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Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Holds One DSLR,1-3 Lenses, Accessories
  • Holds Micro 4/3/Rangefinder / 3-6 Lenses
  • Interior Pocket for an up to 8" Tablet
  • Sound Silencers Eliminate Opening Noises
  • Inside Organizer Pocket for Accessories
  • Customizable Interior Dividers
  • Expandable Exterior Pocket for DSLR Body
  • Rear Storage Paper Pocket/Side Pockets
  • Rain Cover
  • Web Loops Accept Optional Pouches
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Color: Black

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You Pay: $144.75

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The black Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag from Think Tank is a small, discreet and simple bag designed for the photographer who carries a small system (e.g. one DSLR and 1-3 lenses). If you own a micro 4/3 system or a rangefinder, this is a bag worth considering. A zippered, inner pocket can accommodate an up to an 8" tablet. The interior dividers are customizable to accommodate the gear you carry on any given day.

The large front flap covers the entire bag and prevents anyone from seeing what's inside.The hook & loop closure is unique with its Sound Silencer system that eliminates the tearing sound normally encountered when you open a camera bag. This is especially valuable when you are shooting in quiet venues like courts, wedding services or chess matches.

The inside of the bag contains an organizer pocket that is perfect for a notepad, mic, or small pack of tissues. Two collapsible interior nylon pockets are designed to hold a flash or other similar sized accessory.

Outside, an expandable pocket is large enough for a regular sized DSLR body. The back of the bag has a wide storage pocket that is made to hold collateral material like paperwork, maps or notepads. Additional webbing loops are found outside to hold some small Modular, Skin or Multimedia pouches. Or, you can attach a carabiner to it for quick access items like keys. Two side pockets will hold small water bottles or even some small shoe-mount strobe lights. Under the main flap there is a business card holder.

The carry handle is removable and the shoulder strap contains non-slip material to keep the bag stable while moving. There's also a breathable cushioned pad along the strap to aid in positioning.

For complete protection, there's a neat rain cover that can be rapidly deployed when the weather turns sour. The cover has been configured to allow the handle and strap to extend but not interfere with the security of your gear. The Retrospective is backed by Think Tank's lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.

The exterior of each Retrospective shoulder bag is purposefully simple, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment
The Retrospective 5 fits a standard sized DSLR kit. A compact kit of prime or small zoom lenses fits easily with one lens attached to the camera body
The Retrospective 5 easily accommodates a Micro Four Thirds camera system with 3-6 lenses and accessories
The "Sound Silencers" underneath the main flap eliminate the loud tearing sound hook-and-loop makes while opening the bag. Simply release the Sound Silencer panels and cover the hook-and-loop strips to prevent the hook-and-loop from contacting
A clear business card pocket, for identification and spare cards, is located under the main flap
Hook-and-loop panels securely fastens the main flap down keeping valuable photo equipment hidden from view
An organizer pocket is located inside the main compartment. It gives photographers enough space for small, but significant, accessories necessary for a successful shoot
All of the dividers inside the bag are removable so the interior can be customized to any photographer's set of gear
Inside the main compartment are two collapsible nylon pockets (one on each side). These pockets are tall enough to fit most flash units or other accessories. A hook-and-loop strap can be used to secure the contents or it can be tucked into the pocket for quicker access
An expandable pocket on the front of the Retrospective 5 can be used to carry a regular sized DSLR body
A wide storage pocket is located on the back of the Retrospective 5. This pocket can be used to carry small maps, booklets or other paperwork
Removable carrying handle
A fully adjustable, canvas strap is integrated into the bag. For extra comfort, a breathable cushioned pad slides along the strap for optimum positioning. Sections of non-slip material on the pad helps keep the entire strap on your shoulder
Webbing loops on both sides of the Retrospective 5 can be used to carry small Modular, Skin or Multimedia pouches. Alternatively, a carabiner (not included) can be used to quickly clip accessories to the sides of the bag.
Side pockets on both sides can be used to carry smaller water bottles and will even fit some shoe-mounted strobe units
The included seam-sealed rain cover was specially designed to keep the carrying handle and integrated shoulder strap outside the rain cover without compromising protection from the elements
UPC: 874530007422
Material Exterior: Treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) while fabric underside is coated with PU (polyurethane) for superior water resistance, poly 1100D spun, antique nickel plated metal hardware, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Interior: Removable closed cell foam inserts with PE (polyethylene) board stiffener, 210D silver-toned nylon, PU backed velex, 2x PU coated nylon 210T taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Type of Closure Hook & Loop
Exterior Dimensions 10.0 x 8.5 x 6.0" / 25.4 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm
Interior Dimensions 9.5 x 7.8 x 4.5" / 24.1 x 19.8 x 11.4 cm
Tripod Holder No
Carrying/Transport Options Canvas strap
Removable carry handle
Accepts optional Modular, Skin or Multimedia pouches
Weight 2.3 lb / 1.0 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.7 x 9.9 x 7.6"
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Black)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Rain Cover
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)
     
    4.7

    (based on 50 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (42)
    • Compact (38)
    • Lightweight (23)
    • Easy to use (20)
    • Comfortable strap (18)

    Cons

    • Too small (4)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (28)
    • Daily transport (13)
    • Storage (5)
    • Family photos (4)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (24), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (5), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (46)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for what I need

    I was a little skeptical at first if this small bag would fit my SLR with wide angle attached and 2 other lenses but it worked out perfect. Although I might be defeating the...Read complete review

    I was a little skeptical at first if this small bag would fit my SLR with wide angle attached and 2 other lenses but it worked out perfect. Although I might be defeating the purpose with packing tight and not being able to use all of the handy storage areas, It carries what I only need for my trip and its not too bulky and looks casual! Everything I look for in a perfect camera bag. It all depends on what you use.

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    Just buy a Billingham...

    I bought this based on a recommendation from a few dicussion threads and blogs. I used this to carry a Leica M8 with one lens attached and a couple lenses with the SD24 flash...Read complete review

    I bought this based on a recommendation from a few dicussion threads and blogs. I used this to carry a Leica M8 with one lens attached and a couple lenses with the SD24 flash and a Polaris light meter.

    Needless to say, all of these barely fit in this bag.

    The shoulder strap is also waay to thick. The velcro silencer is next to useless..as you will just end up not closing your bag properly and have your expensive camera equipment fall into a concrete floor.

    So I bit the bullet and bought the Billingham Hadley Pro. If you are buying this bag because you think the Billingham is expensive, I'm telling you that it's worth it...don't do what I did where I ended up spending more.

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    5.0

    Perfect Small Bag for a mirrorless camera

    By Photographer from Colorado

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily use

      Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

      Needed a smaller bag for my mirrorless camera with enough room for extra batteries and a few accessories. It suits my needs perfectly. Light weight and well built.

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      5.0

      The Perfect Day Bag

      By CNonverbal

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

          Beautiful bag, study and well constructed. Hold my camera and three lenses, plus accessories. Comfortable, concise fit, and just about all I had hoped it would be. A pure #10.

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          5.0

          Good Camera Bag!

          By seamonkey

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

            Since I changed to a mirrorless system (Sony A7II), I haven't needed my larger Retrospective 10 as much. The Retro 5 is a great size for my Sony plus an extra lens or two (I use primes, so not so big.)

            Anyway, the quality is top notch, as always with ThinkTank products. It is just a smaller version of their other Retro bags.

            I'm very happy with it!

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            5.0

            Think Tank -Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag

            By ralph

            from New York City

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Black):

                LOVE-LOVE LOVE- This bag. It's just the right sizes for a mirror-less camera.
                It doesn't weigh at all. It doesn't scream what so ever- camera bag... It fits my Sony A6000, an extra lens if I want, and my kindle. It's a small bag perfect if you don't want to carry a great deal.

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                5.0

                GOOOD PRODUCT !!! LOVE THINK TANK !!

                By Fersal05

                from La Paz BCS Mexico.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                  fits perfectly my x-t1 with 23 or 53 and with the lenshood mounted since I left room for another lens. Also fits my Canon 5D3 art mounted with 35 or 85 sigma also mounted, if I leave the lenshood as well be a little tight but closes perfectly, I have additional space for batteries or accessories. Compact, lightweight and very durable. Great bag !!

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                  5.0

                  Fuji X-T1 and lenses. It's perfect!

                  By TomA

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Quality
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • None so far

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                  Love it. I have the X-T1 camera with a XF 35mm f1.4 lens attached in the center. A XF 14mm f2.8 and 23mm f1.4 on the left side, and a XF 56mm f1.2 and 60mm f2.8 macro on the right side. Perfect fit.

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                  4.0

                  Better in person

                  By Mom2arms

                  from SF Bay Area

                  Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                  This bag looks better in person than it does online. It is well made, organized nicely and is sturdy. My only complaint is that it isn't as comfortable to wear across my shoulder / body as I would have liked.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for m43's travel bag

                  By zensu

                  from Montgomery, AL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                    Many, many compartments for customizing how you store your gear. Great for a compact ILC with 3 or 4 lenses. It doesn't look like a conventional camera bag. Perfect for a travel bag.

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                    4.0

                    Pretty snug fit for a GH-3

                    By Robt

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Black):

                      This bag is extremely well built, lots of pockets, cubbies, dividers, and compartments. Comes with a rain cover too. I have no beef with the quality.
                      My only problem is that its roominess is not quite what the write-up led me to believe. I have a Lumix GH-3 micro 4/3, one zoom lens, a standard lens, and a typical flash unit. That's all that will fit in this bag. I maybe could get another short lens or perhaps macro tubes in there, but that's it. Granted the GH-3 is bigger than most M4/3s but still . . .

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for Fujifilm X-T1 and similar

                      By Joe

                      from Bartlett, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Black):

                          After purchasing the X-T1 a much smaller camera bag was needed. My ThinkTank Retrospective 20 was great with the big DSLR and large lenses so I considered the this one along with several others. There is a 7 and 10 that can hold a tablet that I also considered. So many choice and many are just as good but I stuck with a brand that worked well for me and a minimalist size. I carry the camera with kit 18-55mm attached, Additional lens and X100 or two lenes, flash, spare battery, memory card, cleaning cloth and some odds and ends. Perfect size for this kit and my use.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect for a Micro 4/3 System

                          By kaphinga

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Stylish

                          Cons

                          • Expensive

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                          I bought this bag to use with my Olympus OMD EM-10 on trip to Italy. In addition to the camera and kit lens, this bag holds my 40-150 lens, a 25mm 1.8, a 46mm 1.8, a wide angle converter, and my spare Panasonic LX-7 as well as a handful of accessories. I was concerned about the weight before I bought the bag, but I found that this bag is actually more comfortable to wear all day than some other, lighter bags.This bag is nice looking, solidly built, comfortable, and functional. I couldn't ask for anything more.

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                          5.0

                          Switched to Retrospective 7

                          By Blue Meanie

                          from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reasonably Lt Wt
                          • Well made

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                            The retrospective 5 was to small for my D600, 28-300mm and the 16-35 wide angle. The bag works just fine and hold s all my stuff, looks good and I very pleased

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                            4.0

                            Good bag

                            By Urban legend

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                I am using this bag to carry a fuji mirrorless body, a couple of extra lenses, batteries and sd cards. Styling is good, shoulder strap is comfortable. Only downside is that it isn't big enough to fit an ipad (Retrospective 7 can fit one, but it is quite a bit larger in all dimensions).

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                                4.0

                                A non camera camera bag

                                By Zoomer

                                from Long Island , NY

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Too Small Useless Pockets

                                Best Uses

                                • Carry Camera 1 Lens

                                Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                Very useful. When on vacation it does not look like you are carrying camera equipment. Bag is constructed very sturdily. I wish it was a little larger but not as large as the next size up in their line. I can put in a few filters a Canon 60D with a 24-105 lens attached. Holding the 16-35 lens with sun shade is a real squeeze. Also the pockets on the ouside ends are useless. As they are too small for even a small water bottle. Overall I like the bag a lot and would recommend the product to anyone who wants to look anonymous while carrying equipment.

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                                5.0

                                Expensive but worth it!

                                By Sir William

                                from Salt Lake City

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                  I also have the discontinued black version of this bag....

                                  This new version of the Retrospective 5 bag, in Pinestone Gray, is clearly several steps above the previous one I own. First the fabric is much thicker and more robust offering more protection. Second it just feels and looks much beefier and the quality of construction is clearly evident. I would describe it as almost bullet proof!

                                  I use this bag for street shooting and informal portraits with my Fuji X100S and a small TTL flash. I can carry everything I need to work with plus it has room to spare.

                                  Recommended!!

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                                  5.0

                                  The perfect bag for Sony NEX

                                  By NS Bob

                                  from Waverley, Nova Scotia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Durable Material
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Inconspicuous As A Camera

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                    Bought this bag to carry my Sony NEX-5N and NEX-7 with lenses and everything fits in perfectly. It is well built and NO zippers (all Velcro) which I like.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent bag for small systems

                                    By 1turner

                                    from West Virginia

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                                        I bought this to use with my Fuji XE-1, and it's proved to be ideal. I'm able to carry the camera with the 18-55mm lens attached and the 14mm and 55-200mm lenses separately. The zippered back pocket provides plenty of space for filters and other stuff. Like all Think Tank products, it's very well made and will probably last longer than I will. It's attractive but it doesn't look like a bag full of expensive camera gear. An excellent product.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great bag for my Fuji X-M1

                                        By Dan the budding photographer

                                        from Fairfield, CT

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Comfortable
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Stylish

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                                            This bag is great in many ways. Offers good protection of my gear, a modern yet undercover look, and it is very comfortable to carry around. Going on a trip to Europe this summer and plan to use this as my main bag while roaming the cities. Reason I gave it a 4 is because I wish they had magnets built in so that when you choose to use the silent option, the flap would still stay closed.

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                                            5.0

                                            ThinkTank brings happiness

                                            By Joe of JM Images

                                            from Grove City, PA

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Family Photos
                                              • Travel
                                              • Weddings/Events

                                              Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                              I own the Airport Takeoff Rolling Bag and nothing but perfection. 5 years strong and no issues. When I needed a new shoulder bag for my mirrorless system ThankTank was the bag I wanted. I bought the 5 and am thrilled with it. The only issue I have is that I should have ordered the next size up. This bag holds my Fuji w/lens, two other lenses and batteries, SD cards. Not much else. I am not unhappy with the bag, just unhappy that I bought the smaller bag. The construction of the bag is as good as their roller bags and with that I am pleased. I will use this bag for small walking jobs, but will purchase the next bag up for when i may need more gear.

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                                              5.0

                                              Beautifully made. A great bag.

                                              By George

                                              from Woodstock, NY

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact
                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                                  I love this bag. Think Tank has thoroughly thought out every aspect of its design and construction. It is beautifully made and each inch of space is wisely utilized. There are many pockets for batteries, extra lenses, cards and more. There is a rain cover for the bag included.

                                                  Access to your camera is just a few seconds away. I also love the fact that it does not look like a camera bag. There's no logo to draw attention to it.

                                                  This series of bags is truly great.

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