MindShift Filter Hive Mini & Filter Nest Mini Review

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I’ve previously reviewed the MindShift Filter Hive, which is the big brother to these two “mini” cases. The Filter Hive is by far the best filter carrying accessory on the market, but it’s pretty large. These mini cases cater to those that use between one and four filters, and need something with a slimmer design, to tuck into the pocket of a camera bag. They are extremely well padded, but remain light enough that you’ll forget you’ve got them in the bag. Colour-coded tabs allow you to come up with a routine for placement, and therefore identify your filters before pulling them out.

The smaller Filter Nest Mini comes in at $24.99 and the Filter Hive Mini comes in at $29.99 which I think is fair considering the quality feel of the padding and overall construction.

Filter Hive Mini

The Filter Hive Mini has 4 slots to hold filters up to 4 x 6 or 100 x 150 mm. It has a small nylon carry handle that comes in handy for securing into your pack on a keychain clip, or hanging on a tripod while shooting.

mini filter holder from mindshift
4x6 filters in a filter hive mini
side view of the mindshift filter hive mini
front of the filter hive mini
rear view of the filter hive mini

Filter Nest Mini

The Filter Nest Mini will hold 4 round filters of up to 82mm in diameter. The important thing to note from the photos of it, is just how thick the filters can be. If you use multiple variable NDs, which are much thicker, these will still work just fine. The case only weighs 2.6 oz (71 g), and it will fit in your pant pocket if you just want to carry around a couple of filters on a photo walk. On a recent vacation, I carried a polarizer in it for the whole time, and it worked a treat.

round filters in the filter nest mini
mindshift filter nest mini, top view
slots in the mindshift filter nest mini
filter nest mini, front view


When I’m looking to travel fast and light, these are the filter cases I’m turning to. The larger Filter Hive is great for travelling on big photo expeditions, but for longer hikes, or having a couple of filters with me “just in case”, these two products have definitely earned a place in my kit. MindShift Gear are doing an excellent job of building out the ultimate range of packs and accessories for landscape, wildlife and adventure photographers.

US Customers spending more than $100 in Think Tank Photo’s online store can get a free Think Tank Freeway Tote bag when they enter the discount code FreeTote20 at checkout. To receive the free tote bag ($32.75 value), you must add it to your cart (here) alongside your other purchases.

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Professional photographer based in Yukon, Canada, and founder of Shutter Muse. His editorial work has been featured in publications all over the world, and his commercial clients include brands such as Nike, Apple, Adobe and Red Bull.

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2 thoughts on “MindShift Filter Hive Mini & Filter Nest Mini Review”

  1. Do you find that the open bottoms let dust or sand in? Is the material on the inside soft enough so that it won’t scratch your filters?

    • It’s definitely soft enough that it won’t scratch the filters! I don’t find that it lets dust or sand in, but then I don’t really get sand in my bag either. I’d actually rather have it open so that any particles can be shaken free if they did gather, rather than being trapped unseen in the darkness.


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