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Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

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    (11)

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    (0)

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    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (38)
  • Compact (34)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Comfortable strap (18)
  • Easy to use (17)

Cons

  • Too small (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (27)
  • Daily transport (13)
  • Storage (5)
  • Family photos (4)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (5), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

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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                                    4.0

                                    money well spent

                                    By Jam

                                    from New York

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                        I got this bag a month ago and I'm really happy with it. I can customize my compartments, water-proof cover included, plenty room for chargers, covers, SD cards, ..etc. The strap has rubber bars for a better grip on the shoulder.
                                        I tried to find something to complain about but this bag has everything that I might ever need.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great Bag

                                        By lherrerau

                                        from San Diego, CA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy to Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                          Practical and sturdy photo bag, understated looking great at the same time. Would have given 5 stars, but wish I'd selected a bigger one to accommodate more gear.

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                                          5.0

                                          First Rate

                                          By Jumar4

                                          from Annapolis, Maryland

                                          Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Black):

                                          This is a well thought out and constructed bag, with plenty of room for a mirrorless camera and a couple of small lenses

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                                          5.0

                                          quality

                                          By Alex

                                          from Oklahoma

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy to Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                            Think Tank puts out an excellent product, and well worth the money. The material is very classy, and blends in as a regular day bag, which is nice when shooting in heavily crowded areas where theft can be an issue. There are plenty of slots and pockets to organize your gear, and I have a feeling the bag is going to last a long time, based on the build of the product. My only complaint would be the size. The description mentioned one DSLR and 1-3 lenses. I have a 6d, with a 135, 50, and 17-40. If I attach the 135 to the body, I can barely squeeze all of my gear into the bag. In addition, if I include my flash into the front pocket, the bag becomes bulky and does not truly close. I would suggest this bag for anyone who travels and shoots during the day with one extra lens. If you have any idea as to what you will be shooting ahead of time, you can always leave some things at home.

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