di mano una batteria, una scheda, il tappo dell’obiettivo, il cellulare o una piccola torcia. Si possono comprare e montare vari accessori ma è una spesa in più. Manca una sistemazione specifica per le schede di memoria se non si usa una pochette (che si può comprare a parte). Null’altro. Se non che lo raccomando vivamente.
Dieser Rucksack ist dazu geradezu perfekt. Top Verarbeitung, nützliche zusätzliche Fächer und Gurte - alles ist ausgesprochen durchdacht.
Das gibt ohne mit der Wimper zu zucken glatte 5 Sterne.