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Think Tank PhotoRetrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone)
 
4.8

(based on 111 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (96)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 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

 

My Last Camera Bag

I'm an amateur photographer and I mainly focus on landscapes and Astrophotography. My rig contains a Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-20mm, and a Tamron 18-270mm, along with various accessories.Read complete review

I'm an amateur photographer and I mainly focus on landscapes and Astrophotography. My rig contains a Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-20mm, and a Tamron 18-270mm, along with various accessories.

So far I have used this bag for shooting outside in State Parks, such as Chaco, where you can more or less drive to the sights and not have to hike very far from a vehicle.

The Pros:
Good size! - Not too big or small, easy to carry around without getting in the way.

Very Comfortable - the pad on the shoulder strap is very well padded and distributes the weight nicely. I have never been a fan of shoulder bags in the past, but this is definitely one that I don't mind hauling around.

Great Platform - Changing lenses in this bag is easy, grabbing accessories is easy, this bag makes hauling around gear easy.

Safely Secures Gear - When I carry this bag there is no fear of my gear falling out or losing anything. Everything is enveloped in the bag, and the pockets are nice and deep. I enjoy the velcro in places when I'm in groups of people, that way nobody can sneak into the bag when it's behind me.

Tethered Clip - There's a tethered clip inside the main compartment in a accessory pouch that is nice to attach a small flashlight to. In the dark it's nice to have easy access to a light.

Front pockets are great for brochures and maps while walking around. Easy to get into and secured when the flap is in place so they will not get blown away.

Great for all day walking - Very comfortable bag that stores a good amount of gear.

Blends In - Walking around with this bag I don't feel like I'm a walking target. The color is somewhere between a green and khaki.

Great Material - The canvass cotton is rugged, yet soft, it easily folds over your gear and protects it. I even stashed a jacket between the lid and body of my camera and it still closed, allowing you to stuff larger items on top if needed. I wouldn't put anything under the flap that may scratch your camera's LCD screen though.

The side pockets inside are perfect for storing cables. I keep my USB and charging cables in the bag when I'm out. That way I have everything with me - if I need to lighten the load I'll take them out, but this bag really doesn't feel heavy when you're carrying it. Stuffing cables in the internal side pocket does eat into one of the lens pockets, so if you carry 2 spare lenses then it may not work well for you, but there are also plenty of spots to stuff your charger without fear of it falling out.

The Cons:

I noticed with my model that my shooting mode dial would sometimes get switched to another mode while pulling out my camera. I shoot with a D7000 so I would go from Manual to U1 or U2 - this isn't really an issue, and I could probably move the dividers wider inside the bag to prevent this from happening, but it was something that occurred a couple times throughout a single day.

No Tripod Mount - I wish this bag had a way to secure a tripod to it, especially shooting landscapes and astrophotography. I can carry a tripod in it's own bag, but then it's more of a hassle. This is why I give it 4 stars, but it handles everything else like a champ!

No Padding on Top Flap - I would warn folks that there is no padding on the top of the bag. I'm confident the flap would stop the screen from getting scratched, but it is just the canvas protecting that aspect. The sides and base are adequately protected and I feel very safe transporting my camera in this bag.

I would buy this bag again, and honestly I wish I had bought this bag first. I have a separate setup for hiking and backpacking, but for day trips I think this bag is great!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

no padding on front surface

The retro 7 bag confuses thickness for imact protection. Although 5 sides have padding sewn in, the front surface has no padding. The multiple layers provide essentially no impact protection in a fall...Read complete review

The retro 7 bag confuses thickness for imact protection. Although 5 sides have padding sewn in, the front surface has no padding. The multiple layers provide essentially no impact protection in a fall from atop a carry-on suitcase. My Canon camera and lens are now in the shop due to such a fall in the rough and tumble of airport transit. I have advised ThinkTank to add front padding in the next model.

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5.0

TOP QUALITY

By pete

from central florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

When you carry quality photography equipment buy a top quality bag

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly What I Needed

By stevenmschultz

from Wenham, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Sandstone):

I couldn't be happier with my Retro 7. It's compact size is perfect; it allows you to take a well-rounded kit, yet prevents you from overloading the bag. For reference, I can comfortably fit a 5DIII, Sigma ART 35 1.4 and 50 1.4, and a Canon 85 1.8, with room to spare. Shoulder bags can quickly become uncomfortable, but the padding on the strap is impressive and significantly reduces stress on the shoulder. The overall construction is top-notch and it feels great in the hands. Only time will tell how durable it is, but I expect a long lifespan out of this guy. It's filled with great organization and the included rain cover is very useful. The option to silence the velcro on the outer flap might be my favorite feature; it is invaluable during weddings, theatre productions, and other events where you need to be quiet.

I combed through shoulders bags for hours on end, and I'm so happy that I picked this bag. If you're looking for a compact, discreet shoulder bag that looks good without being too flashy, you can't go wrong with the Retro 7!

 
5.0

Solid, thoughtfully designed, well built

By Anson

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Sandstone):

I have several hard cases for my photo gear as well as a variety of fanny packs and soft bags. I've shot for over 35 years, from 35 mm to 2-1/4, 6x9 and 4x5. I recently dove into mirrorless and picked up several new lenses along with adaptors for my legacy glass. It's always hard to pick the right size bag without having it in hand, but I nailed it with the Retrospective 7. This thing is extremely flexible, coming with an assortment of dividers, and is the perfect size for vertically carried longer lenses or two stacked primes. There is a thin layer of some sort of dense foam padding sandwiched in the fabric of the bottom and back. The front and sides, while not padded, are comprised of multiple layers of fabric (pockets cover every side) that is quite heavy. I have no fear about my gear being at risk of damage. This is a subtle, classy bag that doesn't look like a photographer's bag, just the stealthy sort of bag I was looking for. I am extremely pleased with the Retrospective 7, my first Think Tank bag, but not my last.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very happy with this buy!

By Jose

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

I had two photo bag packs and never feel confortable with them. In the heat you will sweat a lot with a bag pack. Unless you're hiking a lot I prefer a shoulder bag. What I love the most about this one is that it disguises as a conventional bag for documents or portfolio but in fact you can carry a couple of camera bodies, few lenses and some accessories easily, even a small laptop or tablet. It's well made and very practical. Love it!

 
5.0

Beautiful design and quality

By chill79

from Costa Mesa, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Love this bag for day shoots. It's comfortable, looks great, and fits everything I need.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The only bag I need now

By Robert

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Sandstone):

Like almost everyone, I've got (or had) an embarrassingly large collection of camera bags.
This is now the only bag I use. First off, I like the shabby look that doesn't attract attention. It's surprisingly comfortable for a shoulder bag, even loaded with heavy gear. Lots of useful pockets and compartments.

My thing is travel, and I've spent years wondering why nobody designed a camera bag that can hold more than just camera gear. What about water, books, maps, wallets, sunscreen, sunglasses, keys, snacks? Plus, at 6'-3", most backpacks are not properly proportioned, and they're hot. This thing does it all for me. 

Very well made, well designed, well thought out.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfect for my Fuji X system

By Bob

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

I originally ordered the Retrospective 6 for my Fuji XT-2 and lenses, but found it to be a little bit under-sized to carry my filters. The 7 fits all my kit just right. I do have the battery grip and RRS L-plates too. Great build quality, YKK zippers and a rain cover. Not the cheapest bag on the block, but quite impressive.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice camera bag

By Michael

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

On a long international trip, a photog friend of mine had this bag to carry his micro 4/3 camera kit and highly recommended it.  This bag is very well made and a pleasure to use.  I use it for day outings to perfectly hold a Fuji X-T2 and with Fuji trinity lens kit (XF 10-24, 16-55, 50-140) or some combination of fuji primes.  On long trips I tend to use a backpack, but this Think Tank bag's advantage is the easy access of camera and other contents wearing it over the shoulder.  The zipper pocket will hold an iPad but not a 13" laptop.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

no padding on front surface

By Phil

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

The retro 7 bag confuses thickness for imact protection. Although 5 sides have padding sewn in, the front surface has no padding. The multiple layers provide essentially no impact protection in a fall from atop a carry-on suitcase. My Canon camera and lens are now in the shop due to such a fall in the rough and tumble of airport transit. I have advised ThinkTank to add front padding in the next model.

 
5.0

Perfect

By Niclas

from Undisclosed

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

Perfect size, nice on the eye, good quality

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

No padding on front surface

By Phil

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

I love the Retro 7 Velcro front flap, but did not notice when I purchased the bag that the entire front system, having several layers, has absolutely no padding. As such, the bag is unable to absorb energy in a fall from atop a suitcase onto the most likely (front) surface in the rough and tumble of airport transit. My Canon camera and lens are now at the repair shop due to such a fall. I have recommended to TPP that future Retro bags add padding sewn into the front Velcro flap. All other surfaces are already similarly protected. Aside from this critical shortcoming, the Retro bag is a superior product, and I will continue using mine, but with padding "manually" now added to the outer front pocket beneath the Velcro.

 
2.0

Retro bags have no padding in Velcro front cover

By Phil

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone):

The Velcro front flap is a great feature, but with no internal padding on this one surface, the bag is utterly unable to absorb impact energy if the bag falls from atop a suitcase to the most likely (front) surface. My Canon camera and lens are now at the repair factory due to such a fall. I have advised TTP to add front flap padding to future retro models. In the meantime, current owners should add their own padding to the outside front pocket to avoid risks of expensive repair and/or loss of travel photo capability en route to their travel destination.

 
5.0

Great bag

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Black):

Perfect day bag. I was looking for a bag I could use every day that was slim and did not feel like I was carrying around a box that looked like a camera bag (mostly for safety reasons). It's durable and easily fits my Canon 6D with 50mm 1.2 attached, my 24-70mm f/4L, Canon Speedlight 430 EXRT, Rocket blower, and batteries. I actually have a bit more space as well. Great product.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Showing wear after only eight months

By Jim

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Black):

The edge binding on the front flap has begun to pill rather badly after only eight months.  Doesn't look good, looks worn out.  Think Tank should use better or different quality material for the flap edge binding.  Think Tank's recommendation is to use a fabric pill remover. It's still going to wear out, however. Both surprising and disappointing.  Otherwise, a well sized, functional bag. See Wiki for more information on fabric pilling.

 
5.0

Great camera bag

By Jose

from Undisclosed

Comments about Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Black):

The Retrospective 7 is a very well designed camera bag. It is discreet, well made, and fits a lot of gear. I use it with my 5d mkiii, my Carl Zeiss 2,8/21, 1,4/50 and my 180 f3.5L with canon's macro ring lite. Very recommended

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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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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.

(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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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