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Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)
 
4.9

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (45)
  • Good protection (31)
  • Compact (30)
  • Comfortable strap (29)
  • Lightweight (27)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (42)
  • Daily transport (25)
  • Storage (9)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This bag really is the best!

This bag really does live up to all of the positive comments everyone else has shared about it. I am an amateur photographer that likes to carry my Nikon D7000 with a 24-70mm...Read complete review

This bag really does live up to all of the positive comments everyone else has shared about it. I am an amateur photographer that likes to carry my Nikon D7000 with a 24-70mm lens attached everywhere I go. This bag replaced the backpack I used for daily use to carry my personal belongings as well as allowing me to bring all my necessary camera equipment with me. I bring my camera w/lens attached, my Tamaron 18-270, my Nikon 50MM, flash, a variety of filters, etc and my Macbook Pro 13" with all of my daily needs stuff in one compact and stylish bag. Note: the Macbook Pro fits in the sleeve assigned for an 11" iPad but the zipper does not close completely. Still the computer is secure enough to travel and works ideal as a carry on for the plane. I also carry two external hard drives with me and feel like I might still have room to spare. The bag is high quality and super comfortable to wear even with heavy loads. The organization pockets are well thought out and super functional. The rain cover is a nice touch and it feels as if this bag could do it all. I am extremely happy with this purchase and would recommend this product and other products from this company to anyone. Side note, while traveling this past weekend I was approached by a professional photographer who stated he also uses the same bag and absolutely loves it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Still bulky

Was looking for a thin lens bag that can accommodate 70-200 and a few batteries. I landed on this one, but it is still unnecessarily wide.
It does the job,...Read complete review

Was looking for a thin lens bag that can accommodate 70-200 and a few batteries. I landed on this one, but it is still unnecessarily wide.
It does the job, but not elegant enough.

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5.0

Versatile

By Phillip

from South Africa

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

    Versatile and easy to use. My go to camera bag when I'm meeting with customers for the first time

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    5.0

    Great Bag, Quality Product

    By Jon

    from Annapolis, Maryland

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy access
    • Great Looking
    • Quality construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

        Bought this bag to carry my Fuji X-T1 and several lenses. My initial thought when first examining the bag was the quality of the product in general. It is very well made and well thought out. It easily carries the Fuji and 2 additional lenses with plenty of space for all the extras. If you are looking for a well made bag that will last, and don't want it to scream "camera bag" look no further, this is that bag.

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        • No

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        5.0

        So far. I love it.

        By Photobilly

        from Oregon

        Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

        Carry nikon d4s, 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 (all 2.8) plus speed light 910 with room to spare. Only wish end pockets were a little larger.

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        5.0

        The Goldilocks of Camera Bags

        By Cape Cod Don

        from South Yarmouth, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

          Not to big, not to small, perfect size for traveling. Well constructed from durable but soft canvas. Shoulder strap is very comfortable and includes vinyl strips to prevent slippage.
          Lots of pockets including rear,well cushioned pocket which easily holds my Samsung 10.5" Galaxy Tab S tablet. The Velcro silencers are a great feature as is the separate carrying handle.
          Below is a picture illustrating the amount of equipment that easily fits in the bag and includes: Nikon D7100 body with Sigma 18-300mm lens attached, Sigma 8-16mm lens, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art Lens, Nikon SB-800 Speed light, Samsung 10.5" tablet, SDHC card case, Polarizing filters.
          Overall a well designed, well made camera bag.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Sturdy, well-designed DSLR bag

          By Ruben

          from Hollywood, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

            It has ample room inside for a DSLR and two lenses. It also has a side pocket for an iPad. It has two small side pockets and another one almost as big as the one for the iPad. It has a shoulder strap with a well cushioned shoulder pad and a handle as well. It comes with a rain cover. It looks elegant and does not look like a typical camera bag which is a plus for traveling. The silencer is a clever way to mute the velcro sound when you open it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great bag`

            By Rob

            from Gulf Coast

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                Great for street photography. Doesn't scream camera bag. Currently carrying 5d3, 35l and 70-200. Comfortable strap. I would highly recommend this bag.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Superb value

                By Tracy

                from Monterey, MA

                Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                No regrets. The bag delivers. Comfortable, versatile, and exactly as advertised. High recommendation

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                5.0

                A Gear Bag Full Of Great Features!

                By Ricky M

                from Houston Texas USA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Black):

                  I only have the bag a for a week, but so far so good, the bag appears to be the right size for my needs, one mirrorless body and 4 lenses, plus extra batteries charger, memory cards, table tripod and other bits and pieces. The shoulder strap is nicely padded, it also comes with a briefcase type strap that can be removed (which I did). Rain coat on a removable bag, along with multiple extra pockets to secure smaller items inside the bag, a nice internal packet for my iPod mini. All this and there should still be enough room for a second mirrorless body. The bag is nicely padded everywhere and you can tell that a lot of thought went into designing this bag, but this is to be expected from a bag at this price point. Being able to fit all on a bag that can be your personal item on a fly and will fit under the seat on front of you on a plane, what else can you ask for?

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  The Domke Bag for the Digital Age

                  By DRA 11

                  from Portland, Oregon

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • No Latch On Front Flap

                  Best Uses

                  • Editorial
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                  This bag is classy. I've gone back to shooting all primes and the Retrospective 7 fits all my gear, an ipad Air 2, and then some. I'm a small woman and always have issues finding a bag that accommodates my gear without being too heavy or too bulky which means I own about a million camera bags. My only complaint with this bag is there's not a latch on the front to make it more secure when using the velcro silencers. To remedy that to the best of my ability, I fold the flaps over the velcro about 3/4 down. That way, part of the velcro still sticks and provides security, but I'm not using the whole patch -which is extremely loud. Hence the 4 stars.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Size Matters!

                  By Doc

                  from NYC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Balanced Weight
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                      Easy on the shoulder and yet large enough to hold my 27-70 and a full size Canon camera with a 100 attached.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Think Tank Retrospective 7 Camera Bag

                      By Jack

                      from Spring, tx

                      Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                      I just received the subject bag....for years I tried to avoid a real camera bag....using just a small case, while traveling either on fishing trips to Fla. And Costa Rica, or traveling to Europe with my wife. I never had the right stuff. This Think Tank bag is perfect to carry two cameras and necessary lens.....

                      It is easy to store all equipment that I carry....

                      Thank you Think Tank....

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                      5.0

                      Great bag for mirrorless kit!

                      By JWadsworth

                      from Ohio

                      Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                      The Think Tank Retrospective 7 is the perfect size for my Fujifilm X cameras and lenses. Not too big but not too small either. Perfect for travel and everyday use. The bag is well made and comes with a rain cover. I also like that it will accommodate my IPad. The sound silencer for the Velcro flap comes in handy when you don't want to cause a distraction. I would highly recommend this bag for CSC cameras or a small DSLR kit.

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                      5.0

                      Great inconspicuous camera bag

                      By Enthusiastic travel photogropher

                      from Minnesota, USA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                        I purchased this bag for a trip to Europe. After experimenting with numerous different camera bags, I finally found one that was convenient to carry, access, and manage.The bag is well-designed with easy access to necessary equipment.I had plenty of room for my DSLR with a 24-70 f/2.8 lens and external strobe along with room for miscellaneous items to carry while being a tourist. Easily fits an iPad mini and would likewise do well with a regular sized iPad.Would be perfect if it had a place to attach my tripod.Would definitely recommend for those looking for a convenient inconspicuous camera bag.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Nice Shape and and handful

                        By Riccardo Chiades

                        from Ivrea Torino,Italy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                          This product was a gift for my brother who love street and reportage photography.
                          It doesn't look like a photography bag,which is good when your travelling in not 100% safe place.
                          Perfect room inside for ipad!

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Excellent walk around bag

                          By Ron in NYC

                          from NYC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                            I use Retrospective 7 bag to carry a Nikon D7100 with a Nikon 24-120mm f/4.0 FX lens attached to the camera with the lens hood extended, an iPad mini, and a few small accessories. This leaves a good deal of space left over to carry small purchases, etc. It is my second. I use a Retrospective 20 to carry a Nikon D810 and four lenses, the largest of which is a Nikon 70-200mm f/4.0, which fits with the lens attached to the camera and the lens hood extended. When a lens is not attached to the camera, I prefer to keep the lens in a Nikon lens case (which is similar to a woolen sock) because these bags don't hold lenses snug. The bags work well, it is easy to get the camera in and out, and they allow relatively safe lens changes. If you wear jeans, expect some indigo to rub off on the shoulder bag making one side bluish. If this is a issue for you, then I suggest buying the blue or the black bag instead. I like pinestone because it looks less like a camera bag than the blue or black. For that I'll put up with a bluish tinge on one side.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great size travel bag

                            By KOZIMG

                            from Central Florida

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                              perfect size travel bag for when you just need to pack you camera body and a couple of lenses or flash. I love this discreet bag because it doesn't scream "I have a camera here"

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              So relieved!

                              By Kat

                              from Brooklyn, NY

                              Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Black):

                              I have had my share of camera bags in the past. This Retrospective 7 could very well be my last. That is unless Think Tank themselves revises it and makes it shockingly appealing which I believe would be hard to do. It's hardy but not heavy, functional but not gadgety, spacious but not bulky. I currently carry a pro body camera, speedlite, and two lenses and there's ample room for another lens or speedlite. The shoulder strap distributes the weight so that you forget you're carrying as much as you are, making street photography or the occasional photo walk tremendously easier. I don't like spending a bad penny so I'm so relieved after buying this bag since it meets and exceeds my expectations.

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                              4.0

                              Good bag, almost excellent

                              By D

                              from Massachusetts, usa

                              Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                              A comfortable, well made bag. Problem for me was it just wasn't quite roomy enough in the right places . Laptop compartment ( On outside back) was just big enough to fit an old ipad in its case. So that was a tight fit. Also this bag is to carry Fuji mirror keeps cam and lens, and there is more camera space than needed for that. Retrospective 5 is ideal size for that camera system, but cannot accomodate an ipad

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                              5.0

                              Well thought out

                              By Drastic

                              from San Luis Obispo, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                                  I have so many camera bags and backpacks, I felt guilty buying another one. But this one fills a special need: When I'm traveling, especially in a country where I feel a bit conspicuous by my height or color or lack of linguistic facility, how can I avoid looking even more out of place? Answer - a camera bag that does not look like a camera bag, that can also carry a day's essentials for walking around. That means, money, credit cards, keys, sunglasses, water bottle, phone, on and on. The camera still has plenty of room, is well protected, and I can also stuff in another lens or flash or maybe both. There's one padded pocket that fits an iPad perfectly. It's all very well made, has a tough padded shoulder strap, and is fairly secure against pickpockets provided the user is diligent about keeping the interior pockets and flap closed.

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                                  • No

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                                  3.0

                                  Still bulky

                                  By ISDNY

                                  from NY, NY

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Black):

                                    Was looking for a thin lens bag that can accommodate 70-200 and a few batteries. I landed on this one, but it is still unnecessarily wide.
                                    It does the job, but not elegant enough.

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                                    • No

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