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Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray)
 
4.8

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (26)
  • Comfortable strap (13)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good protection (11)
  • Compact (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (16)
    • Daily transport (9)
    • Family photos (4)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Storage (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    If you want water, think stainless.

    By AZ Dave

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Well made

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Street photography
      • Travel

      Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

      First let me say I've not had a chance to actually use this bag yet. I bought it for a planned recent trip to South America, that we cancelled, and for an upcoming tour in Europe. The desire is a bag that I can use when hoofing around on tourist tours of cities, archeology sites, etc. While this bag might make it on a day hike or two, I'll probably continue to use one of my backpack style bags for hikes.

      For air travel, this bag will be packed in my luggage. My gear will be in a Pelican iM2500 case in the overhead luggage compartment. I'll load this bag in the hotel from the hard case based on where we're going and what we're doing that day.

      The bag is well made, attractive and, for the most part, well designed. For a shoulder bag, it provides good protection/padding. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it's not obviously a camera bag. Certainly some street thieves will recognize it for what it is, but I really don't want to let paranoia have me carrying a diaper bag for my gear.

      It comfortably holds my Nikon D800E and two additional lenses – 24-120 mm on the body, 16-35 mm in one compartment and 70-200 mm (2.8 VRII) in the other. While the 16-35 could be on the body and in the bag, the 70-200 on the body is too long to put in the bag if you want to close the bag.

      There are plenty of pockets for cards, filters, batteries, etc., but I suspect getting stuff in and out of some of those pockets with the body and two lenses in the bag will not be as easy as one would like. All the more reason to pack what you need and no more, and consider what you put where.

      I doubt I'll carry my D700 body in the front pocket as mentioned in the description - it'll further crowd/cram the pockets and add weight I really don't want to shoulder. Yeah, it'll fit, but at what cost?

      My one gripe about the bag is the "water bottle holders" on either end of the bag's exterior. The pockets are very small in diameter, when Think Tank says small water bottles they're very serious. The only water bottle(s) I've found to fit the pocket(s) are narrow (2.75"), stainless steel bottles. I've not seen a bottle of water at a convenience store you could stuff in the pockets. Since these are external pockets that could easily be a little larger in diameter, I dropped a star off the rating for poor design.

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      5.0

      My final bag purchase...

      By Alex

      from TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Ergonomical

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Day Shooting
        • Travel

        Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

        This bag fits all of my gear, is very well put together, and comfortable for lugging all day. For my setup, it is the perfect size: Canon 6D with 135L attached, 50mm f/1.4, 35L, and external flash. The front pouch is great for a few pocket wizards, some filters, memory cards, and batteries. The business card slot inside the front flap is genius, and it is the small things that really give Think Tank bags the edge. Although pricey, the build is exceptional and I expect this bag to last a lifetime. I would also highly suggest Think Tank's sling bag lineup if you are a hiker/outdoorsman.

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        4.0

        Great bag!

        By Betty

        from Cape Cod

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

          I love this bag to hold my mirror less camera gear. It holds everything I need but without being too big and bulky. The only complaint (and the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars) is that the bag is a bit heavy on it's own. It's well designed however and well made.

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          5.0

          Fantastic bag!

          By Cab

          from Massachusetts

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Looking
          • Lots Of Pockets And Features

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

              I couldn't be happier with this bag. It looks great but isn't obviously a camera bag. It easily holds all I've thrown at it (typically a D300 with Tokina 11-16/2.8 plus 2-3 additional lenses, filters, extra batteries, etc). It has more well-thought-out pockets and storage than I had imagined. It's very well made and seems exceptionally durable. I imagine I will be using this for longer than most of the gear I currently have in it. The only things I would change are that I wish the shoulder pad was removable and that the pockets on the sides could hold a larger water bottle. The pad is grippy and comfortable, but I have found that sometimes I'd rather just have the strap instead of the large-ish pad.

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              5.0

              Love this bag!

              By dkphoto7

              from Houston TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                Nice size for a bag that easily holds my D800 with grip and lens attached plus extra space to hold more lens and flash. Everyone says how well made it is and they are not lying.

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                5.0

                fantastic bag

                By remraf

                from arkansas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Roomy Lens Compartment

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                    Use the retro 10 to carry my d7100 with 24-70 attached. A 12-24 wide angle and a 18-200 zoom in the main compartment of this bag. Plenty of room left for other flash, charger in main compartment also. With the other storage areas in this bag, unless you want to carry the entire kitchen sink of photography gear, then this is the bag for you.
                    Especially like the fact that it doesn't look and scream "I'm a camera bag--grab me"! It carries all that I am interested in carrying. If I use other lenses, I just swap them out and leave some at home. This bag is going to last me a long time and it is super comfortable to carry with the over padded shoulder strap. I have had other shoulder bags and this one wins hands down.

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                    5.0

                    For Professionals Traveling Light

                    By EJ's TopPix

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Cameras

                      Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                      The problem with most small to mid-size bags is that they cannot handle a pro DSLR with a battery grip and zoom attached at the same time. The Retrospective 10 solves this problem beautifully. I alternate using a 5DmkIII and 1V-HS with grip and 28-70 2.8. The Retro10 keeps my gear at a convenient, ready position without being too big, but still having plenty of room for flash, batteries, extra prime lens, and assorted other stuff.

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                      5.0

                      sweet and sassy

                      By Eagle Eye

                      from Astoria, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos

                          Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                          I have a Nikon D5300 with an 18-200 lens on it and three other lenses. This bag comfortably fits them all in, with room left for battery, a couple of hoods and my iPad. I love the looks and feel of it! Its Retro style does not broadcast it as a photo bag. It has the best shoulder strap I've ever seen: wide, thick and strong as well as a moveable pad. It also has a detachable handle for carrying it if you don't want it on your shoulder; something I've found useful getting in and out of places.

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                          5.0

                          Another great think tank product

                          By RT

                          from Charlotte, NC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                              I use a think tank urban disguise bag as a carry on for a lot of gear but it's clearly too big to use as a day pack. The retrospective 10 serves that purpose in grand fashion. It is relatively small and extremely comfortable on the shoulder. It holds a pro size body with standard zoom attached and 70-200 not mounted. Can also fit 16-35 f4, sb-910 flash and numerous accessories. Certainly all you need for a day shooting can be put into this pack. The material appears very durable and I love the color. Definitely doesn't look like your typical camera bag, which I guess is the point. Highly recommend!

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                              5.0

                              Love this bag

                              By The Beachtripper

                              from Texas Gulf Coast

                              Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                              Bought the Think Tank camera bag for an upcoming trip to St. Barts. It is perfect for my SLR, zoom lens, compact camera, accessories & my tablet. Best of all it does not scream camera inside. And as always, great service from BH photo.

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                              5.0

                              Best camera bag for being un-noticed

                              By Snow

                              from Knox, TN

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                              This bag is awesome for keeping a low profile while traveling. In a city, it rarely stands out. Among tourists, you look like someone just hanging out. The shoulder strap is incredibly strong and thick. I think you could repel with it if needed. With no exterior badges, it doesn't stand out like a typical camera bag. Most camera bags attract far too much attention, even on a professional shoot. You are crazy not to consider this, even if you are an aspiring amateur.

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                              4.0

                              Just what I needed

                              By bmore

                              from odenton, md

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable

                              Cons

                              • Price

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                              Fits my D700 with grip with 24-70 lens attached, 70-200mm lens, 16-28 lens. Extra pockets for other things. It's an ugly bag, but I wanted something that doesn't say camera inside. Wife said it looks like a diaper bag, lol. A bit pricey, but high quality.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect for any shoot!

                              By Rob

                              from Pekin, IL

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                I have no problem fitting all my gear into one bag now. I can get the job done very easily now. This bag allows me to carry two flashes, two camera bodies(with batt. grips), an 18-200mm, a 50mm, a 100mm macro and all my little bits have plenty of pocket space. Great bag, loving every thing about it! Only thing that could be wrong is not having a spot to hang a tripod. But that won't keep me from buying another one of these.

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                                5.0

                                Perfect Bag (for me)

                                By Rob333

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                      looks are very stealth. doesn't scream "cameras ahoy!" got the Pinestone because the black is more nylon looking.

                                      Daily load my D700 w/ grip and 24-70 attached (with or w/o the hood), a 50mm, 85mm, and flash. lots of storage, but gets bulky as you put more stuff in. I leave the chargers home unless I know I'll be doing a lots of shooting....

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                                      5.0

                                      Much more than I anticipated...

                                      By FJC

                                      from Rhode Island

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Black):

                                          My camera, D3x, is large and heavy to carry around all the time. This bag is sturdy enough and large enough, which allows me to carry all I need. This usually includes an extra lens, sometimes a flash, extra battery and odds and ends. I also love the fact that it really doesn't look like a camera bag.
                                          I highly recommend this bag...

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                                          5.0

                                          Insanely well made messenger bag

                                          By RCVA Photo

                                          from Virginia Beach, VA

                                          About Me Photography Student

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Comfortable Strap
                                          • Compact
                                          • Durable
                                          • Good Protection

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Black):

                                              Construction of this bag is amazing. I wish I had a bag this strong when i was in college to haul my load of books everywhere. Very well engineered and pockets are well placed. This was the smallest messenger bag I could find to comfortably handle a pro-size dslr.
                                              Works well with my 17-40 on cam, 70-200f4 on the side and speedlite. Thats usually the most id carry with it.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great bag

                                              By Dave

                                              from Cairns

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Comfortable Strap
                                              • Durable
                                              • Good Protection
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Daily Transport

                                                Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                                Very well made, lightweight, well thought out bag. I can fit a 60D, a EF28-70f2.8L, EF70-200f4L, EFS10-22 and a filter pouch all in with a tiny bit of room to spare. And it's comfortable to carry with a large padded shoulder strap, and best of all, it looks nothing like a camera bag. Awesome.

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                                                4.0

                                                Great Bag !

                                                By Norman Photography

                                                from Souther California

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Comfortable Strap
                                                • Durable
                                                • Good Protection

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Daily Transport
                                                  • Travel

                                                  Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                                  I use this product with my 5DIII with grip and a 24-105 attached as my main set up. I will generally carry the 70-200 next to it or an 85mm. You can pack a flash snuggly on top if you choose. There are some small pockets on the inside where I keep my CF cards. There are also out pockets where I like to keep my filters, manuels, etc. Overall its a great bag!

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                                                  5.0

                                                  right tool for the job

                                                  By nsasa photo team member

                                                  from nasa/langley

                                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Comfortable Strap
                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Good Protection
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Daily Transport
                                                    • Storage
                                                    • Travel

                                                    Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                                    this bag is great for a small 2-4 lens slr system . first , it doesn't look like a camera bag so you can be somewhat incognito . secondly , the thing is just about indestructable w/ a moderate amount of storage space . comes with a rain cover . my favorite feature is the adaptable ("sound silencer") velcro flap closure . the addition of a heavy duty snap on the main flap would make this bag perfect .

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Go big or go home.

                                                    By Darryl

                                                    from New Jersey

                                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

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

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Daily Transport
                                                      • Storage

                                                      Comments about Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

                                                      This bag is great. SWMBO uses it for a D7100 with 105 Macro, 18-200, and 35mm lenses. It also holds a flash with odds and ends. You can go light and have lots of space for other miscellaneous items and an extra DX body.

                                                      People think it's just a messenger bag. The strap is wonderfully padded and secure. The material feels heavy, but the whole effect is lightness.

                                                      As usual if you think this will just fit everything you need, go one size larger. You will use the extra space and it will be appreciated.

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