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 Friday, July 15, 2016
SANTA ROSA, CALIF. – Working in partnership with renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, MindShift Gear has updated the three classic Moose Peterson backpacks. Initially designed for wildlife and safari photographers, the backpacks feature a three-compartment layout that helps protect their gear from the elements.
 
The Moose Pack series is available in three sizes: MP-1, MP-5 and the smallest, the MP-7. The backpacks can carry up to three DSLR camera bodies with telephoto lenses attached—up to 600mm f/4. This strategy enables photographers to be ready to capture wildlife at any distance without changing lenses or exposing the sensor to the elements. The backpacks also feature the same innovative “Moose Ear” flaps that close automatically, protecting camera gear from dust and debris common in wildlife photography. And because nature photographers often travel to remote locations, the packs are designed to meet airline carry on requirements, and even fit in the overhead compartment of the smallest regional jets.
 
Moose Peterson is a recognized Nikon USA Ambassador, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, and Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program. He also shares his knowledge through writing, being published in over 143 magazines worldwide, authoring 28 books including Photographic FUNdementals and Taking Flight and Captured, and lecturing across the country to thousands of photographers. As one of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose became the first wildlife photographer to shoot strictly digital.
 
“Moose Peterson backpacks are renowned for serving the needs of traveling photographers,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “It has been a joy collaborating with him on bringing these classic designs back to the marketplace. While their design and materials have been enhanced, the designs of all three backpacks retain Moose’s original vision.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Original 1998 ‘Moose Ears’ design with auto-close compartment flaps protect the interior from dust, spray, wind, etc.
  • Three compartment system allows you to keep lenses attached providing the quickest way to access gear
  • Tuck-away harness system with removable waistbelt easily allows you to streamline your bag when loading it in a train, plane or automobile (MP-1 & MP-3 only)
  • Sized for carry-on, allowing you to get the maximum amount of gear on the plane
  • Long glass carrying solution with body attached
  • Tripod/monopod mounting system on side and front
  • Flap guard protects front zippers
  • Highest quality RC Fuse YKK zippers, 600D and 420D nylon construction for long-lasting durability and strength
  • Dual-density foam padded shoulder harness, cushioned with air mesh
  • Zippered side pockets fit full-sized flashes (MP-7 only)
  • Stretch water bottle pocket fits 32 oz. water bottle
  • Robust zipper pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Seam-sealed rain cover/drop cloth included protects against rain and dust
GEAR CAPACITY
 
Moose Peterson MP-7 V2.0
 
  • Holds 1 gripped body attached to 70–200mm f/2.8 and two ungripped bodies with primes attached, two flashes and accessories
  • Or, holds 1 gripped body and one ungripped body with 70–200mm f/2.8, 24–70mm f/2.8, 14–24mm f/2.8 (or 16–35mm f/2.8), a 2x teleconverter, two flashes and accessories
  • Maximum lens size: 200mm f/2 attached to a gripped body
Moose Peterson MP-3 V2.0
 
  • 3 gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, 1–2 additional lenses and 1–2 flashes and accessories
  • Or, 3 gripped bodies and 1 ungripped body detached from lenses, 4–5 standard zoom lenses, 1–2 flashes, a 2x teleconverter and accessories
  • Maximum lens size: Holds 600mm f/4 detached or 500mm f/4 lens attached to a gripped body
Moose Peterson MP-1 V2.0
 
  • 3 gripped DSLRs with lenses attached,3–5 additional lenses, 2x teleconverter,1–2 flashes and accessories
  • Or, 3 gripped bodies and 1 ungripped body detached from lenses, 7–8 standard zoom lenses, 1–2 flashes, a 2x teleconverter and accessories
  • Maximum lens size: Holds 800mm detached
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The backpacks also feature highest-quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 600D polyester, 1680D ballistic nylon, 320G DuraStretch mesh, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: high-density velex, 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
Moose Peterson MP-7 V2.0
 
  • External Dimensions: 15” W x 15.5” H x 8” D (38.1 x 39.4 x 20.3 cm)
  • Large Camera Compartment: 5.3” W x 14” H x 6.5” D (13.5 x 35.5 x 16.5 cm)
  • Small Camera Compartments (each): 5” W x 6.3” H x 6.5” D (12.5 x 16 x 16.5 cm)
  • Weight: 2.5–3.3 lbs. (1.1–1.5 kg) (Lower weight excludes all dividers and accessories)
Moose Peterson MP-3 V2.0
 
  • External Dimensions: 14” W x 20” H x 8” D (35.5 x 50.8 x 20.3 c m)
  • Large Camera Compartment: 6.8” W x 18” H x 6.8” D (17.3 x 46 x 17.3 cm)
  • Small Camera Compartments (each): 6” W x 8.5” H x 6.8” D (15 x 21.5 x 17.3 cm)
  • Weight: 3.2–4.6 lbs. (1.5–2.1 kg) (Lower weight excludes all dividers and accessories)
Moose Peterson MP-1 V2.0
 
  • External Dimensions: 14” W x 23” H x 8” D (35.5 x 58.4 x 20.3 c m)
  • Large Camera Compartment: 6.8” W x 21.8” H x 6.8” D (17.3 x 55. 4 x 17.3 cm)
  • Small Camera Compartments (each): 6” W x 10” H x 6.75” D (15 x 25 x 17 cm)
  • Weight: 3.7–5.1 lbs. (1.7–2.3 kg) (Lower weight excludes all dividers and accessories)
MindShift Gear carries the Moose Peterson Backpack Series.
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Post Date: 7/15/2016 5:07:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 3, 2016
From MindShift Gear:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For outdoor photographers who need quick access to their CF and SD memory cards, MindShift Gear has released the Card-Again wallets. These two simple, lightweight memory card wallets fit easily in your pockets, feature clear windows to identify used versus full cards and cutouts for easy access, and an attachment point to tether to a bag or clothing. The CF Card-Again holds four CF cards. The SD Card-Again holds six SD cards.
 
Materials
 
Exterior: The wallets are constructed using 420 high-density nylon, 210D nylon, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread. For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.
 
Specifications
 
CF Card-Again
External Dimensions: 4.3” x 2.5” x 0.5” (11 x 6.3 x 1.3 cm)
(W x H x D)
Weight: 1.0 oz. (28 g)
 
SD Card-Again
External Dimensions: 4.3” x 2.4” x 0.5” (11 x 6 x 1.2 cm)
(W x H x D)
Weight: 0.9 oz. (25 g)
 
MindShift Gear has the Card-Again Memory Card Holders in stock.
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Post Date: 5/3/2016 10:02:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From MindShift Gear:
 
Carry Your Camera Outdoors Five Ways with MindShift Gear’s Multi-Mount Holster
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For outdoor photographers seeking one bag to carry a single DSLR camera on everything from a quick outing to a multi-night trek, MindShift Gear introduces four highly versatile Multi-Mount Holsters. Sized to fit a range of cameras and lenses, each holster offers five key mounting configurations: shoulder, pack/front harness, chest, storage, and belt. In a first for the photo industry, the Multi-Mount Holsters feature a unique backpack mount for multi-day comfort. The holsters feature an innovative “Stabilizer Strap System” that secures the bag in your desired position, distributes weight effectively, and is quickly adjustable.
 
In keeping with MindShift’s design emphasis on providing protection from stormy weather, wind, snow and dust, the new holsters feature a weather-blocking elements barrier under the zippered lid and a seam-sealed rain cover. The Multi-Mount Holster 30 and 50 sizes feature an expandable front pocket for quick access to photography essentials, such as a Speedlight flash or tabletop tripod.
 
“The Multi-Mount Holsters include all the accessories needed to personalize your camera carrying method,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer. “With just a few adjustments, you can quickly switch from carrying it on your waist, back, chest or shoulder.”
 
Features and Benefits
 
  • Designed for today’s DSLRs with attached quick release or L-bracket
  • Integrated multi-mount adjustable strap system tucks away into three dedicated pockets
  • Weight bearing shoulder strap features stretch-free neoprene comfort, slip-resistant shoulder pad, lightweight clips, and two-sided length adjustment including one ladderlock
  • Front harness weight-bearing pack mount straps feature quick-release SR buckles for instant removal and pivoting lightweight clips that attach to any pack’s shoulder harness with daisy chain webbing
  • Lightweight and compact stabilizer waist belt is designed to easily pivot the shoulder bag configuration around over the webbing
  • Stabilizer straps, stored in tuck-away pockets, quickly wrap around any backpack shoulder strap and create triangulated stabilization from low and high points on the front end of the bag
  • New YKK zippers are coated with an anti-corrosion substrate, providing enamel-finish durability. These zippers are less prone to freezing and much lighter than standard slides. They also pass YKK’s industry-renowned production fastening standard with a static pull test at three angles result in smoother zipping in all conditions.
  • Exterior shell is constructed with 420D nylon with Durable Water Resistance finish for long lasting durability and strength
  • Front expandable pocket includes organizer pocket, two separate loops for memory card holder and keys, and double sliders
  • Domed top creates room for attached camera strap storage
  • Comfortable air mesh back panel includes stabilizer waist belt pass-through
  • Internal zippered lid pocket for added protection from the elements
  • Removable LCD screen protector and adjustable divider(s) for different lens configurations
  • Main compartment security loop secures camera to lanyard in exposed environments
  • Top grab handle
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves
  • Shoulder strap loops double as clip-in point for water bottles, etc.
Gear Capacity
 
Multi-Mount Holster 10
 
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one standard zoom lens or prime
  • Holds one compact DSLR (Rebel, 3300 or 5300 series) and one lens
  • Compatible Lenses: Prime lens; Kit Lens; 16-85mm (Canon or Nikon) with hood REVERSED; 16-35mm f/2.8 (Sony)
Multi-Mount Holster 20
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • 16-35mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon); 16-35mm f/4 VR with hood EXTENDED (Nikon); 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 17-55mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon)
Multi-Mount Holster 30
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens
  • Holds one gripped DSLRs (1Dx or D4s) and one standard zoom lens
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon or Nikon); 70-200mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 300mm f/4 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 80-400mm f/4 AF-S/G with hood REVERSED (Nikon)
  • Front pocket holds SB-910 (Nikon Speedlight); 600 RT (Canon Speedlite)
Multi-Mount Holster 50
 
  • Holds one gripped Pro DSLR (Nikon D3/D4 series or Canon 1D/1Ds/1DX series) and one standard zoom lens
  • Holds one standard DSLRs with L-bracket (Nikon D800/D700) and one standard zoom lens
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon or Nikon); 70-200mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 300mm f/4 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 80-400mm f/4 AF-S/G with hood REVERSED (Nikon)
  • Front pocket holds SB-910 (Nikon Speedlight); 600 RT (Canon Speedlite)
Materials
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The holsters also feature high-quality YKK zippers, 420D high-density nylon, 420D velocity nylon, 320G, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D poly, velex, high-density closed-cell foam, belly-o mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Specifications
 
Multi-Mount Holster 10
External Dimensions: 8.5” H x 7.25” W x 6.25” D
Camera Compartment: 6.75” H x 6” W x 3.75” D
Weight: 10 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 2.125 oz.)
 
Multi-Mount Holster 20
External Dimensions: 9.5” H x 8.25” W x 6.5” D
Camera Compartment: 7.5” H x 7.25” W x 4.5” D
Weight: 11.625 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 3.5 oz.)
 
Multi-Mount Holster 30
External Dimensions: 13.25” H x 8.5” W x 6.5” D
Camera Compartment: 11.25” H x 7.25” W x 4.5” D
Weight: 12.875 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 5.25 oz.)
 
Multi-Mount Holster 50
External Dimensions: 13.25” H x 8.5” W x 8.75” D
Camera Compartment: 11.25” H x 7.25” W x 6.5” D
Weight: 14.875 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 7.625 oz.)
 
MindShift Gear has the Multi-Mount Holsters in stock.
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Post Date: 5/3/2016 9:41:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 7, 2016
Our friends at MindShift Gear just released what might be the three lightest weight outdoor photography backpacks ever (the new UltraLight Single 16L backpack weighs in at a slim 1.9 pounds, including rain cover). The UltraLight Sprint 16L, UltraLight Dual 25L, and UltraLight Dual 36L side-panel designs allow quick access to cameras, lenses, and accessories without having to take off the bag.
 
The backpacks also offer generous space for personal belongings, zippered storage, a hydration reservoir and electronics. Additional features include an integrated tripod mounting system and highly breathable shoulder straps. The UltraLight Dual 25L and UltraLight Dual 36L include a removable camera compartment and shoulder strap that can be worn separately when you wish to drop your full pack and set off with even less weight.
 
From MindShift Gear:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Outdoor photographers can now go faster and farther with what may be the lightest photo daypacks ever: The UltraLight series from MindShift Gear. The UltraLight Sprint 16L, UltraLight Dual 25L, and UltraLight Dual 36L side-panel designs allow quick access to cameras, lenses, and accessories without first having to take off the bag. The backpacks also offer generous space for personal belongings, zippered storage, a hydration reservoir and electronics. Additional features include an integrated tripod mounting system and highly breathable shoulder straps.
 
The UltraLight Dual 25L and UltraLight Dual 36L also include a removable camera compartment and shoulder strap that can be worn separately when users wish to drop their full pack and bag a peak with even less weight.
 
“All aspects of the UltraLight backpacks were refined with weight in mind, including lightweight fabric, thinner webbing, lighter buckles, and shoulder straps with less padding,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer. “This allows the outdoor enthusiast to be able to go farther and faster as they are not weighed down by their pack.”
 
GEAR CAPACITY
 
UltraLight Sprint 16L:
 
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one to two standard zoom lenses, or primes
  • Holds one compact DSLR (Rebel, 3300 or 5300 series) and one to two lenses
  • Fits up to a 10” tablet or most 1.5 liter hydration reservoirs
  • Nine liters of capacity for personal gear
  • Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to a DSLR body
UltraLight Dual 25L:
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and two to three lenses
  • Fits up to a 15” laptop or most 2.5 liter hydration reservoirs
  • Fourteen liters of capacity for personal gear
  • Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to a DSLR body
UltraLight Dual 36L:
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and two to four standard zoom lenses
  • Holds one gripped DSLRs (1Dx or D4s) and two to three standard zoom lenses
  • Fits up to a 15” laptop or most three liter hydration reservoirs
  • Twenty liters of capacity for personal gear
  • Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to body with 70-200 f/2.8 detached
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high-quality YKK Fuse zippers, 100D nylon shadow rip-stop, 420D high-density nylon, 210D velocity nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D poly, velex, high-density closed-cell foam, belly-o mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT DIMENSIONS, VOLUME & WEIGHT
 
UltraLight Sprint 16L
External Dimensions: (25 x 47 x 15 cm)
Camera Compartment: (24 x 14 x 12 cm)
Tablet/hydration compartment: (24.5 x 27 cm)
Volume: 16 liters
Weight: 1.9lbs (includes rain cover)
 
UltraLight Dual 25L
External Dimensions: (26 x 55 x 17 cm)
Camera Compartment: (23 cm x 19 cm x 13 cm)
Laptop/hydration compartment: (26 x 40 cm) W x H
Volume: 25 liters
Weight: 2.8 lbs (includes rain cover, removable shoulder strap, removable camera compartment)
 
UltraLight Dual 36L
External Dimension: (28 x 60 x 22 cm)
Camera Compartment: (25 X 25 X 16.5cm)
Laptop/hydration compartment: (26.5 x 49cm) W x H
Volume: 36 liters
Weight: 3.3 lbs (includes rain cover, removable shoulder strap, removable camera compartment)
 
MindShift Gear has the Ultralight Sprint 16L, Dual 25L and Dual 36L daypacks in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/7/2016 3:10:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 16, 2015
Our friends at MindShift Gear have just announced a unique opportunity for you to take one of their FirstLight 20L or 30L (press release) outdoor photography backpacks on a 30-day, risk-free “test drive.”
 
Call them toll free at 866-558-4465 x1, 8:30 AM - 5 PM PST Mon - Fri and they'll process your free test drive trial. Ask for FedEx Ground shipping and they'll include it at no charge. And, be sure to mention The-Digital-Picture.com when ordering.
 
The FirstLight backpacks are designed for the traveling outdoor photographer. The two packs are carry on compatible on virtually any regional and large commercial flight, making getting to your destination with your gear a worry free experience. The FirstLights' contoured, 11-point adjustable torso harness fits most men and women. A shaped aluminum torso stay provides additional support. The packs also utilize ballistic nylon bottoms for long lasting durability.
 
They have dedicated water bottle pockets on both sizes, while the 30L also accommodates up to a 3L hydration reservoir. Both have long lens capacity, big stuff pockets, sternum strap whistles, with extra room for your 15" laptop and personal gear. Use the accessory straps to carry a tripod, monopod or hiking poles. They've also included a seam-sealed rain cover. When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions.
 
The FirstLight 30L is sized for gripped DSLRs and larger gear and will hold up to a 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached. The FirstLight 20L is sized for standard size DSLRs and robust mirrorless kits and will hold up to a 200–400mm f/4 attached or 300 f/2.8 attached.
 
Product Links
MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L
MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L
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Post Date: 10/16/2015 7:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 15, 2015
MindShift Gear’s New BackLight 26L Photo Daypack Provides Rapid Access to Outdoor Photography Gear
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – With the October release of the BackLight 26L photo daypack, MindShift Gear continues its commitment to providing outdoor photographers with rapid access to gear. The BackLight’s back panel opening allows quick gear access, especially when taking the pack off is not an option. The zippered rear opening reduces the amount of dust, mud, ice or other elements coming in contact with gear or the pack while keeping the shoulder harness clean.
 
The BackLight 26L has nine liters of daypack capacity providing plenty of space for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. It comes in two colors, Charcoal and Greenfield.
 
“The BackLight was designed to address the needs of traveling outdoor photographers,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer. “It holds a standard-size DSLR and four to six standard zoom lenses plus a flash, or two large mirrorless cameras and five to seven lenses plus a flash.”
 
Features and Benefits
 
  • Daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points for expanding your carry capacity
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Padded waist belt for all day comfort on the trail with webbing rail for attachment of additional MindShift accessories
  • Quick fit waist belt adjustment for rapid and convenient fitting
  • Adjustable neck strap keeps the back panel against your chest providing unencumbered access to your gear
  • Integrated insert with customizable dividers allows you to maximize the space for photo gear, personal gear, or a combination of the two
  • 2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit a 32 oz. Nalgene
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Air channel and lumbar support on rear-panel for all-day comfort
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves or chilled fingers
  • Highest quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D Velocity and 420D high-density nylon for long lasting durability and strength
  • Front stuff pockets for trail essentials: headlamp, gloves, and chargers
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included, folds flat for use as a ground cover
  • Compatible with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest, Filter Hive and Switch Case
Materials
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. Features the highest-quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Specifications
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 20.3” H x 7.9” D (29 x 51.5 x 20 cm)
Interior Camera Compartment: 10.2” W x 19.3” H x 5.9” D (26 x 49 x 15 cm)
Laptop Pocket: 10” W x 15.3” H x 1”D (25.5 x 38.8 x 2.5 cm)
Tablet Pocket: 9.3” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (23.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Total Volume: 26L
Weight: 3.9 lbs (1.8 kg)
 
The MindShift Gear BackLight 26L is scheduled to be available in October.
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Post Date: 9/15/2015 2:56:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 28, 2015
From MindShift Gear:
 
The Industrial Designers Society of America named our sister outdoor company MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Panorama Backpack a winner of the Silver IDEA Award. The rotation180° Panorama was selected from among more than 1,700 projects entered from around the globe in 20 categories.
 
“When we look at a design, we’re not just looking at what’s trendy or fashionable at the moment. We have the context of a long line of designers that came before us,” said IDEA Award Chair Matthew Marzynski, IDSA. “That collective knowledge exists within IDSA, kind of like a living treasure.”
 
New IDSA Board of Directors Chair, John Barratt—a former IDEA Jury Chair—calls the competition “the authority on design” and says IDEA jurying is “the most rigorous and thoughtful” in the world.
 
The rotation180° Panorama is the first rotating day hiker backpack. Designed for hikers who carry cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps, tablets, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access without first having to take off the backpack, or even stop hiking.
 
MindShift Gear backpacks are available from www.mindshiftgear.com and other leading outdoor and photography retailers.
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Post Date: 8/28/2015 5:43:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 1, 2015
From MindShift Gear:
 
MindShift Gear’s First Light Outdoor Photography Backpacks Feature Extreme Comfort, Airline Compatibility, and Big Glass Capacity
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – MindShift Gear’s First Light backpack series addresses the most pressing needs of outdoor photographers who travel and trek, especially those who carry their 200mm to 600mm “Big Glass” lenses. These high capacity backpacks come in three sizes and feature contoured, adjustable torso harnesses with 11 adjustment points for extreme comfort whether running through an airport or traversing a mountain. Designed to comply with airline carryon size requirements, First Light backpacks are built with ballistic nylon bottoms for durability, room for a laptop and personal gear, and in the two larger sizes, a dedicated pocket for hydration reservoirs.
 
“We heard loudly and clearly from outdoor photographers that they wanted dual-purpose backpacks they could use to transport their gear safely on airlines and also for carrying their largest lenses comfortably for hours while deep into their treks,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “We were able to design backpacks sized to fit three different camera gear configurations that are the best made, most durable, most comfortable, and most reasonably priced in the market.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Dedicated 3L hydration pocket on side (30L & 40L only)
  • Tablet or laptop fits into front pocket (20L & 30L = up to 15” laptop; 40L = up to 17” laptop)
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Better weight distribution for a more comfortable load enables easier all day use on the trail
  • Seamless rain cover (included) doubles as a ground cloth
  • When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions
  • 2 front stuff pockets for travel or trail essentials; extra layers, a light jacket, headlamp, gloves, chargers
  • Adjustable high-density closed-cell foam dividers for large telephoto lenses, traditional photo gear, or personal items
  • Large water bottle or accessory pocket with drains and cinch cord for security
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Ballistic nylon bottom panel for durability in harsh environments
  • Shaped aluminum torso stay for additional support
  • Grab handles on 3 sides make it easy to hoist into an overhead bin, car, or trunk (2 handles on 20L)
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Shoulder straps and waist belt wrap to front for compact storage in overhead compartment
  • Whistle integrated into sternum strap buckle
  • Compatible with MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Lens Switch Case, and the filter cases
GEAR PROFILE
 
  • FirstLight 20L: Holds 1 standard-size DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses. Holds 2 large Mirrorless DSLRs and 5–7 lenses plus a flash. Maximum lens size: 200–400mm f/4 detached or 300 f/2.8 attached.
  • FirstLight 30L: Holds 1 gripped DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses, and 1 flash. Maximum lens size: 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached.
  • FirstLight 40L: Holds 2 gripped DSLRs with 6–8 standard zoom lenses and 1–2 flashes. Maximum lens size: 600mm f/4 lens detached or a 500mm f/4 attached.
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating; the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has the highest quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 1680D ballistic nylon, 210D nylon, 320G DuraStretch mesh, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, belly-o mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
FirstLight 20L:
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 18.7” H x 7” D (29 x 47.5 x 17.8 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 10.8” W x 17.5”H x 5.3” D (27.5 x 44.5 x 13.5 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 15” laptop
Weight: 4.4lb (1.9kg)
 
FirstLight 30L:
Exterior Dimensions: 12” W x 19” H x 8.7” D (30.5 x 48.3 x 22 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 11.2” W x 18.1”H x 7.1” D (28.5 x 46 x 18 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 15” laptop
Weight: 5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
 
FirstLight 40L:
Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 21.7” H x 9” D (35 x 55 x 22.9 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 13.4” W x 20” H x 7.3” D (34 x 51 x 18.5 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 17” laptop
Weight: 6.0 lbs (2.7 kg)
 
MindShift Gear has the FirstLight 20L, FirstLight 30L and FirstLight 40L in stock and ready for delivery.
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Post Date: 7/1/2015 12:49:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 8, 2015
From Mindshift Gear:
 
Tired of having to take off your backpack to get at your essential gear, our sister outdoor company, MindShift Gear, has released the new, higher volume rotation180° Horizon rotating backpack. The rotation180° Horizon backpack with rotating beltpack allows for instant access to food, binoculars, cameras and lenses, and other essential equipment. Plus, there is now added extra space in the main pack for larger gear, including clothing, climbing gear, and up to a 13” laptop. Daisy chains and ice ax loops provide additional lash points.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Integrated rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: camera, 10” tablet, binoculars, maps, guidebook, and snacks.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment on side fits most 3L reservoirs
  • 2 bags in 1: removable beltpack can be worn separately for shorter outings
  • 13” laptop fits in main compartment
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch, etc.
  • Front zippered pocket provides quicker access to smaller items, such as climbing gear, field instruments, first aid kit, and climbing shoes
  • Small trekking tripod, or fly rod/reel carry easily on the front or side panels
  • Load–lifter straps adjust the weight distribution for comfortable fit
  • Side water bottle pocket fits most 32 oz. water bottles
  • Two rows of daisy chains for additional attachment points
  • Beltpack compression straps adjust for custom fit
  • Integrates with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit
  • Webbing rail for attaching additional components to waist belt
  • Breathable padded airmesh shoulder harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Aluminum stay in frame sheet, provides for custom fit
  • Optional seam–sealed rain cover
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PROFILES FOR BELTPACK
 
  • Canon 5DMIII with 24-70mm f/2.8 attached + 16–35 mm f/2.8 + tablet
  • Nikon D810 with 70–300 f/4.5–5.6 attached + 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5 + Flash + tablet
  • 1–3 GoPro bodies, LCD BacPac, remote, batteries, SD cards, various mounts and adaptors + tablet
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water–resistance, all exterior fabric has durable water–repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high quality YKK zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high–density nylon, 100D shadow Ripstop nylon, 210D velocity nylon, Ultra–Stretch fabric, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, and 3–ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D polyester lining, belly–o mesh pockets, closed–cell antilon foam, 3–ply bonded nylon thread
 
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Horizon Backpacks available now.
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Post Date: 5/8/2015 3:04:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From MindShift Gear:
 
Tired of having to take off your backpack to get at your essential gear, our sister outdoor company, MindShift Gear, has released the new, higher volume rotation180° Horizon rotating backpack. The rotation180° Horizon backpack with rotating beltpack allows for instant access to food, binoculars, cameras and lenses, and other essential equipment. Plus, there is now added extra space in the main pack for larger gear, including clothing, climbing gear, and up to a 13” laptop. Daisy chains and ice ax loops provide additional lash points.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Integrated rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: camera, 10” tablet, binoculars, maps, guidebook, and snacks.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment on side fits most 3L reservoirs
  • 2 bags in 1: removable beltpack can be worn separately for shorter outings
  • 13” laptop fits in main compartment
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch, etc.
  • Front zippered pocket provides quicker access to smaller items, such as climbing gear, field instruments, first aid kit, and climbing shoes
  • Small trekking tripod, or fly rod/reel carry easily on the front or side panels
  • Load–lifter straps adjust the weight distribution for comfortable fit
  • Side water bottle pocket fits most 32 oz. water bottles
  • Two rows of daisy chains for additional attachment points
  • Beltpack compression straps adjust for custom fit
  • Integrates with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit
  • Webbing rail for attaching additional components to waist belt
  • Breathable padded airmesh shoulder harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Aluminum stay in frame sheet, provides for custom fit
  • Optional seam–sealed rain cover
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PROFILES FOR BELTPACK
 
  • Canon 5DMIII with 24-70mm f/2.8 attached + 16–35 mm f/2.8 + tablet
  • Nikon D810 with 70–300 f/4.5–5.6 attached + 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5 + Flash + tablet
  • 1–3 GoPro bodies, LCD BacPac, remote, batteries, SD cards, various mounts and adaptors + tablet
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water–resistance, all exterior fabric has durable water–repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high quality YKK zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high–density nylon, 100D shadow Ripstop nylon, 210D velocity nylon, Ultra–Stretch fabric, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, and 3–ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D polyester lining, belly–o mesh pockets, closed–cell antilon foam, 3–ply bonded nylon thread
 
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Trail Backpack available for purchase.
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Post Date: 5/8/2015 9:01:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Our friends at MindShift Gear just released three new products for outdoor photographers.
 
Providing rapid access for filter changes, the Filter Nest Mini and the Filter Hive Mini offer protection and ease in compact cases. For those who do not need the capacity of larger filter cases, these offer a great option for keeping filters at the ready. The Filter Nest Mini fits four round filters (up to 82 mm) including a variable ND. The Filter Hive Mini fits four square/rectangular filters (up to 4 x 6 or 100 x 150 mm).
 
The new House of Cards lightweight memory card wallet offers convenient storage and protection for your memory cards. Offered in easy-to-locate Tahoe Blue color, photographers can quickly find and organize six CF and three SD cards. The built in business card holder makes for easy identification. Its orange colored elastic band offers silent access plus additional wallet security. The House of Cards’ removable tether clip allows it to be worn on the outside for quick access.
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Post Date: 1/7/2015 7:39:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 13, 2014
From MindShift Gear:
 
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Trail Bag
 
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Trail Backpack Provides Quick Access to Outdoor Exploration Necessities
 
This fall MindShift Gear will be making its award-winning rotation technology available in a smaller, lighter new backpack, the rotation180º Trail. Accessing gear has never been easier for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts. With the rotation180º Trail they can hike, mountain bike, ski, and birdwatch without breaking stride. No more removing a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, they can rotate the beltpack and grab their gear without taking their eyes off of wildlife or disrupting their creative momentum.
 
The intuitive functionality of the small yet spacious rotation180º Trail keeps the day's necessities organized and ready for quick access. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. This 2-in-1 bag's beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
 
“The rotation180º Trail ends the tiresome on-and-off again of other backpacks and lets enthusiasts enjoy the outdoors more,” said MindShift Gear CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “It is another example of our commitment to reinventing backpack access. It employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
 
Key Features
 
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, 8” tablet (iPad mini), binoculars, maps, guide book, energy bars, food, and more.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment fits any 1.5 liter reservoir or a 2 liter CamelBak reservoir
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch and more
  • Front stretch pocket provides flexible carrying options for quick access
  • Small tripod carries easily on the side panel
  • Top pocket for quick access to small items
  • Mesh stretch pocket fits a water bottle
  • Bike-light attachment
  • Beltpack compression straps
  • Lightweight materials
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Optional rain cover (sold separately) functions with rotation technology
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Travel Away Bag
 
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Travel Away Backpack Provides Global Travelers Added Security and Quickest Access to Gear
 
MindShift Gear, developer of the world’s first patented rotating backpack, announces it will be releasing the first rotating backpack for global travelers and outdoor explorers, the rotation180° Travel Away. When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes are very important. In one swift motion, only the wearer can rotate the concealed beltpack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers to remove a backpack to gain access to essential travel items.
 
Travelers will enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their critical and most valuable items are stowed away securely and are inaccessible to others due to the rotation180° Travel Away's innovative design. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, while the beltpack can fit an 8” tablet.
 
“As someone who spends a great deal of my life traveling around the globe, I know the joy of travel as well as its challenges,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “We designed the rotation180° Travel Away for the discerning traveler who wishes to keep their eyes on the wonders unfolding in front of them, safe in knowing that their essential gear is protected from prying eyes and ready for quick access with just a twist of the lower beltpack.
 
Murdoch added, “The rotation180° Travel Away employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
 
Key Features
 
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing travel essentials: 8” tablet (iPad mini), large point and shoot, maps, passport, currency, etc.
  • Backpack has dedicated pockets to conceal up to a 15” laptop and a 10” tablet.
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
  • Size qualifies as a personal carry-on item for air travel.
  • Side compression straps enable carrying of trekking poles, a small tripod, or jacket.
  • Locking sliders on the main compartment secures valuables with a travel lock (not included).
  • Backpack rear pocket provides quick access to a camera, AC adapters, large sunglasses, books or other large items.
  • Additional room for books, jacket, extra clothing, hat, gloves, food, etc.
  • Ultra-Stretch pocket for water bottle.
  • Durable materials hold up in harsh conditions.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap and attachment points.
  • Curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.
  • Optional seam-sealed rain cover functions with rotation technology (sold separately).
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Trail and rotation180° Travel Away bags available now.
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Post Date: 10/13/2014 10:36:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 3, 2014
From MindShift Gear:
 
MindShift Gear has just released the first dual-purpose round filter case for outdoor photography. The Filter Nest is two bags in one: a padded, zippered pouch protects delicate filters from dust and scratches in the field and a removable insert allows for compact packing.
 
The Filter Nest is belt-mountable and compatible with MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Panorama and rotation180° Professional backpacks for quickly accessing filters while setting up a shot. Plus, the grab-handle with SR buckle enables photographers to hang the Filter Nest from a tripod to suit workflow for rapid filter changes when speed counts.
 
MindShift Gear has the Filter Nest available for order.
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Post Date: 7/3/2014 6:46:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 28, 2014
Because they make awesome products for the adventure-minded photographer, MindShift Gear is the latest affiliate to be added to the site. We have a rotation180° Professional in-house for evaluation and we're pretty impressed by it.
 
MindShift Gear is the sister company to Think Tank Photo, so that we are impressed with their camera backpacks and accessories is really no surprise.
 
Kudos to MindShift Gear for winning a prestigious Red Dot Award for its rotation180° Panorama backpack.
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Post Date: 3/28/2014 10:09:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 5, 2014
From MindShift Gear:
 
MindShift Gear has released the lightest, most compact camera cover for outdoor photography, the UltraLight Camera Cover, available in three sizes. This “skin-style” camera pouch/cover is designed for outdoor, nature, and action photographers who wear a normal or pro DSLR camera with small to medium lens out on their chest, ready to shoot. Its adjustable shock-cord on lid allows the cover to fit multiple camera and lens combinations.
 
The UltraLight Camera Cover comes in three sizes:

  • UltraLight Camera Cover 10: Fits a small DSLR (Canon Rebel or Nikon 5200 series) with kit lens or short zoom (up to a 18-55mm f/3.5-f/5.6, 24-105mm f/4 or 24-85mm f/2.8-4)OR fits standard-size DSLR (Canon 5DMIII or Nikon D800 series) with prime lens or short zoom (up to a 85mm f/1.2, 24-105mm f/4 or 24-85mm f/2.8-4)
  • UltraLight Camera Cover 20: Fits a standard or pro DSLR (Canon 5D MIII/1DX or Nikon D700/D4) with attached standard zoom lens (up to 24-70mm f/2.8)
  • UltraLight Camera Cover 30: Fits a standard or pro DSLR (Canon 5D MIII/1DX or Nikon D700/D4) with attached large zoom lens (up to 70-200 f/2.8)

With the UltraLight Camera Cover photographers can use their camera neck strap for extra support in active adventures. Its orientation brings the camera closer to photographers’ center of gravity, allowing greater balance and stability during extreme action. It doesn’t block the view of their feet like a bulky camera case. It also fits under any backpack. It features a weather-resistant flap cover and lightly padded front, bottom and rear panels. It accommodates lenses facing out or facing down depending on the photographer’s carrying preference.
 
MATERIALS
 
For superior water-resistance, its all exterior fabric has a durable water resistant coating while the fabric’s underside is coated with polyurethane. It uses 100D rip-stop nylon, 210D velocity nylon, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
UltraLight DSLR Cover 10

  • Internal Dimensions: 6.7” W x 5.1” H x 6.3” D (17 x 13 x 16 cm)
  • Compressed Dimensions: 4.3” x 6.1” x 1.8” (11 x 15.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Weight: 5 oz (141 g)

UltraLight DSLR Cover 20

  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 7.5” H x 7.5” D (18 x 19 x 19 cm)
  • Compressed Dimensions: 6.3” W x 6.7” H x 1.6” D (16 x 17 x 4 cm)
  • Weight: 6 oz (172 g)

UltraLight DSLR Cover 30

  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 11.4” H x 8.7” D (18 x 29 x 22 cm)
  • Compressed Dimensions: 5.9” W x 8.7” H x 1.8” D (15 x 22 x 4.5 cm)
  • Weight: 6.8 oz (192 g)

MindShift Gear has the UltraLight Camera Covers available for order.

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Post Date: 3/5/2014 7:15:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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