Think Tank Retrospective 10-GR Small Shoulder Bag - Pinestone Cotton Canvas

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The Think Tank Retrospective 10-GR Small Shoulder Bag features simple exterior, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment. The softness and flexibility of the Retrospective 10 easily allows a pro size DSLR to be carried in the main compartment with a lens attached, facing downward. Within the Retrospective 10's 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.

The Retrospective 10 has an organizer pocket inside the main compartment. It gives photographers enough space for small, but significant, accessories necessary for a successful shoot. The expandable pocket(s) on the front of the Retrospective 10 can be used to carry a spare pro size DSLR body or other photo gear. A small hook-and-loop flap folds over the top of the pocket to secure its contents. The Retrospective 10 has only one expandable pocket on the front of the bags.

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 also located under the main flap. The "sound silencers" underneath the main flap are used to suppress the loud tearing sound hook-and-loop makes while opening and closing the bag. Hook-and-loop panels securely fastens the main flap down, keeping valuable photo equipment hidden from view. A wide storage pocket is located on the back of the Retrospective 10. This pocket can be used to carry magazines, newspapers, or other paperwork, depending on the size of the bag. Webbing loops on both sides of the Retrospective 10 can be used to carry some smaller pouches on the bag.

Alternatively, a carabiner (not included) can be used to quickly clip accessories to the sides of the bag as well. Side pockets on both sides of the Retrospective 10 can be used to carry smaller water bottles and will even fit some shoe-mounted strobe units. A fully adjustable, canvas strap is integrated into this Retrospective 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. The Retrospective 10 has a removable carrying handle for convenience. The seam-sealed rain cover included with the Retrospective 10 was specially designed to keep the carrying handle and integrated shoulder strap outside the rain cover without compromising protection from the elements.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Comfortable strap (10),Durable (10),Good protection (9),Compact (7),Lightweight (4)
Best Uses:
Travel (9),Daily transport (8),Storage (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10)

Think Tank Features

  • Minimalist outer appearance conceals expensive photo equipment
  • Carries a pro size DSLR with standard zoom lens attached
  • Accommodates 2-4 lenses in main compartment with DSLR body in front pocket
  • Front pocket fits a pro size DSLR (body only)
  • Organizer pocket built into main compartment for pens, note pad, batteries, etc.
  • Hook and Loop "Sound Silencers" on the front flap eliminate noise while opening the bag
  • Soft, adjustable shoulder strap with cushioned non-slip pad
  • Clear business card holder under front flap
  • Removable short carrying handle for convenience

Think Tank Specifications

Gear Profile
1 pro size DSLR with standard zoom lens attached and 1 - 3 additional lenses
1 pro size DLSR (body only) in front pocket and 2 - 4 lenses in main compartment
Photographer Profile
Photojournalists and travel photographers
Inner Dimension
12" W x 9.5" H x 6" D (30.5 x 24 x 15.2 cm)
Outer Dimension
13" W x 10.5" H x 7" D (33 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm)
Weight
3 lbs (1.4 kg)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Almost bullet-proof

My wife and I recently backpacked around Malaysia for 3 weeks. I needed a bag for daily use for the camera as well as for valuable items, such has passport, phone, money, airline tickets, water bottle, snacks etc. The weather was uncomfortable: 28 celsius every night and 36 celsius every day. The humidity was constantly between 90 and 100 percent. We travelled in buses, boats, trains, cars, aeroplanes and walked the crowded streets and alleys. I took 1400 pictures and the camera almost melted...

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My wife and I recently backpacked around Malaysia for 3 weeks. I needed a bag for daily use for the camera as well as for valuable items, such has passport, phone, money, airline tickets, water bottle, snacks etc. The weather was uncomfortable: 28 celsius every night and 36 celsius every day. The humidity was constantly between 90 and 100 percent. We travelled in buses, boats, trains, cars, aeroplanes and walked the crowded streets and alleys. I took 1400 pictures and the camera almost melted. Hence, this bag got a real workout. I wanted to be sure that nothing was stolen on the street or on crowded public transport. But, the Malaysians are beautiful people and I doubt whether they would steal anything. This bag would survive a war zone. With the large velcro pads to seal it up, anyone trying to get into it would be heard a mile away. The velcro is far, far better than zips. The impenetrability of the Retrospective 10 is both its greatest strength and greatest weakness. Getting a DSLR out in a hurry wasn't always done quickly. And for that I am thankful because I still have my camera and my memories. Everything about the bag is toughly made and, importantly, it is an anonymous looking object. The strap cannot be cut through. You cannot pull this bag apart. It cannot be pulled off your body. It is absolutely theft-proof and the attachable rain cover really does work. All the compartments are well sealed and hidden. It has 2 zippered pockets, one deep inside and one outside between the bag and your body. Both were unnoticeable. People carry on about the weight of this style of camera bag. Empty it is considerably light. It is the camera and everything else you stuff into it which makes it heavy. The strap is fantastic, but your shoulder really feels it after a few hours. Again, this is not the bag's problem. Yes, the Retrospective 10 is a biggish item and might be out of proportion for a small person to wear. I am big. I had no problems. I have only one suggestion to make. If it is not packed to full capacity, when you pull down the large outside flap, the matching velcro pads almost miss each other and they become about 5 percent effective. At the very least, the pads need to be extended to the bottom of the front of the bag. Some redesigning would be helpful. The inside material is strong, smooth and slippery. Nothing tore or wore through or got punctured. Rain did not get in. And, oddly enough, in the extreme humidity, it remained remarkably clean. This is a stunning item. I have been travelling and taking pictures for decades and I have seen nothing like it. Thank you Think Tank.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great bag--consider the raincover

It's a great shooter's bag until you put the raincover on; with that on it's a storage bag. The raincover takes a while to get on too...so you better put it on early. It doesn't cover the back of the bag. Many users on forums (POTN) have thanked TT customer service. Recommend the bag, provided you consider the raincover and how it changes the way the bag functions.

Reviewed by 13 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Absolutely love this bag!

By

from Canton, MA  -  Pro Photographer

The interior accessories pocket is tight and not very deep compared to the Retrospective 20. If you use a 70-200mm sparingly (aka not needing it as a primary lens) then this is the bag for you. If your primary lens is a 70-200mm f2.8 or f4; recommend that you use the Retrospective 20. The Retrospective 10 will be a bit shallow and tight for a mounted 70-200mm.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great bag

By

from Upstate NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Love the style, construction and utility. Holds my for full kit of D7000, N80-200, Tokina11-16 and 35/1.8. Probably could get another lens and flash in. Oh, plus accessories (card,battery, pen, paper...) Tried for a while and returned with Adorama's fabulous return policy. Don't know how durable, but seems like it'll last even with average "abuse." Getting the 7. Wanted to carry iPad or small laptop occasionally.

 
4.0

Good for the streets

By

from Santa Cruz, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

It's really great bag and tough as nails. I care the bag with me everywhere I go and even to work. There isn't even a lose thread anywhere. I normally a Low Pro user but heard the rage on Think Tank and had to give em a try. Not disappointed at all.

 
3.0

Great bag--consider the raincover

By

from Toronto Canada  -  Semi-pro Photographer

It's a great shooter's bag until you put the raincover on; with that on it's a storage bag. The raincover takes a while to get on too...so you better put it on early. It doesn't cover the back of the bag. Many users on forums (POTN) have thanked TT customer service. Recommend the bag, provided you consider the raincover and how it changes the way the bag functions.

 
4.0

Love this bag!

By

from Jacksonville, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great bag for camera, 1 extra lens, flash and accesories. love the "worn" canvas look. Positioning the internal dividers is a pain.

 
5.0

Think Tank does it again

By

from Seattle WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have a Think tank Retrospective 30 that I use when traveling on a plane. I needed something smaller for going out and shooting around town. This fit what I needed. I can fit 3 lenses in it and my camera body, plus all needed extras. I recommend this bag to anyone wanting something that doesn't call out, I am a Camera bag.

 
5.0

Wow! What a great bag.

By

from Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

This was the perfect travel bag for me. It contained all the equipment I needed. It has a comfortable strap and is easy to carry. It does not look like a billboard for camera equipment.

 
5.0

Great Bag for Traveling Light

By

from Farmington, MN  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this bag for walking around with minimal but necessary gear. I can carry a D7K with lens attached plus 2 other lenses and a speedlight, as well as other small items (filters, cleaning cloths, etc) I have several other bags for carrying more gear, but for light travel, this is the one.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Almost bullet-proof

By

from Canberra, Australia  -  Photo Enthusiast

My wife and I recently backpacked around Malaysia for 3 weeks. I needed a bag for daily use for the camera as well as for valuable items, such has passport, phone, money, airline tickets, water bottle, snacks etc. The weather was uncomfortable: 28 celsius every night and 36 celsius every day. The humidity was constantly between 90 and 100 percent. We travelled in buses, boats, trains, cars, aeroplanes and walked the crowded streets and alleys. I took 1400 pictures and the camera almost melted. Hence, this bag got a real workout. I wanted to be sure that nothing was stolen on the street or on crowded public transport. But, the Malaysians are beautiful people and I doubt whether they would steal anything. This bag would survive a war zone. With the large velcro pads to seal it up, anyone trying to get into it would be heard a mile away. The velcro is far, far better than zips. The impenetrability of the Retrospective 10 is both its greatest strength and greatest weakness. Getting a DSLR out in a hurry wasn't always done quickly. And for that I am thankful because I still have my camera and my memories. Everything about the bag is toughly made and, importantly, it is an anonymous looking object. The strap cannot be cut through. You cannot pull this bag apart. It cannot be pulled off your body. It is absolutely theft-proof and the attachable rain cover really does work. All the compartments are well sealed and hidden. It has 2 zippered pockets, one deep inside and one outside between the bag and your body. Both were unnoticeable. People carry on about the weight of this style of camera bag. Empty it is considerably light. It is the camera and everything else you stuff into it which makes it heavy. The strap is fantastic, but your shoulder really feels it after a few hours. Again, this is not the bag's problem. Yes, the Retrospective 10 is a biggish item and might be out of proportion for a small person to wear. I am big. I had no problems. I have only one suggestion to make. If it is not packed to full capacity, when you pull down the large outside flap, the matching velcro pads almost miss each other and they become about 5 percent effective. At the very least, the pads need to be extended to the bottom of the front of the bag. Some redesigning would be helpful. The inside material is strong, smooth and slippery. Nothing tore or wore through or got punctured. Rain did not get in. And, oddly enough, in the extreme humidity, it remained remarkably clean. This is a stunning item. I have been travelling and taking pictures for decades and I have seen nothing like it. Thank you Think Tank.

 
4.0

Great bag

By

from columbus, oh  -  Pro Photographer

This bag is great for lenses and flashes. My wife has a shootsac and i wanted something like it but a little more room for our 70-200mm. this bag has plenty of space for that lens and more. always have this during a shoot now .

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
KELLY D  It is a well-made bag, perfect for a DSLR with a couple of walkaround lenses. It is also an inconspicuous bag - it looks no different than a canvas messenger bag, the same as you'll see in any major city.
Shopper  Is the only difference between this version and the black one the color?
FREDRICK G  As far as I know they are both the same. I love the Pinestone color as it doesn't look like the typical black camera bag. There is a raincover so don't worry about it getting wet.
Shopper  How about protection for the gear? Can it be banged around to some extent without the equipment inside being damaged? How does it compare to the ultra-light V2.0 in terms of capacity and safety?
IRWIN S  I am not certain as to how to answer this question. I have carried the Retrospective 10 from home to car to site. I have also brought it on airplanes, stuffed it in overheads and under the seat in front. The bag withstands everything I have put it through and still looks great!! There are separators and pockets galore so that your gear doesn't have to be banging into each other. I haven't rolled it off of the edge into the Grand Canyon so I don't know if it will be that protective. This is a great day bag that probably won't be big enough for all of your kit. I don't have an ultra-light V2.0 but that is a back-pack and the Retrospective a shoulder bag. I also think that the capacity of the V2.0 is greater then the R-10.
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