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Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone)
 
4.8

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (63)
  • Compact (41)
  • Lightweight (38)
  • Easy to use (36)
  • Good protection (31)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (61)
  • Daily transport (25)
  • Landscape/scenery (10)
  • Family photos (9)
  • Storage (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (46), Semi-pro photographer (18), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (72), Yes (5)

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

Amazing quality and perfect size!

By Jon

from Riverside, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Black):

I've owned a retrospective in the past, but with the addition of the 7, it's the perfect size for when I want to take just a body and 2 or 3 lenses. Since this is my photography bag that I shoot out of, I usually take my Sony a7rII with the battery grip attached, and 3 primes. Works really well for that! The velcro tabs are a bit too strong for my taste, and so I fold up their velcro silencer about half-way up so that only a small part of the velcro is showing. The flap is a lot easier to open this way.

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5.0

Super Bag!

By Rob

from Amsterdam

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Gray with Brown Leather):

When my Retrospective 5 becomes to small, I purchased the 7 (Pinestone w/ Leather)
Excellent quality camera bag.
In my Retrospective 7 i take with me:
- Sony A7
- FE 70200 f4 (attached)
- FE 2470 f4
- FE 1635 f4
- FE 55F18
and 4 battery's, filters and some other small stuff.

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5.0

The perfect camera bag with style

By NeilH

from Parkland, FL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Gray with Brown Leather):

This product is well thought out and offers every possible configuration for carrying your gear. This is the mid-sized version which accommodates a mid-sized DSLR with an 18-300 zoom and lens hood attached, plus there is still room for a full size flash and another 1 or 2 lenses. There are ample pockets and compartments for misc items including a small tablet. The shoulder pad is well padded and slip proof. Functionality aside, the leather trim is my favorite feature. The bag is made with or without the leather trim but having the leather really sets this bag apart from any other bag I have seen over the years, and I've seen many in my almost 50 years of shooting. A little more expensive than other bags but well worth it....go for it, you won't be sorry.

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  • No

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5.0

Handy, sturdy bag.

By Nicki

from New Jersey

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Sandstone):

This is a great bag for when you don't want to carry all your gear. Sturdy and easy, it affords fast access to changing your gear.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Retrospective 7 a good bag

By GarSham

from Northern California

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Configurable
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Great Construction
  • Great Material
  • Nice Color

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Outings
    • Travel

    Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

    As with many others I have many bags and cases (backpack, sling bag, shoulder bags, etc) but the Retrospective 7 bag seems more versitile for daily use and travel. The other bags may be more useful for particular situations. The 7 is very well made and carries the gear as described. I recently carried my D750, a 24-120 f4, a 50mm prime, SB750 flash, several filters and other small stuff and still had room to spare. The size seems just right. When loaded it can get heavy and that all transfers to one shoulder. I find myself positioning the very well made and padded strap on my outer shoulder above the arm instead of nearer the neck or mid shoulder as this seems to take the weight more comfortably. I like the number and distribution of compartments as there is room for computer gear as well as travel documents, maps, journal, passport, snacks, etc. Because of the high quality of the material and build I fully expect to have and use this bag for a long time.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Perfect for a 24-70mm 2.8 + one extra lens

    By Benjamin Howell

    from Cadillac, MI

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Versitile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Black):

      Purchased this bag with a new Nikon D750 kit that also included a 14-24mm 2.8. Worked perfectly, but I will be returning it for the Retrospective 30 because I intend on adding a 70-200mm 2.8 to my kit and there's no way I could carry all 3 lenses comfortably with the 7.

      Overall a wonderful product.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I Get Why Everyone Loves This Bag

      By Kris

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

        It's loaded with the following:

        Nikon D800
        Nikon 14-24mm f2.8
        Nikon 24-120mm f4
        Nikon 100mm f4 Ai Micro
        Filters, charger, a few other accessories

        It holds all this comfortably, albeit with not too much room to spare. The strap is comfortable, and when I hold it by the handle, it stays balanced, not tipping to one side or the other. Seems like it's well constructed and durable.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Love this bag

        By Tango Sierra

        from Rural North Central Illinois

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

          I use the 7 to hold two MFT bodies, 7 lenses, Metz 58 AF-2 flash, extra batteries, chargers, color checker, extra SD cards and misc accessories. Even with all that the bag carries light and is easy to work from.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great camera bag!

          By Evab

          from Tennessee

          Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

          This camera bag is the perfect size to fit a DSLR body, 24-105, iPad, and much more. The materials are high quality and look great. You can't go wrong with this bag!

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag-by Think Tank

          By BUDDHA-DOG

          from NEW YORK CITY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

          What a great bag!!! I have a few bags but been using this one the most!
          I also have the smaller one-Retrospective 5.
          Both have lots of pockets, it's a light bag. And most importantly it does not look like a camera bag!!! Big plus for me!
          Retrospective 7 holds my FUJI X T1 plus two-three lenses. i pad, charger and plus!
          it's a great bag to travel with , great carry-on bag. The smaller one (5) I use it everyday for when I just want to take only my camera, a book to read, or maybe one lens. Everyday use is great- camera- water bottle- book to read.
          love this bag!!! Good design THINK TANK!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent bag continues tradition of excellence

          By Designdog

          from Richmond, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Fit For My Gear
          • Inconspicuous

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Black):

          Like many here, I have a LOT of camera bags. I was looking for the perfect bag for my DF or D810 and three prime lenses, one on the camera. For example a Sigma 35 and 50mm Art, and the Nikon 85 1.4G. Good kit.

          This bag is it. Everything fits perfectly, it is a pleasure to shoot out of, and offers suitable protection without being too large or bulky. Enough extra room for most accessories, lens caps/covers, memory cards, etc. Shoulder strap is comfy, and it has a handle.

          A quality camera bag from a quality company.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great fit for pro-size Nikon

          By Mathias S

          from Redwood City, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

              I was able to fit a Nikon pro body (D3), a 70-200 f/4, a 35-70 f/2.8D, and an 85 f/1.8G. I can even fit the SB-800 flash although it's a bit of a squeeze.

              Great quality bag as well.

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              • Yes

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great street photography bag

              By Eric B

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                It fits my canon 5D mk3 attached to the 16-35mm and my 100mm prime and 24-70mm on each side. There is plenty of room for all the extras needed for a day outing such as batteries, memory cards, flash, filters, etc. The only draw back is that the side pockets under the straps do not fit anything.

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                • No

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                (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                I returned it.

                By Willie

                from Sarasota, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                    It was heavier and bulkier than I had anticipated. My old Domke suits me better.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Choice!

                    By jimdrob

                    from Lexington

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                      The Retrospective 7 is now my go-to bag when I just want to carry my D800 and three prime lenses. I also know that when I go Fuji X, it will carry even more. I never want a shoulder bag to carry all my gear, I'm too old for that, so this size is perfect! I originally wanted pinestone but this blue slate was marked way down and it appears a little darker in color than in pics online. So I can't complain. Like all Think Tank gear I own, this R7 is very well made.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My new daily driver

                      By Rick Vale

                      from Las Vegas, NV

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                        I needed was a very specific bag to fulfill my daily on-the-go routine. The Retrospective 7 does this in spades.

                        I already have a large Canon bag for my full kit of gear. What I didn't have was a bag that could hold my camera, a small assortment of lenses and most importantly my Surface Pro 4. Think Tank's Restrospective 7 holds all my daily gear perfectly.

                        Here's what is in my bag:
                        Canon T4i
                        Sigma 17-50mm attached
                        Canon 55-250mm
                        Sigma 35mm
                        An assortment of USB thumbdrives
                        Pens
                        Spare battery
                        Bluetooth mouse
                        Remote trigger
                        USB card reader
                        Camera battery charger
                        Surface Pro 4 with type cover and pen
                        And there is room to spare!

                        I wanted a low profile bag that could carry my modest amount of gear. Mission accomplished.

                        The Surface Pro 4 fits comfortably in the laptop pocket with the type cover and pen attached. This was the most important thing for me as I do a great deal of work remotely and couldn't stand needing another bag just for my computer. Especially since the Surface is so portable in it's own right.

                        The Camera pocket is spacious. There is room for a Rebel camera with a battery pack if you wanted. With my Rebel and 3 lenses I was left looking for more gear to carry as I still had a decent amount of room.

                        If the bag has a negative aspect it is that there aren't that many interior pockets for nick nacks similar to a Tamrac bag. But honestly that is a minor gripe for an amazing bag.

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                        • Yes

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Smart looking, well made bag

                        By hikingphotog

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Gray with Brown Leather):

                          This bag is the perfect size for my Lumix GX8 and three lenses, a flash, filters, extra batteries, and memory cards. I probably won't use the pocket for a tablet, but it is there for other things, like manuals.
                          Think Tank is known for it's high quality bags and cases, and this bag fits right in with the company's reputation. I like the choice of stylish material and leather.
                          I wish the shoulder strap was removable. Otherwise, I haven't found anything to complain about.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent bag

                          By Jlm

                          from Augusta,Ga

                          Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                          Glad I ordered the 7. Holds all my Fuji gear and looks cool too.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect Shoulder Bag

                          By DelMar_Photog

                          from San Diego, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

                            It was a little bigger than I expected, but it needed to be to do what I wanted. I just got back from a trip carrying and DSR750 w L-Bar with 16-35 mm lens attached and a 50 mm lens and all of my accessories and a Yoga Pad 3 (about the size of a Mac Air Book). Basicly I can carry my camera body with any of my lenses attached and one other lens and all of my accessories. My largest lens is the 24-70 (though with body attached I need to reverse the hood to have it fit). I used it to travel with and there is a shoulder strap and a carrying handle. I quickly realized the carrying handle could go around the handle on my roll around carryon bag for easy toting through airport.

                            Be warned that fully loaded it can carry a LOT of stuff, so can become heavy, but it is nice to have the option. Lots and lots of pockets, dividers, and nooks and crannies to put things in (so it is easier to find stuff once you get a system of what you put where).

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Think Tank Bag

                            By Jan

                            from Louisiana

                            Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate):

                            Love my new bag. And the color is good. Did not know what to expect but I like it. Really love that is does not look like a camera bag. Hold my dslr with 23-70. And my 70-200. That all I need for a day trip. Thanks B&H for the great service as always.

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