Monday, April 20, 2015

MindShift Gear Reviews: House of Cards and Filter Nest & Hive Mini

My friends at MindShift Gear make some super durable and lightweight camera bags for hikers, but they also make some great accessories. Even if you are a couch potato, you can appreciate the value in having accessories that help you keep track of your stuff while still being super lightweight. In this article and the video below I discuss some of the accessories I’ve tried and love from my friends at MindShift Gear.

Check out the video above to see these products in action, but don’t forget to read the article for a special offer!

House of Cards Memory Card Wallet

Click to learn more about the House of Cards Memory Card Holder
MindShift Gear House of Cards (Closed Front View)

This is a super lightweight and compact memory card holder that holds up to 6 CF cards and 3 SD cards at the same time as shown below:

Click to learn more about the House of Cards Memory Card Holder
Holds 6 CF and 3 SD cards

If you’ve used the Think Tank Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket then this is basically a super lightweight equivalent that is a row smaller and uses an elastic band instead of Velcro to keep itself closed. It’s pretty self explanatory and works great in real life applications. The handy tether shown below is great for clipping this inside your back so you can get to it quickly. The orange colors also make it super easy to find.

Click to learn more about the House of Cards Memory Card Holder
House of Cards Business card/identification window (back)

Special Offer

In celebration of spring, between now and May 15, 2015 when you order one of their award-winning rotation backpacks you will receive for free a House of Cards CF/SD card holder.  To partake of this special offer, click on the backpack of your choice and look for the headline reading “Purchase any MindShift Gear backpack and receive a free House of Cards via mail-in form!” Order your backpack, click on the link, follow the instructions on the form, and MindShift will mail you the House of Cards.

Click here to learn more about the House of Cards and get a link to the rebate form!

Don’t care about weight for your memory card holder? You can also get any of the following FREE for a limited time with your order of $50 or more from ThinkTankPhoto when you use my blog links:

Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket
Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket

Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket
Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket

Pixel Pocket Rocket™
Pixel Pocket Rocket™

Filter Nest Mini

Click to learn more about the Filter Nest Mini
Filter Nest Mini

A variable neutral density filter and circular polarizer are the main filters that no landscape photographer should be without, but the cases these come in can be kind of bulky. What’s more, these things are expensive and it’s kind of common to have a set for two different filter rings (77mm and 82mm for me).

Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep all these filters together and do it in a way that both protected them and didn’t add much weight to your bag? MindShift Gear thought so and created this handy case with color dividers that helps you do just that.

Of course, when I first heard about this I thought – why on Earth would I use that? After a moment I stopped and thought about the fact that my polarizer cases look nearly identical to each other as do my variable neutral density (VND) filters so the common mistake I seem to always have is grabbing the wrong size at the wrong time. What’s more, my polarizer cases are more fragile and a pain to open than my VND’s (which from Singh-Ray are effectively a single filter version of this), so I found myself liking having them all together with fast access.

I realize this might not be for everyone, but if you are the type of person that likes to keep your stuff organized and easy to access, then you’ll enjoy this product.

Click here to learn more.

Filter Hive Mini

Click to learn more about the Filter Hive Mini
Filter Hive Mini

In addition the filters above, I’m still one of those rare landscape shooters who carry’s gradient neutral density filters to deal with those situations where I really new two exposures in the filed and I want to do it right in-camera rather than relying on HDR after the fact. I also know plenty of photographers who swear by Lee Filters for all their neutral density needs, so given their premium price and fragility you definitely need something that both organizes and protects – ideally without adding much weight. The Filter Hive Mini does just that with a lightweight design that accommodates up to four square/rectangular filters (up to 4 x 6 or 100 x 150 mm).

My Cokin case was bulky and the gray sleeves they provide are dust magnets, so this was a no brainer for me. I also have trouble telling which ND filter is which in the case so I used a system where orange is the lightest color to hold the brightest filter (my ND2) and the blue is the darkest (my ND8), so it’s easy to know which is which without hunting for the tiny 8pt text!

Click here to learn more.

Other MindShift Gear Products & Reviews

Click to learn more about the Mindshift Gear rotation180° Professional
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Professional

If you are into heavy duty mountain climbing then this is the perfect camera bag for you. CLICK HERE for my MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Review.

Click to learn more about the MindShift Gear rotation180° Panorama
MindShift Gear rotation180° Panorama

This is for the hard core hikers who want great functionality with the minimal weight possible. CLICK HERE for my MindShift Gear Panorama Rotation 180° Review

Two new bags for less than $200!

I haven’t had a chance to review the two newest bags from MindShift Gear below, but they are both crazy light and affordable.

rotation180ยบ Travel Away
(Only $199!!!)


rotation180° Trail
(Only $179!!!)



You might not have heard of MindShift Gear before, but they are a spin off from Think Tank Photo. From my experience they offer the same great quality and service with a fraction of the weight, so they are perfect bag for hikers, cyclists and anyone who wants a lightweight gear.

These accessories might not be for everyone, but while you are here I encourage you to check out their backpacks if you haven’t before. They are pretty sweet bags that offer fast access to you gear without having to take your bag off, so I find them extremely handy.

MindShift Gear has a bunch of products and accessories made for hikers. Click here to learn more.

Where to order

Click here to learn more or order today.

Don’t miss the special offer in the House of Cards section above too!

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