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Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (48)
  • Compact (41)
  • Lightweight (26)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Comfortable strap (18)

Cons

  • Too small (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (34)
  • Daily transport (13)
  • Family photos (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Storage (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (29), Semi-pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (53)

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

Exceptional camera bag for two cameras, gear

By News Strategies

from Arlington, VA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Great Design
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

    Think Tank has thoughtfully designed its camera bags for usefulness. They've considered what photo enthusiasts need and have delivered.

    This bag is well-made, intelligently designed. I got it to replace my OnaBag "Prince Street" which is too boxy and not supported by ONA -- they could not replace a shoulder strap pad.

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    5.0

    awesome bag

    By miro

    from Toronto

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Gray with Brown Leather):

    Best mirrored camera bag

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    5.0

    My Third Think Tank Camera Bag.

    By Gene

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

      This is my third Think Tank Photo camera bag, which I purchased for a trip to a foreign country. I wanted a nondescript camera bag that would fit in an urban environment without being conspicuous. The only manufacturer label on the outside of the bag is placed on the back where it is concealed when I am wearing the bag. The bag's construction is typical of Think Tank Photo -- thoughtful design with high quality materials. When I was packing my Fuji X-E2s and lenses, I realized that the bag was too small to carry all of my Fujifilm lenses which forced me to be more selective in the lenses I planned to take. Currently, my Retrospective 5 contains: Fuji X-E2s with 18-55mm lens attached, Fujifilm 10-24mm lens, Fujifilm 55-200mm lens, Nissin i40 electronic flash with dome, Fuji RR-90 remote release, two extra Fujifilm batteries, Ruggard four-pocket filter pouch, microfiber cleaning cloth, and a Manfrotto Pixi Evo mini tripod slipped into an external pocket. It is a very compact kit which contains a focal length range of 10-200mm (15-300mm in 35mm equivalent), in an inconspicuous, high quality camera bag.

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      2.0

      Proportions didn't work for me

      By Smed

      from Kitchener, ON

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

      One mirrorless camera, two lenses and a small flash

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      • No

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      5.0

      The go anywhere bag

      By Philip J.

      from Humboldt, IA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Well Built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Vacation

        Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

        I wanted a smaller bag for vacation travel. After 30 years of DSLR photography I have added a Fujifilm mirrorless system. I chose for my kit 3 prime lenses along with the usual extras. The Retrospective 5 bag is perfect for my needs.It has loads of extra pockets. The dividers can be customized for camera and lenses. The build quality is superb, I have no question that it will last for years. Also it has an included rain cover that is a very nice addition. I have no reservations about recommending this bag

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great so far

        By Greg

        from Avon, CT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Looks Great

        Cons

        • Rain Hood Hard To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

          I've only had the Retrospective 5 for a while, but it seems perfect. It has room for a mirrorless body and a couple of other lenses, and plenty of space for batteries, cards, etc. The only minor quibble is that the rain hood is pretty much a joke, but I probably wouldn't have used it anyway. I took it out of the bag and reclaimed the space!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great little bag!!!- Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag

          By BUDDHA-DOG

          from NEW YORK CITY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Travel

          Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

          Great little bag when you just want to carry your camera and maybe one lens.
          Does not look like a camera bag, it's very light, has lots of pockets. I have this bag with me all the time.
          I also have Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag which is a bit bigger, the 7 is great when you're going to travel and want a few more lenses with you, and an i pad
          fits nicely in the back pocket!
          LOVE THIS BAG! Thank you Think Tank!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love this Bag!

          By Photo Dad

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Gray with Brown Leather):

            Finally, getting away from the traditional "camera bag" look. I love what Think Tank has done with bags in terms of style and functionality. I bought the Retrospective 5 and 7 for my mirrorless system and they are perfect. Great for walking around the city, traveling or even as my "grab & go" bag. The 5 has enough space for camera, several lenses, flash, and accessories. It is stylish - my wife doesn't tease me about looking like a tourist anymore.

            Thanks Think Tank for great looking, yet very functional bags.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great small bag

            By Toh

            from Tamarindo Costa Rica

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

              Best bag I ever had, tough, full of pockets...

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                • No

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                    • No

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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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                      • No

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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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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    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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