Great Camera Bag for Landscape Photographers

Review by Fernando Santos 

Can you ever have too many camera bags? I have many camera bags: small, large, backpacks, slings, shoulder, roller bags, you name it. Recently, however, when I was out for a photo day trip, I discovered that none of my camera bags had dedicated space for food, a jacket, or similar items, which forced me to bring a second bag with me. With the BackLight 36L backpack, the problem is solved, as I can now take my camera gear and still have room for snacks, water bottles, and other items that I may need for the day, including a 15″ laptop and a 10″ tablet. 

This is a Think Tank Photo bag, which means that you can expect high-quality materials, great useful features, plenty of dividers, and a rain cover. One cool feature is that you can access your gear through the back-panel opening, without even taking off the 36L BackLight. And if you lay it on the ground, your harness always stays clean and dry. I had no problem fitting several lenses and two Canon EOS R6 gripped bodies with their L-brackets. Even my Canon RF 70–200mm 2.8L lens fits vertically, which is a nice space-saver option. If you tried to do this with most other bags, it simply won’t fit because they’re not deep enough. 

The belt system is comfortable and adjusts from both sides, instead of from the buckle, which makes it surprisingly easy. Other adjustment points on the shoulder straps help to make it comfortable to wear. You can carry your tripod on either side or use the side pockets for water bottles and have your tripod attached on the center of the bag using the dedicated pouch and straps. 

Those photographers who like black camera bags, however, may have a problem as the BackLight 36L is only available in charcoal or woodland green colors. ■