GEAR

Aug 29th

2014

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MindShift Filter Hive

MindShift Filter Hive - Closed

Hello from the windy and rainy coast of Newfoundland where we’re enjoying the fallout from tropical storm Cristobal!

A few months ago I starting looking for a better way to deal with my 100mm Lee / Singh Ray filters and the various things I end up cramming into my pockets – spare batteries, filter holder, cable release, lens cloths – and found the MindShift Filter Hive. My previous filter wallet, from Lee, was fine, but all it did was carry filters. That was it. And no one I know grabs a camera and a couple filters without needing some other things.

It won’t make my photographs better but it makes the process of making them a little easier, and that in turn makes me a little more patient and perceptive, two things that will dramatically affect the photographs I end up with.

The Filter Hive fits on my belt or clips with a loop around my tripod allowing me to work with it and remain hands-free. It holds several filters at once, allowing me to switch back and forth without putting something in my mouth or between my knees, both techniques that have resulting in scratched filters and a sudden loss of sense of humour. The filters slide in nicely, are kept clean, and the dividers are colour coded, so I know exactly which filter is in which slot – my 3-stop hard grad is between red and green, for example. And to sweeten the deal, there’s room inside for a few extras, and a zipped pocket on the front that’ll hold a couple batteries. It’s the little things that make life easier, and this allows me to keep all the important stuff in one place, clip it to my tripod and go, only having to make sure my camera is slung over my other shoulder. It won’t make my photographs better but it makes the process of making them a little easier, and that in turn makes me a little more patient and perceptive, two things that will dramatically affect the photographs I end up with.

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For more information, check them out on the website  – I’m sure I’ve missed a couple features. If I remember right, the Filter Hive goes for about $55, and there’s a smaller one, for smaller screw-on filters, called the Filter Nest, if you don’t use the larger Lee-style filters.

May 28th

2014

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Giveaway: QUEST Vest, by SCOTTEVEST

Scott Jordan and his team at SCOTTEVEST have just made their already amazing Travel Vest even better for photographers by releasing a new version called the QUEST vest. Here’s a review I’ve been putting together in my brain for a while. Consider it more of a reaction, as the last few months I’ve not been […]

Mar 13th

2014

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Uinta Adventure Pack

This is the new Uinta Adventure Pack from Gura Gear. I’m a big fan of their bags and have been using them for the last 4 years as my work has transitioned to more landscapes and outdoor adventure work. As that transition has occurred, the things I want in a bag have also changed. My […]

Jan 22nd

2014

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The Mirrorless Post

Fuji XE-1, 1/10 @ 2.8, ISO 6400, handheld. I’m convinced. After a week in Lalibela, Ethiopia, and a safari in Kenya, I’m ready to leave my heavy pro DSLR gear at home more often. I went to Ethiopia with a Fuji XE-1 and a Leica M (240), both with a small kit of lenses (18-55 […]

Dec 28th

2013

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Mirrorless to Africa

In a couple days I fly to Africa for almost 6 weeks. A week in Lalibela, Ethiopia, then to Kenya to spend 10 ten days in my beloved Maasai Mara to take my mother on her first safari, and then to Zanzibar for over two weeks to get my scuba certification and spend time with […]

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