FirstLight® 30L

SKU#: 520352

The FirstLight 30L backpack is designed for traveling outdoor photographers. Built for extended days of travel, the pack is carry on compatible*, making it easier to get to your destination. Plus, this high capacity backpack is comfortable enough for a long day on the trail. The FirstLight’s contoured, 11-point adjustable torso harness fits most men and women. The pack also offers ballistic nylon bottoms for durability, accommodates a hydration reservoir, and has long lens capacity with extra room for your laptop and personal gear.


Price: $279.99

MindShift Gear’s FirstLight backpack series is designed for the traveling photographer ferrying large camera bodies and telephoto lenses in and out of airports and deep into the world’s most remote places."

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Top Features

Adjustable torso length fits small to large body types


Robust, comfortable, and contoured harness system with 11 adjustment points
Sized for domestic or international travel*
Tablet or laptop fits into front pocket (fits up to 15” laptop or 12" tablet)


Additional Features

  • Dedicated 3L hydration pocket on side (30L & 40L only)
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Better weight distribution for a more comfortable load enables easier all day use on the trail
  • Seamless rain cover (included) doubles as a ground cloth
  • When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions
  • Two front stuff pockets for travel or trail essentials: extra layers, a light jacket, headlamp, gloves, chargers
  • Adjustable high-density closed-cell foam dividers for large telephoto lenses, traditional photo gear or personal items
  • Large water bottle or accessory pocket with drains and cinch cord for security
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Ballistic nylon bottom panel for durability in harsh environments
  • Shaped aluminum torso stay for additional support
  • Three grab handles make it easy to hoist into an overhead bin, car, or trunk
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Shoulder straps and waist belt wrap to front for compact storage in overhead compartment
  • Whistle integrated into sternum strap buckle
  • Compatible with MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Lens Switch Case and other filter cases
  • Product Instructions (Download)

*Check with your airline for their current carry-on requirements

Gear Profile
Holds 1 gripped DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses, and 1 flash. Maximum lens size: 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached.

    Canon 1DX attached to the 70-200 f/2.8, 5D Mark III, 24-70 f/2.8, 16-35 f/2.8, 50mm f/1.2, 100 f/2.8 Macro plus 580EXII flash

    Nikon D810 with the 70-200 f/2.8 attached, Nikon D800E, 24-70 f/2.8, 14-24 f/2.8, 105 macro plus SB-900 flash.  

    Canon 1DX attached to the 500 f/4.0, 5D Mark III, 24-70 f/2.8, 16-35 f/2.8, GPS plus travel essentials.