Santa Rosa, CA—MindShift Gear released its first case designed for quick access to round, square and rectangular lens filters—the Filter Hive. The case, which resembles a beehive and has padded, felt-lined slots that protect delicate glass and resin filters, was created to solve organizational problems of outdoor and wildlife photographers who need quick access to filters of different shapes.
“Since the days of film, outdoor photographers have used filters to adjust a gradient over their image to compensate for a bright sky or sunset,” said MindShift Gear’s founder and president, Doug Murdoch. “With the Filter Hive, not only do they have quick access to the right filter, its removable interior makes for easy cleaning and compact travel.”
The Filter Hive’s padded exterior case and accordion-style removable insert holds six flat graduated neutral density filters up to 4×6 inches and six round filters up to an 82mm diameter, including the thick 1.5cm variable neutral density filters. It is belt mountable and will attach to MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Panorama and rotation180° Professional backpacks.
A grab handle with an SR buckle allows it to be hung from a tripod for quick access, and its color-coded organization permits filters to be located quickly. The case also has a front zippered pocket for access to a lens cloth, and its YKK zipper keeps out dust, moisture and debris.
All fabric exterior is treated with a water-resistant coating while the fabric underside is coated with polyurethane. The interior has a 200D polyester lining, nylex lined filter pockets and closed-cell antilon foam. Its exterior dimensions are 8.1×5.3×3.9 inches and the Filter Hive weighs half a pound. $54.99. mindshiftgear.com