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Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)

B&H # THRS30BS Mfr # 768
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You Pay: $194.75
Product Highlights
  • For 1 Pro DSLR/70-200mm f/2.8 Sideways
  • For 1 Pro DSLR Body, 2-4 Lenses
  • Two Expandable Front Pockets for DSLRs
  • Sound Silencers Eliminate Opening Noises
  • Main Flap Covers Bag / Hides Gear
  • Inside Organizer Pocket for Accessories
  • Customizable Interior Dividers
  • Rear Storage Paper Pocket/Side Pockets
  • Rain Cover
  • Web Loops Accept Optional Pouches

The blue slate Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag from Think Tank is a 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. And, with its wider size, the camera and lens combo can be stored sideways within the bag. Or, it can hold two pro DSLRs in its two front expandable pockets and 2-4 lenses in the main compartment. The difference between the Retrospective 30 and the smaller 10 and 20 models of the same bag are the 30's two front expandable pockets. The smaller versions only have one. However, the interior dividers are still 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.

As mentioned, outside, two expandable pockets are large enough for two pro size DSLR bodies. 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
Two front expandable pockets can be used to carry two pro size DSLR bodies
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 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 held sideways
Two pro DSLRs in the dual front pockets 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 33.5" (85.1 cm)
Material Exterior: Treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) while fabric underside is coated with PU (polyurethane) for superior water resistance, sand-washed 100% cotton canvas, 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 16.0 x 10.5 x 7.0" (40.6 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm)
Interior Dimensions 15.0 x 9.5 x 6.0" (38.1 x 24.1 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 30 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Rain Cover
  • Lifetime Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects
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    Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray)
     
    4.6

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (21)
    • Comfortable strap (14)
    • Good protection (11)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Easy to use (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily transport (12)
      • Travel (12)
      • Weddings (6)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (22)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good looking Tardisesque bag

      Great looking bag that is tantalizingly close to perfection.

      It holds more than you think it possibly could while still managing not to look like a dorky photographers bag. Read complete review

      Great looking bag that is tantalizingly close to perfection.

      It holds more than you think it possibly could while still managing not to look like a dorky photographers bag.

      I've used it on two day trips/events and yesterday took the following to a Bar Mitzvah in it: Canon pro body, 70-200, 24-70, 16-35 (all bulky 2.8s), three flashes, three pocket wizards, cables and other misc junk. The secret is the front pockets that take up no room when not in use but can swallow two flashes or a lens each when you want them to.

      A very comfortable non-slip strap is provided and the bag itself has a Goldilocks-like not-to-floppy yet not-uncomfortably-rigid feeling while being worn even when well laden.

      Negatives: Like all 'good' bags it's not cheap.

      In terms of space management, The dividers could be better. It will take a pro body with L series lens attached (up to 70-200) vertically in the center which is what I do, but this also 'wastes' a lot of space around the lens. I'm sure I'll figure a solution for this that will allow me to use that space around the lens (with the body at the top end) for wallets, keys, cards, cables or other small items. Also at each end, a pair of 2.8 lenses don't fit side by side, but you can stack them on their sides longitudinally (one above the other) quite efficiently. Yet, to make this work you really only want velcro only on one end of the wee dividers between the lenses so it hinges up like a flap for easy access to the bottom lens. Easy enough to do yourself, but again, with a little more thought Think Tank could have done this for us.

      A minor whinge that applies to almost all bags is the provision of a few more more thin, semi-transparent or mesh 'pockets' of all sizes for more media cards, notebooks, cleaning cloths and other bits and pieces. This bag has quite a few useful pockets but you can never have enough storage nooks and crannies in a camera bag.

      I've not tried putting a skinny laptop in the long pocket at the back of the bag but my wee MacBook Air should would easily fit although perhaps at the sacrifice of some comfort while wearing the bag against your side.

      I have a few bags for different purposes and each is 'quite' close to perfection but annoyingly not quite so. Yet with a little more thought, the Mark 2 version of this, if it ever appears, could be the perfect day or weekend getaway bag. Its a shame that 'perfect' photo bags are so elusive given that all we want to do is cart around photo gear...

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      attracts attention, scares birds away

      I got this bag thinking it is nicely discreet which it is from the outside.
      Once I started putting my 5DIII et the L zooms inside, I realized that it was not...Read complete review

      I got this bag thinking it is nicely discreet which it is from the outside.
      Once I started putting my 5DIII et the L zooms inside, I realized that it was not up to my demands a space goes or protection. Then there was this particular thing that I have not seen anybody mention: The lid is held on with mighty Velcro. It makes an horrible noise in a silent church or a chamber concert.
      It scares off the birds in the woods.
      So I went back to using my ThinkTank SpeedFreak which is an excellent camera bag. The ThinkTank build quality is very high, the materials are rugged and the design is (most of the time) as if a photographer would have been involved.
      Well, the Retro30 is not a camera bag for me but I use it for my everyday affairs.

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      5.0

      Perfect fit for all my needs!

      By JT75

      from Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Urban

        Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

        Having had many different bags over the years I wish I would have found this one first! Was looking for a camera bag that didn't look like a camera bag and this is just the thing. You have no idea that it is a camera bag as the only giveaway is the logo on the back side of the bag on a small leather patch, not really visible. I can fit my DLSR rig with extra lenses and flash, as well as accessories when shooting digital. When shooting large format film this thing holds 4x5 film holders perfect with room for camera and other accessories. The material is top quality and very rugged and the shoulder strap has a very well padded cover to take the pressure off your shoulder when the bag is weighted down.Only downside is that there are no straps to affix a tripod to but this is a very minor downside. Don't want to look like you are carrying expense camera gear while cruising through the city, want to carry a lot of stuff, get this bag!!!

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        2.0

        attracts attention, scares birds away

        By martti_s

        from Reunion Island

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Buid Quality

        Cons

        • Noisy
        • No Protection For Gear

        Best Uses

        • A Job Bag
        • Computerdocument Bag

        Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

        I got this bag thinking it is nicely discreet which it is from the outside.
        Once I started putting my 5DIII et the L zooms inside, I realized that it was not up to my demands a space goes or protection. Then there was this particular thing that I have not seen anybody mention: The lid is held on with mighty Velcro. It makes an horrible noise in a silent church or a chamber concert.
        It scares off the birds in the woods.
        So I went back to using my ThinkTank SpeedFreak which is an excellent camera bag. The ThinkTank build quality is very high, the materials are rugged and the design is (most of the time) as if a photographer would have been involved.
        Well, the Retro30 is not a camera bag for me but I use it for my everyday affairs.

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        4.0

        Photographer in Disguise

        By bagaddict

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

          I know there are many who are trying to decide between this bag and the Domke F-2. I had been using the latter and after much deliberation made the switch to the Retrospective. I'll base my review on the comparison between the two (I should also note that I tend to baby my gear so that was also factored into my decision.)

          Comfort: tie...both bags are very comfortable in their own right. R30 has a nicely padded strap, but the simple, non-slip strap of the F-2 is also surprisingly comfortable, despite its simple design.

          Capacity: R30...I like being able to have a lens attached to the body, ready to shoot. To maximize the space in the F-2 requires the lenses detached from the body. I did purchase the Domke DSLR insert to give the bag more modern internals, but that's an added cost. (love the insert, by the way) There's more room/flexiblity inside the R30.

          Protection: R30...the R30 provides more padding, which I like...but not so much that it adds to the bulk of the bag. I feel like the bag can take some nice bangs and the gear will not feel it. I always felt my camera body (before using the DSLR insert) was vulnerable to impacts inside the F-2. This is personal preference, but I never was a big fan of the metail clips on the F-2...if not careful, they can bang against lenses when opening/closing the bag, which made me paranoid of scratches...prefer the velcro of the R30.

          Construction: tie...both bags are made with tough, durable canvas that will withstand the wear of time. Maybe slight edge to F-2 for maintenance--have machine washed the F-2 a couple of times and no impact to shape or function, not sure I'd be willing to throw the R30 in the washer.

          Useability: R30...it's close, but I give the edge to the R30 because of the option to silence the velcro for occasions where you need to access your lenses/gear while shooting and want to be quiet. I feel the flap on the R30 is more rigid as well so it just opens and closes more easily...both are shoulder bags, so ergonomics wise, they're comparable. I find the side pouches on the F-2 handy for things like lens shades and the F-2 sits on the ground more readily without fear of tipping over.

          Conclusion: what ultimately tipped the scale in favor of the R30 for me was how the bag looks like an old schoolbag...with the spate of thefts targeting photographers and photojournalists in the San Francisco bay area, I want to look as inconspicuous as possible. Functionally, I probably could have been happy with the F-2, but it still looks like a camera bag and draw attention as such. I use this bag primarily for travel or to places where safety is a concern. My shooter's bag of choice is the TT Speed Freak, which offers excellent ergonomics, protection, and access...though it's the opposite of inconspicuous.

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          3.0

          Too Big

          By Rafa R

          from Guadalajara Mex

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

            Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

            Design is Great, very nicely crafted and just about everything about is great, the problem I found is that is very hard to understand its size when you are buying through the internet, since all Retrospective bags designs are the same , is very difficult to understand its size. This will hold everything it says but its too big to carry around as a normal bag, it simply is huge, I should have gotten the Retrospective 7 instead. Try and see video reviews and all the info you can get your hands on before buying, pictures are very deceiving.

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            4.0

            Great Construction

            By PhotosbyAJohnson

            from Newark, DE

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Size

            Cons

            • Not Enough Features

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

            I would like to give this bag 5 stars because it is well built bag and very practical. But I feel it is a little limited on features. The inside dividers are not as versitle as I would prefer. They do not have velcro for cross dividers. Also I always prefer to have secure memory card pockets (velcro closure), but otherwise it is a great bag with some nice features.

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            5.0

            There is room for everything

            By Dave B.

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

              When I'm on the go, I like to have everything at my side just incase I need it. This bag does the job! I can fit everything I want to, with room for more. The best think about this bag is it's style. It doesn't look like I'm carrying expensive equipment down the street. The optional velcro is great. I can choose not to make a whole lot of noise in the appropriate environment. The bag is very well made. This was a great investment that will last for many years.

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              5.0

              Perfect low-key shooter's bag

              By J Dub

              from Greenville, SC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Incognito
              • Lightweight
              • Low-key

              Cons

              • Price

              Best Uses

              • Carrying Camera Gear

              Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

              I was looking for a bag that could carry gear, but specifically one that could accommodate a couple of lenses as well as my D600 attached to the 70-200. Though it's a little tight w/ the 70-200 f2.8 attached, the 70-200 f4 attached fits perfectly. (Currently evaluating the two) Overall, the bag is a perfect fit for my needs.

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              5.0

              It's all I hoped it would be!

              By Billkris

              from Paisley Ontario Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Fit And Finish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                This thing is big and that's what I like. There's always room for one more thing. I've plenty of room for my Nex6 with a couple of lenses, an HD camcorder, an SD camcorder -- I carry it because it has a insanely long optical zoom, and still have room my DSLR with zoom attached. Granted, it gets heavy but that's my choice.

                The fit and finish is superb an the shoulder strap extends to about 63" -- wonderful.

                I haven't had this bag long enough to comment much on durability, but the finish and lack of hanging threads make me confident it would last.

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                5.0

                great bag

                By victric

                from NYC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Strap
                • Durable
                • Good Protection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Transport

                  Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                  I like everything about this bag. The size is neither too big or too small. Great for a 2 body 2 lens 2 flash setup. The rain cover is useful too. Only thing is, the color is a bit greener than I thought. Wish it could've been just grey.

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                  5.0

                  Looks Small, Fits Everything!

                  By Dave B

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Strap
                  • Compact
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Transport
                    • Storage
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                    I use this bag to carry my Nikon D800 with battery grip, 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm F2.8, sb910 and sb700 flashs, and portable hard drives. I could fit a few more smaller lenses and even two more full size bodies in this bag if i wanted to. Of course, it becomes very heavy with all of this in it, but it is ideal for an event where you may need to change lenses frequently. the optional velcro is convenient when you don't want to make noise. The bag looks small, but when i need to, i can fit everything in it.

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                    5.0

                    Retrospective 30 shoulder bag

                    By Nathank Kim

                    from Washington DC

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Strap
                    • Durable
                    • Good Protection

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Transport

                      Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                      I bought this bag as an alternative of my domke series. I have been using domke J-1, f-2, f-4.
                      Actually, I like those. But, I just felt that I need a fresh air!
                      So, I looked around a new one for me. And, I got this one.

                      Basically, it has a good feature.
                      Looks nice, and fits well.

                      Especially, the division is very well made.

                      Recommandable!

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                      5.0

                      Great Shoulder bag highly recommend

                      By scottmclaughlinphotography

                      from Aston, PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Strap
                      • Durable
                      • Good Protection

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Transport
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                        When i first starting looking for a new camera bag I read the different reviews. Like a lot of people that settled on the Retrospective bags from Think Tank I was looking for a bag that did not per say look like a camera bag. I was also looking for a bag that was built with quality materials and craftsmanship. I think Think Tank made a great bag with the Retrospective 30, this bag has a great design and I am able to hold all my gear with a lot of room to grow. Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm AttachedSigma 70-300 with hood reversedCanon 50mm 1.4 with hood reversedCanon 580EXII Canon Battery packs (3)Xrite ColorChecker PassportMemory Cards (SDXC and Compact Flash)This bag also holds my iPad (if the case is removed)This is just some of the stuff I have in this bag and there is still a lot of room to grow and I think this bag will last for years to come.

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                        5.0

                        LOVE this bag

                        By christie

                        from perry hall, md

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Strap
                        • Durable
                        • Good Protection

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Transport
                          • Storage
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                          I recently got this bag for my Nikon D700 and a 50mm 1.4 lens with the intention of having extra space for another lens or two down the road. this bag is made extremely well and feels very secure. I LOVE that i can essentially make the front velcro closure appear and disappear causing it to be silent if i want to be in a situation where i open my bag quietly. The material is awesome and i love that it doesn't have a "typical camera bag" look about it and feels pretty "rustic". I was trying to decide between the Domke F-2 and was having a hard time and went to a local shop to check them out, and this bag just felt better constructed and more protective than the Domke. SUPER happy with this purchase and wouldn't hesitate to purchase another thinktank in the future.

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                          5.0

                          Just what I needed!

                          By Landscape Photographer

                          from Everett, WA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Strap
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Transport

                            Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                            I use this bag for short day trips. It has tons of room, I keep it loaded with everything I could possibly need. It is easy to work out of, which is the main reason I got it. I love the silent velcro. Even without the velcro on, the gear feels secure but is easy to access. The strap is very comfortable and easy to adjust. Build quality is excellent, it should last a lifetime. For me, the quality and functionality is the most important thing, but it is also a great looking bag. If I am not hiking in to a location, this is the bag I use. For hiking I use a Tamrac Evolution 8, which I am also very happy with.

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                            5.0

                            By far the best bag I've ever owned!

                            By Chad

                            from Dallas Texas

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Transport
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                              I've owned numerous brands/types of camera bags and this is by far my favorite. It is large enough to hold all necessary items but not so large that it becomes cumbersome. This is my first ThinkTank product and I'm so pleased with the build quality that I plan on selling my current rolling case and replacing it with a ThinkTank equivalent case. I love all the detail and care put into the design of this bag. The shoulder strap is very well built and padded for comfort. It comes with a rain cover, heavy duty zippers, and neat features such as the ability to silence the velcro on the main cover. I absolutely love this bag!

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                              4.0

                              Good looking Tardisesque bag

                              By Kiwibonds

                              from Long Island, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable Strap
                              • Good looking
                              • Good Protection
                              • Lightweight
                              • Roomy

                              Cons

                              • Cost
                              • Dividers Could Be Better

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Transport
                              • Day Trips
                              • Events

                              Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                              Great looking bag that is tantalizingly close to perfection.

                              It holds more than you think it possibly could while still managing not to look like a dorky photographers bag.

                              I've used it on two day trips/events and yesterday took the following to a Bar Mitzvah in it: Canon pro body, 70-200, 24-70, 16-35 (all bulky 2.8s), three flashes, three pocket wizards, cables and other misc junk. The secret is the front pockets that take up no room when not in use but can swallow two flashes or a lens each when you want them to.

                              A very comfortable non-slip strap is provided and the bag itself has a Goldilocks-like not-to-floppy yet not-uncomfortably-rigid feeling while being worn even when well laden.

                              Negatives: Like all 'good' bags it's not cheap.

                              In terms of space management, The dividers could be better. It will take a pro body with L series lens attached (up to 70-200) vertically in the center which is what I do, but this also 'wastes' a lot of space around the lens. I'm sure I'll figure a solution for this that will allow me to use that space around the lens (with the body at the top end) for wallets, keys, cards, cables or other small items. Also at each end, a pair of 2.8 lenses don't fit side by side, but you can stack them on their sides longitudinally (one above the other) quite efficiently. Yet, to make this work you really only want velcro only on one end of the wee dividers between the lenses so it hinges up like a flap for easy access to the bottom lens. Easy enough to do yourself, but again, with a little more thought Think Tank could have done this for us.

                              A minor whinge that applies to almost all bags is the provision of a few more more thin, semi-transparent or mesh 'pockets' of all sizes for more media cards, notebooks, cleaning cloths and other bits and pieces. This bag has quite a few useful pockets but you can never have enough storage nooks and crannies in a camera bag.

                              I've not tried putting a skinny laptop in the long pocket at the back of the bag but my wee MacBook Air should would easily fit although perhaps at the sacrifice of some comfort while wearing the bag against your side.

                              I have a few bags for different purposes and each is 'quite' close to perfection but annoyingly not quite so. Yet with a little more thought, the Mark 2 version of this, if it ever appears, could be the perfect day or weekend getaway bag. Its a shame that 'perfect' photo bags are so elusive given that all we want to do is cart around photo gear...

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                              5.0

                              As Good As It Gets

                              By Sherman

                              from The Good Life

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Daily Transport

                                Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                The title says it all. I am completely in love with this bag. It does everything I need it to and then some. Highly recommended.

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                                4.0

                                Comfortable, well made, little padding

                                By SLO Colin

                                from SLO, CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Comfortable Strap
                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                • Not Enough Pocket Room

                                Best Uses

                                • Location bag

                                Comments about Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                I use this bag as my location bag for wedding and portrait sessions. It holds just about everything: 2 bodies, 50L, 16-35, 100 Macro, 2 flashes, multiple pocket wizards, batteries, gels, filters and other stuff. It's very well made, comfortable, and minimal in size thanks to the lack of protective padding. I like this as it keeps the bulk down but it's not something I'd want to bring on an airplane. Also, it's not really large enough to fit my 70-200 along with everything else.

                                My other complaint is there should be a clear zipper pouch or pouches sewn on the inside of the cover for cables, batteries, gels and filters. As is, the place for those is well made but when the bag is loaded and on your shoulder the weight pulls the sides in making that spot hard to access. It's also very messy as all my cords and batteries pretty much get crammed in one pouch. Fix that and I'd give it 5 stars.

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                                5.0

                                Great Large Shoulder Bag!

                                By Scott from Canada! Eh!

                                from Canada

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive
                                • Comfortable Strap
                                • Durable
                                • Good Protection
                                • Large Capacity Good Size

                                Cons

                                • Fairly Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Weddings
                                • Working

                                Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                This is my first Think Tank bag, but it definitely wont be the last. The main points follow:

                                1. The build quality is great. The classic pinestone finish and the little touches like velcro silencers set this bag apart from similar items. I've used the bag for two weddings so far this year putting various strain on the pouches and pockets with no visible change to condition. I'm very happy with how rugged it feels and looks and how well it's been holding up so far. I only wish it was a little softer and more form fitting from the factory. I assume a fair bit more use will break it in.

                                2. The available storage space is impressive. I can fit 2 bodies (5d Mk2 & 40D), a 70-200 2.8 IS, 3 primes, 2 zooms, and two flashes in the bag with no problems. The bag comes with a small collection of additional dividers which help keep the lenses from smacking each other once inside. The only problem is I can now carry more gear than my shoulders permit for long periods of time. This isn't an issue during a wedding, and I appreciate being able to flip open the top flap and just toss the gear in without worrying about making it fit.

                                3. The other small pockets and carrying strap add valued functionality. With 2 large side pockets and 2 large front pockets, I'm able to carry or store a couple more camera bodies or flashes on the fly. With the small collection of pen holders, business card holder, and slim pockets for pads of paper, batteries, and a loop hook for a memory card holder (Pixel Rocket), you're able to hold a lot of stuff.

                                Overall, I'm very impressed with this bag. It's much larger than my Crumpler 6 MDH, and Domke F-5XC, but it serves it's purpose well. I would choose a smaller bag to walk around with, but for working and needing a lot on hand, it's great!

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic bag!

                                By Concert Photo Guy

                                from Oxford, Mississippi

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Daily Transport
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                  This is a great bag. I own several Think Tank bags, and all are well designed and quality. I wanted a mid-size bag for travel and shooting concerts. This bag holds my D4, D800, 70-200 f2.8, 85 f1.4. 35 f1.4 and 50 f1.4 lens. It has a rain cover and hold batteries and cards. I use Black Rapid straps, which can be bulky, but while all this is a tight fit, this bag holds it all. The bag does not look like a traditional camera bag, so you can walk around with your gear without being noticed as much as with other bags. The bag flap has Velcro, but the design lets you cover the Velcro for quiet opening and closing if silence is more important than having a securely closed bag. I liked it so much that I also bought the Retrospective 20 so I could choose between a tall or a wide bag depending on the shoot.

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