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Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray)

B&H # THRS20G Mfr # 758
You Pay: $174.75
Product Highlights
  • For 1 Pro DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8
  • For 1 Pro DSLR Body, 2-4 Lenses
  • Sound Silencers Eliminate Opening Noises
  • Main Flap Covers Bag / Hides Gear
  • 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

The pinestone gray Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag from Think Tank is a small, discreet and simple bag designed for the photographer who carries a system such as one pro DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom attached to the camera. Or, it can hold a pro DSLR in the front pocket and 2-4 lenses in the main compartment. 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 eliminate 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 note pad, mic, or small pack of tissues. Two collapsible nylon pockets are inside and are designed to hold a flash or other similar sized accessory.

Outside, an expandable pocket is large enough for a regular size DSLR body. The back of bag has a wide storage pocket that is made to hold collateral material like paperwork, maps or a note pad. 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, you have a business card holder.

The carry handle is removable and the shoulder strap contains some 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 manufacturer's defects.

The exterior of each Retrospective shoulder bag is purposefully simple, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment
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 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 can be used to carry a regular size DSLR body
A wide storage pocket is located on the back of the Retrospective. 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 can be used to carry some small Modular, Skin or Multimedia pouches on the side of the bag. Alternatively, a carabiner (not included) can be used to quickly clip accessories to the sides of the bag as well
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
Compatibility
One pro DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached in the main compartment
One pro DSLR in the front pocket and 2-4 lenses in the main compartment
Carry-On Form Factor
FAA and airline carry-on specifications are subject to change without notice, please check with your airline before designating this case as a carry-on item. Most airlines require carry-on items to have an external linear measurement that is equal to or less than 45.0" (114.3 cm). The external dimensions of this case add up to 32.5" (82.6 cm)
Material Sand-washed cotton canvas
Type of Closure Hook & Loop
Exterior Dimensions 13.0 x 12.5 x 7.0" (33.0 x 31.8 x 17.8 cm)
Interior Dimensions 12.0 x 11.75 x 6.0" (30.5 x 29.8 x 15.2 cm)
Bag softness and flexibility allows expansion to carry a pro size DSLR with lens attached, facing down
Tripod Holder No
Carrying/Transport Options Canvas strap
Removable carry handle
Accepts optional Modular, Skin or Multimedia pouches
Weight 3.2 lb (1.5 kg)
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Rain Cover
  • Lifetime Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects
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    Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray)
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable strap (8)
    • Durable (8)
    • Compact (7)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Good protection (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily transport (7)
      • Travel (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      5.0

      More convenient than a backpack

      By Jay

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish
      • Wearable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage
        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

        This is a great shoulder bag for easy access. Previously I had always used backpacks but found it annoying to always be turning the backpack around and/or setting it down to get to my camera.

        One of the biggest things that sold me on this bag is that it will hold a mounted 70-200 vertically. This makes for easy access.

        One thing that I wanted to know when buying this bag was how much stuff would it hold? I found a few videos on YouTube that were helpful. For myself, I find that it holds a mounted 70-200 nicely in the center divider. I have a 16-35 on one side of the divider with maybe room for a smaller prime lens on the same side. The other side of the divider holds a 430ex II and two PocketWizard Flex tt5s. Also have some miscellaneous items in the smaller internal zip pocket. All this makes for a snug but comfortable fit. I could fit more in the side pockets, the rear laptop pocket, and the expandable front flap pocket, but it would start to get bulky.

        I also love the style of this bag. I was so tired of the plasticy camera bags. This is much nicer looking and organic feeling.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great bag

        By Pat

        from NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Easy to Setup
        • Easy to Use
        • Well built quality

        Cons

        • Tight Fit

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

        Very nice bag. Very easy to get things in and out of, especially if you have the velcro set to 'silent' (which is an awesome feature). It's a little tight with my Sigma 70-200mm on the side instead of connected to the camera, but it's a pretty roomy bag.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        It's a great bag

        By Horace

        from Milton, Ontario, Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

              It is stylish unassuming comfortable and holds every thing that you will need including a 70-200 connected to the camera body for easy retrieval.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Useful accessory

              By George

              from Paterson, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Strap
              • Compact
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Transport

                Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                Great bag for event photography. Provides easy access to equipment used on a regular basis

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great Looking Camera Bag

                By mikethephotoguy

                from Costa Mesa,CA.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Strap
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Protection

                Cons

                • Not Enough Pocket Room

                Best Uses

                • Daily Transport
                • Storage
                • Travel

                Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                I like it for the convenience, the look, the ruggedness.
                I bought one for my son, as well.
                The Velcro for the cover flap is not easy to open. Enen with knowing that it shouldn't be easy to open, I wonder if there is a better flap closure?

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                • No

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                4.0

                Excellent quality bag. Well thought out

                By BarnacleBill

                from Vancouver, Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Strap
                • Durable
                • Good Protection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Transport

                  Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                  Super quality bag and one that doesn't scream that it is full of expensive equipment. Easy to carry for hours and well laid out interior. The only reasonably sized bag for day shoots that I could find that will hold a pro body with attached 70-200 lens. Highly recommended!

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect bag for some situations

                  By SLODave

                  from San Luis Obispo, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Strap
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy Equipment Access
                  • Great Looking
                  • Holds Large Pro Lenses
                  • Holds Tall Pro Cameras
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rain Resistant
                  • Soft And Comfortable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily shooting
                    • Event Assignments
                    • News Assignments
                    • On location shooting

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                    Most serious photographers I know have many different camera bags, either because they're searching in vain for the perfect bag for every use, or there is no such thing, and realized that there is a need for different type bags for different situations. Either way, you do end up with many bags.

                    The Think Tank Retrospective 20 will be one of your favorite bags if you realize in advance what this type bag will--and won't--do. A bag like this is for serious photographers to work out of on assignment, at an event, away from their studio or car and with a medium amount of equipment. It isn't a bag to take a huge load of equipment through airports, on planes, or even in your car. It's not secure enough or padded enough for that. This bag has just the right amount of protection and easy access to make shooting from it a pleasure. It's really easy to quickly and quietly get equipment in and out of the bag without ever setting it down, and that's what's important for a shooting bag.

                    The Retrospective 20 is one of the most comfortable and good looking bags I've ever used. It will hold a lot, and, because of its generous dimensions, it will hold a pro-level dslr with a 70-200 f2.8 on it, along with another body and three or four more lenses. It's soft and conforms to your body like an old friend. The shoulder strap is one of the most comfortable I've ever used even after hours of use. (Because it's so roomy, there is a tendency to take along more than you need, and then it gets heavy.)

                    Like most Think Tank bags, the quality is top notch with study but refined metal hardware, top-quality cloth and dividers, and lots of well-thought out details.

                    I bought the bag in Pearstone Green (more grey than green) and I love this color and texture. It's casual looking and looks great because I usually shoot in jeans or khakis. (If you shoot more formal events in a tux or black suit, I would get it in black.)

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    The wonder Bag

                    By Zarr

                    from Florida

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Strap
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Good Protection
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Bottom Protection

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Transport
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                    Travel in and out of the country

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Very Good, sturdy, stealthy, very useful

                    By Zarr

                    from Florida

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Strap
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Good Protection
                    • Handy Lots Of Room
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Needs More Protection

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Transport
                    • Storage
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                    Traveling domestic & out of the country.

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                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A very good, but not a great bag

                    By Dave G

                    from Bokeh Raton

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Strap
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                    • Some Annoying Parts

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Transport
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                    I'll skip the two most common complaints that everyone has about every bag: #1-It doesn't hold as much as you need and #2-It's heavy when fully loaded. My advice is to really cut down on what you carry, or get something with wheels.

                    I'll get the postives out of the way, because everyone knows the bag is well made, sturdy, somewhat stealthy and simple. I'll focus on the things that keep it from being perfect (and sorry if they seem petty):

                    1) On the inside of the bag, on either side, there are two narrow cloth pockets with a velcro flap over them. A large lens with a reversed hood will get snagged on either the pocket itself or the flap covering it. It's a real pain to pull a 70-200 out of either side, especially because of the second item...

                    2) There are two overlapping canvas flaps at the top on both sides that apparently keep rain from getting into the main compartment. They stay in the way when pulling stuff out of the side and partially block the space when putting stuff back. It's annoying.

                    3) The large flap must be held up with your free hand, or flipped all the way over and tucked between your body and the bag. A shorter flap and one that opens away from the body would be better. Either that or one that opens in the center like a doctor's bag (or the Crumpler Bronzed Extravaganza). Different style, I know, but working out of this bag gets tedious with the giant flap.

                    Don't mean to be too hard on Think Tank for these things. I still use the bag because it fits exactly what I use: D7000 with battery grip removed (I just carry the spare battery), Nikon 70-200 VRII, Nikon 17-55 2.8, SB-700 speedlite, Blackrapid rig, some filters and that's about it.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Bag for the Long Zooms

                    By NavyPH

                    from Missouri

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Strap
                    • Compact
                    • Doesn't scream camera bag
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Transport

                      Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                      I've been using a TT Urban Disguise 60 for over a year, and while it's great for transporting the kitchen sink, it got to be too painful to carry for any length of time and actually shoot out of it. I wanted a bag to specifically carry a gripped D800, a 24-70 2.8, a 70-200 2.8, and an SB-900 with an SU-800. This pretty much fills the main compartment and I can swap out the flash with a prime. The secondary compartment is empty except for the supplied rain cover so I've got some reserve capacity, but the idea again was not to be too heavy. With a few other small items it weighs in at just over 14 pounds, not light, but much better than than the UD60.

                      What I really appreciate is the small touches. The quality and stitching is impeccable, but at first glance from a distance it looks like something you would pick up at an Army surplus store. The shoulder pad doesn't tend to float around and is comfortable and the velcro silencers are a nice touch. In the end it's just a shoulder bag, but a darn good one.

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