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Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (49)
  • Compact (42)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • 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 (30), Semi-pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54)

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

Second one!

By Bob

from Maine

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Sandstone and Leather):

I was so pleased with the first bag I ordered a second. My wife also a professional photographer quickly feel in love with the size and ease to work with. This has become the take everywhere bag for her. To get an idea of what this bag can hold - please see my review on the first bag.

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5.0

Just right for MTF

By Bob

from Maine

Verified Buyer

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

Small, good looking well made. Does not look like a camera bag, no logos and carried just he right amount of MFT (micro four thirds) equipment for me. In the bag I have two GX8 bodies with lenses attached. On one - the Leica 200-400 with lens shade reversed. This fits lefts to right. One the other is a 12 - 60. Also in the bag, A 60 macro. 15 prime, 42.5 prime. two flashes. Assorted filters, small reflector, wireless remote triggers and i could still comfortable fit another body or lens.

Shoulder strap is 59 inches. easy to wear over the should or cross chest. Well thought out - with strong velcro and buckle under the flap. For when you need the bag to open and close silently - the velcro quickly hides away. Making the bag open and close silently. You can also fold the flap back leaving the bag wide open making it easy to work out of the bag changings lenses etc.

Well padded, feels stiff when you first unpack the bag - softens nicely in a day a so.

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5.0

Very nice Bag

By Josh

from South Jersey

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

Just got back from a vacation with this bag carrying it all day most days. No issue with shoulder pain and very easy to get the camera in and out.

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5.0

Best bag ever!

By Aisha

from Houston, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

I still can't believe how much I can fit into this one bag! I got it for travel purposes but also for engagement shoots and to carry during weddings. It's ideal always. I ride my bike with it and it's very comfortable. I don't have to worry about the bag accidentally slipping open because it's so secure.
I highly recommend it!

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5.0

A great camera bag.

By George

from Woodstock, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Sandstone):

I own two of these bags. They are sturdy, well made, plenty of pockets and really well though out. I love the fact that there is no logo on the bag, so it is unobtrusive. A great purchase.

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5.0

Best bag ever!!!

By Aisha

from Houston, TX

Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

I wish the material was nicer for weddings but it's super practical for travel and weddings as well. It's surprising how much I can fit in it!! I got an Ona bag before this one and had to return it. This was a much better investment!!!

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5.0

EXCELLENT SIDEKICK

By Ray

from Greer, South Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Sandstone):

Lately been shooting macro at a nursery, thus hot, tight and people. Will carry camera on tripod along with the Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag which will conveniently carry an additional lens, flashlight, filters, small diffuser and reflector, lens cleaning materials, towel (for me), wallet and phone. No need to schlep around a backpack in these conditions. Overall very nice. Great construction and wide color/style choices. Works for me rather well.

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5.0

Day bag "homerun"

By Bagman

from Cruising New England by Yacht

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone Gray):

      Think Tank, think well made and thought out, its amazing what will fit in a Think tank bag.
      I love the larger Think Tank bag I have that holds 2 bodies and 4 lenses but i was looking for a 1 body / 2 lens small bag for quick day use or nights out when i don't want to carry a full kit around.

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      • No

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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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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          • No

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          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                • No

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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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                  • No

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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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