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Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray)
 
4.7

(based on 41 reviews)

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    (31)

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    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (34)
  • Compact (32)
  • Comfortable strap (18)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Good protection (16)

Cons

  • Too small (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (23)
  • Daily transport (13)
  • Storage (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Casual photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38)

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

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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      • No

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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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        • No

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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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            • No

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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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                        • No

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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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                                  • No

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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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                                      4.0

                                      Very good but not perfect

                                      By jr_los_angeles

                                      from Los Angeles, CA

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                            The good:

                                            The bag is well constructed from quality materials and it provides a high level of protection.

                                            Although it's the smallest in the Retrospective line, it has adequate room for a medium-sized camera and one or two extra lenses or a mini tripod. It could fit a larger DSLR if you don't carry additional lenses or if you use smaller primes. You can configure the internal panels to create more space or otherwise accommodate your stuff.

                                            It doesn't look like a camera bag. You don't feel like people see it and mark you as someone carrying camera gear.

                                            The bad:

                                            This bag is basically a shrunken-down version of the larger Retrospective bags. The problem is they preserved all of the features of the larger bags even though this bag is too small for these features to be useful. For example, the side pockets are so small and tightly constricted that you can barely fit anything into them. On the inside of the bag, they preserved the many layers of internal pockets even though this adds considerable bulk. You can't use all of the pockets because you would quickly run out of space. So you're left with several useless pockets because the overall size of the bag is too small to accommodate all of the pockets being used.

                                            They could have fixed this problem by ditching some of the pockets that make sense in a larger bag but just add useless clutter and needless weight in this smaller version. I think it's a lazy design attitude on their part, as they figured they could expand on the success of the larger Retrospective bags by just shrinking them down without thought to whether a smaller size merits a reconsideration of the design features.

                                            One last thing. The velcro used for the main flap closure is extremely grippy. I finally covered it with the silencer flaps because I was tired of it snaring my clothing and any other fabric within range (such as nylon camera straps). It even attached itself to a bed sheet and pulled several threads on the sheet when I removed it. The silencer flaps let you cover the Velcro, which is good, but then you're left without a way to securely close the main flap. Less aggressive Velcro or an additional closure option (a button or strap) would be an improvement.

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                                            4.0

                                            Great Small Bag

                                            By Chris in CT

                                            from Stratford, CT

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                                I use this with my Nikon D5200 and a lens or two. There is room for one lens, plus the one on the camera. I also fit a flash in there, no problem, along with a plethora of memory cars, chargers and other paraphernalia. It's easy to organize and customize with the included moveable and removable dividers.

                                                The thing I like BEST about this bag, however, is the way it looks. No one ever thinks it is a camera bag. It just looks like a man-bag or messenger bag. No one would assume there is a substantial amount of camera kit in this bag. It's stylish, understated and practical.

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                                                5.0

                                                Exactly what I was looking for

                                                By Adam

                                                from USAF, Germany

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Easy to Use

                                                Cons

                                                • Can Be Bulky Fully Loaded

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Awesome All-around Bag
                                                • Travel

                                                Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                                Well thought out design, useful pockets everywhere. Perfect for all-day carry of my Nikon D7100 and 18-105 lens. Comfortable and built to last. My only complaint is that I can't fit my Ipad.

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                                                5.0

                                                I highly recommend! Bang for the buck!

                                                By Da Kine is Fo' Real

                                                from Okinawa, Japan

                                                About Me Photography Student

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Compact
                                                • Durable
                                                • Easy to Use
                                                • Good Audio Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                                    I purchased this product as a gift for a comrade, co-worker who has recently taken an interest in micro-third format photography. He recently purchased a Sony NEX 6 with several lens collected over time. The bag was perfect the arsenal of lens and body with plenty of room for other accessories. He has nothing but good things to say about the durability, versatility and casual appearance of the bag with strong feature. The stitching is superb and better than any bag used to this day! Strap also has added comfort and padding. The only concern was the weight which seems a little heavier than appearance which is trivial when you consider the assurance that your equipment is well-protected. The versatility is that the bag will hold a DSLR and two lenses! As I was looking for this gift, I myself own a Crumpler, Domke, and Tamrac backpack for my Canon 5DmkII, I am now considering one for myself when I begin to delve into the micro-third system! I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a compact, portable and very versatile bag that is casual in appearance and doesn't scream out "CAMERA BAG!". Worth the purchase!

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Great well designed bag

                                                    By hunpo

                                                    from Blacksburg, VA

                                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Comfortable Strap
                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Good Protection
                                                    • Well designed

                                                    Cons

                                                    • A little heavy

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Daily Transport
                                                    • Storage
                                                    • Travel

                                                    Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                                    I was looking for a dedicated camera bag for my Panasonic GX-1 and asundry lenses, filters, etc. As soon as I got this out of the box, it was a winner. Used it on a 3.5 mile trail hike the other day, and it performed great.

                                                    It's a little heavy, but that's because it's well made from durable material and has a TON of pockets and they are thoughtfully placed and useful. Very, very pleased with the design and quality.

                                                    I am a long time hiker/backpacker so I've had a lot of experience with bags that work and don't work and I get irritated easily with bags that are "overproduced" (too much padding, useless features, etc.). This is the first bag I've owned for anything where the pockets and design were really thought out and actually work. Major plus is that it stays stable and upright when you pop open the top so you can get to everything easily without your bag falling over.

                                                    I also like that it doesn't look like a camera bag.

                                                    For serious hiking/backpacking, I'll be using an insert rather than this bag just due to weight and bulk. However for a short hike, I did just shove this whole bag inside my big backpack.

                                                    Highly recommended.

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