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by Mike McNamee Published 01/02/2016


There are plenty of attachment loops for additional gear such as ice axes. The tripod foot pocket is stowed under the flap with the yellow pull tab.

The bag is equipped with dedicated tripod straps on the back but if that places it too far from your spine then you have the option to place the legs in the side, bottle pocket and secure the top with the strap near the top of the bag. Having the tripod tight to your side is preferable in confined spaces; with the tripod on the back there is a tendency to turn and bash into fellow travellers (although some might consider this a bonus!). The water bottle pockets themselves are a decent size and will hold a onelitre Sigg bottle comfortably, but could also take over trousers or even a lens. There is a separate rain cover which opens flat to act as a kneeler or ground sheet but can cover the whole bag and tripod in rough weather.

In terms of capacity, the 26 litres divides into the main compartment which can hold, for example, a Nikon D810 with 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 105mm f/2.8 macro and 14-24mm f/2.8 plus SB900 flash as well as accessories such as filters, cable release and spare cards. The remaining nine-litre divided space will hold a lap top or general stuff such as maps, food, warm-weather gear, etc. The exterior of the pack is abundantly provided with accessory loops and daisy-chain webbing.

The shoulder straps are heavily contoured for greater comfort and also have daisy chain loops and a sternum strap. The bag carries well especially because of its slightly smaller height, one of the issues I found with the Tilopa was that the overall length forced the bag down over the hips.

Overall the Backlight is an out and out day sack but a very accomplished one, stylish, well designed, comfortable and practical - very much worth the asking price. As with the f-stop range, the bags bear the hallmark of being designed by outdoor types and are equipped for utility rather than skimping on material and strapping here and there to save a few cents.

The Backlight is available in green or a very dark grey. The Mindshift range itself is worthy of looking over as the designers have come up with some ideas that are unusual, possibly unique. Foremost amongst these are the Panorama Rotation range, so called because the whole lower portion of the bag rotates out of the containing sack round to the wearer's front (see


Think Tank Photo launched MindShift Gear in February 2012. MindShift is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet. They are dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. see

Exterior Dimensions:
11.4" W x 20.3" H x 7.9" D (29 x 51.5 x 20 cm)
Interior Dimensions:
10.2" W x 19.3" H x 5.9" D (26 x 49 x 15 cm)
10" W x 15.3" H x 1"D (25.5 x 38.8 x 2.5 cm)
9.3" W x 10.2" H x 0.6" D (23.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Weight: 3.9lb (1.8kg)
Volume: 26 litres
Exterior: 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.

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.


  • Holds 1 standard-size DSLR and 4-6 standard zoom lenses, plus a flash
  • Holds 2 large mirrorless cameras and 5-7 lenses, plus a flash
  • Fits personal gear in the 9l front compartments
  • Maximum lens size: 200-400 f/4 detached from body

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