Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Black)

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Black)

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Black)

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  • For 1 Pro DSLR/70-200mm f/2.8 Sideways
  • For 1 Pro DSLR Body, 2-4 Lenses
  • Two Expandable Front Pockets for DSLRs
  • Sound Silencers Eliminate Opening Noises
  • Main Flap Covers Bag / Hides Gear
  • Inside Organizer Pocket for Accessories
  • Customizable Interior Dividers
  • Rear Storage Paper Pocket/Side Pockets
  • Rain Cover
  • Web Loops Accept Optional Pouches
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Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 overview

  • 1Description

The black Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag from Think Tank is a discreet and simple bag designed for the photographer who carries a system such as one pro DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom attached to the camera. And, with its wider size, the camera and lens combo can be stored sideways within the bag. Or, it can hold two pro DSLRs in its two front expandable pockets and 2-4 lenses in the main compartment. The difference between the Retrospective 30 and the smaller 10 and 20 models of the same bag are the 30's two front expandable pockets. The smaller versions only have one. However, the interior dividers are still customizable to accommodate the gear you carry on any given day.

The large front flap covers the entire bag and prevents anyone from seeing what's inside. The hook & loop closure is unique with its Sound Silencer system that eliminate the tearing sound normally encountered when you open a camera bag. This is especially valuable when you are shooting in quiet venues like courts, wedding services or chess matches. The inside of the bag contains an organizer pocket that is perfect for a note pad, mic, or small pack of tissues. Two collapsible nylon pockets are inside and are designed to hold a flash or other similar sized accessory.

As mentioned, outside, two expandable pockets are large enough for two pro sized DSLR bodies. The back of bag has a wide storage pocket that is made to hold collateral material like paperwork, maps or a note pad. Additional webbing loops are found outside to hold some small Modular, Skin or Multimedia pouches. Or, you can attach a carabiner to it for quick access items like keys. Two side pockets will hold small water bottles or even some small shoe-mount strobe lights. Under the main flap, you have a business card holder.

The carry handle is removable and the shoulder strap contains some non-slip material to keep the bag stable while moving. There's also a breathable cushioned pad along the strap to aid in positioning. For complete protection, there's a neat rain cover that can be rapidly deployed when the weather turns sour. The cover has been configured to allow the handle and strap to extend but not interfere with the security of your gear. The Retrospective is backed by Think Tank's lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.

The exterior of each Retrospective shoulder bag is purposefully simple, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment
The "Sound Silencers" underneath the main flap eliminate the loud tearing sound hook-and-loop makes while opening the bag. Simply release the Sound Silencer panels and cover the hook-and-loop strips to prevent the hook-and-loop from contacting
A clear business card pocket, for identification and spare cards, is located under the main flap
Hook-and-loop panels securely fastens the main flap down keeping valuable photo equipment hidden from view
An organizer pocket is located inside the main compartment. It gives photographers enough space for small, but significant, accessories necessary for a successful shoot
All the dividers inside the bag are removable so the interior can be customized to any photographer's set of gear
Inside the main compartment are two collapsible nylon pockets (one on each side). These pockets are tall enough to fit most flash units or other accessories. A hook-and-loop strap can be used to secure the contents or it can be tucked into the pocket for quicker access
Two front expandable pockets can be used to carry two pro size DSLR bodies
A wide storage pocket is located on the back of the Retrospective. This pocket can be used to carry small maps, booklets or other paperwork
Removable carrying handle
A fully adjustable, canvas strap is integrated into the bag. For extra comfort, a breathable cushioned pad slides along the strap for optimum positioning. Sections of non-slip material on the pad helps keep the entire strap on your shoulder
Webbing loops on both sides of the Retrospective can be used to carry some small Modular, Skin or Multimedia pouches on the side of the bag. Alternatively, a carabiner (not included) can be used to quickly clip accessories to the the sides of the bag as well
Side pockets on both sides can be used to carry smaller water bottles and will even fit some shoe-mounted strobe units
The included seam-sealed rain cover was specially designed to keep the carrying handle and integrated shoulder strap outside the rain cover without compromising protection from the elements
One pro DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached in the main compartment held sideways
Two pro DSLRs in the dual front pockets and 2-4 lenses in the main compartment
Carry-On Form Factor
FAA and airline carry-on specifications are subject to change without notice, please check with your airline before designating this case as a carry-on item. Most airlines require carry-on items to have an external linear measurement that is equal to or less than 45.0" (114.3cm). The external dimensions of this case add up to 33.5" (85.1cm)
UPC: 874530007705
In the Box
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Black)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Rain Cover
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 specs

    Carrying/Transport Options Handle, Shoulder Strap
    Features Tablet Pocket
    Exterior Material Nylon, Polyester, Polyurethane
    Exterior Dimensions 15.98 x 10.51 x 7.01" / 40.6 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm
    Type of Closure Touch Fastener
    Water Resistance Rain Cover, Water-Resistant Material
    Interior Material Foam, Nylon, Polyethylene, Velex
    Interior Dimensions 14.96 x 9.45 x 5.98" / 38 x 24 x 15.2 cm
    Weight 3.2 lb / 1.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.89 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.1 x 12.2 x 9.0"

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 reviews

    Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 56.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks Small, Fits Everything! I use this bag to carry my Nikon D800 with battery grip, 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm F2.8, sb910 and sb700 flashs, and portable hard drives. I could fit a few more smaller lenses and even two more full size bodies in this bag if i wanted to. Of course, it becomes very heavy with all of this in it, but it is ideal for an event where you may need to change lenses frequently. the optional velcro is convenient when you don't want to make noise. The bag looks small, but when i need to, i can fit everything in it.
    Date published: 2013-03-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Big Design is Great, very nicely crafted and just about everything about is great, the problem I found is that is very hard to understand its size when you are buying through the internet, since all Retrospective bags designs are the same , is very difficult to understand its size. This will hold everything it says but its too big to carry around as a normal bag, it simply is huge, I should have gotten the Retrospective 7 instead. Try and see video reviews and all the info you can get your hands on before buying, pictures are very deceiving.
    Date published: 2014-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from By far the best bag I've ever owned! I've owned numerous brands/types of camera bags and this is by far my favorite. It is large enough to hold all necessary items but not so large that it becomes cumbersome. This is my first ThinkTank product and I'm so pleased with the build quality that I plan on selling my current rolling case and replacing it with a ThinkTank equivalent case. I love all the detail and care put into the design of this bag. The shoulder strap is very well built and padded for comfort. It comes with a rain cover, heavy duty zippers, and neat features such as the ability to silence the velcro on the main cover. I absolutely love this bag!
    Date published: 2012-12-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favorite Wedding Bag I'm a big fan of Think Tank products. And this bag is my favorite wedding bag. It's the perfect size, well constructed and forms to your body when wearing it. So why the 4 stars and not 5? Because I've never met the perfect camera bag. I always want to make changes. I wish the shoulder strap was adjustable quickly (quick release lever), and I would like a padded compartment for my 13' laptop. But maybe I'm being too picky. This bag is still my favorite shoulder bag for weddings by a large margin!
    Date published: 2015-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic bag! This is a great bag. I own several Think Tank bags, and all are well designed and quality. I wanted a mid-size bag for travel and shooting concerts. This bag holds my D4, D800, 70-200 f2.8, 85 f1.4. 35 f1.4 and 50 f1.4 lens. It has a rain cover and hold batteries and cards. I use Black Rapid straps, which can be bulky, but while all this is a tight fit, this bag holds it all. The bag does not look like a traditional camera bag, so you can walk around with your gear without being noticed as much as with other bags. The bag flap has Velcro, but the design lets you cover the Velcro for quiet opening and closing if silence is more important than having a securely closed bag. I liked it so much that I also bought the Retrospective 20 so I could choose between a tall or a wide bag depending on the shoot.
    Date published: 2012-07-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable, well made, little padding I use this bag as my location bag for wedding and portrait sessions. It holds just about everything: 2 bodies, 50L, 16-35, 100 Macro, 2 flashes, multiple pocket wizards, batteries, gels, filters and other stuff. It's very well made, comfortable, and minimal in size thanks to the lack of protective padding. I like this as it keeps the bulk down but it's not something I'd want to bring on an airplane. Also, it's not really large enough to fit my 70-200 along with everything else. My other complaint is there should be a clear zipper pouch or pouches sewn on the inside of the cover for cables, batteries, gels and filters. As is, the place for those is well made but when the bag is loaded and on your shoulder the weight pulls the sides in making that spot hard to access. It's also very messy as all my cords and batteries pretty much get crammed in one pouch. Fix that and I'd give it 5 stars.
    Date published: 2012-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Everyday and Travel Bag I switched from Domke to ThinkTank several years ago. I still use the Domke bags that I have left once in a while, but I use my ThinkTank bags 90 percent of the time. I have three Retrospective bags, the 5, 7, and now the 30. I continue to be extremely satisfied with all aspects of the ThinkTank bags. The design and quality of ThinkTank bags are excellent. I switched to the Retrospective 30 from the ThankTank Urban Disguise 40. I have come to prefer to use a shoulder bag with the camera laying on it's side rather than lens down. The Retrospective 30 is my everyday and travel bag. It holds my Nikon D810 with RRS L-Plate on it's side with either the 24-120 f/4 or the 35mm f/1.4 attached to the camera. I use a two compartment short Domke insert on the other end of the bag to hold my 70-200mm f/4 and my 20mm f/1.8 lens.
    Date published: 2015-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good looking Tardisesque bag Great looking bag that is tantalizingly close to perfection. It holds more than you think it possibly could while still managing not to look like a dorky photographers bag. I've used it on two day trips/events and yesterday took the following to a Bar Mitzvah in it: Canon pro body, 70-200, 24-70, 16-35 (all bulky 2.8s), three flashes, three pocket wizards, cables and other misc junk. The secret is the front pockets that take up no room when not in use but can swallow two flashes or a lens each when you want them to. A very comfortable non-slip strap is provided and the bag itself has a Goldilocks-like not-to-floppy yet not-uncomfortably-rigid feeling while being worn even when well laden. Negatives: Like all 'good' bags it's not cheap. In terms of space management, The dividers could be better. It will take a pro body with L series lens attached (up to 70-200) vertically in the center which is what I do, but this also 'wastes' a lot of space around the lens. I'm sure I'll figure a solution for this that will allow me to use that space around the lens (with the body at the top end) for wallets, keys, cards, cables or other small items. Also at each end, a pair of 2.8 lenses don't fit side by side, but you can stack them on their sides longitudinally (one above the other) quite efficiently. Yet, to make this work you really only want velcro only on one end of the wee dividers between the lenses so it hinges up like a flap for easy access to the bottom lens. Easy enough to do yourself, but again, with a little more thought Think Tank could have done this for us. A minor whinge that applies to almost all bags is the provision of a few more more thin, semi-transparent or mesh 'pockets' of all sizes for more media cards, notebooks, cleaning cloths and other bits and pieces. This bag has quite a few useful pockets but you can never have enough storage nooks and crannies in a camera bag. I've not tried putting a skinny laptop in the long pocket at the back of the bag but my wee MacBook Air should would easily fit although perhaps at the sacrifice of some comfort while wearing the bag against your side. I have a few bags for different purposes and each is 'quite' close to perfection but annoyingly not quite so. Yet with a little more thought, the Mark 2 version of this, if it ever appears, could be the perfect day or weekend getaway bag. Its a shame that 'perfect' photo bags are so elusive given that all we want to do is cart around photo gear...
    Date published: 2012-12-02
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