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About Think Tank

The Think Tank Retrospective 20-BK Tall Shoulder Bag features simple exterior, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment. The softness and flexibility of the Retrospective 20 easily allows a pro size DSLR to be carried in the main compartment with a lens attached, facing downward. The taller shape of the Retrospective 20 fits a pro size DSLR with a 70-200 f2.8 lens attached, facing downward. Within the Retrospective 20'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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20. 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 20 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 20 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 20 has a removable carrying handle for convenience. The seam-sealed rain cover included with the Retrospective 20 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 (9),Durable (9),Good protection (8),Lightweight (6),Compact (5)
Best Uses:
Daily transport (7),Travel (7),Storage (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (5),Photo enthusiast (4)

Think Tank Features

  • Minimalist outer appearance conceals expensive photo equipment
  • Carries a pro size DSLR with standard zoom lens attached
  • Taller size to fit a 70-200 f2.8 lens detached from camera
  • 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, including a 70-200 f2.8
1 pro size DLSR (body only) in front pocket and 2 - 4 lenses in main compartment, including a 70-200 f2.8
Photographer Profile
Photojournalists and travel photographers
Inner Dimension
12" W x 11.75" H x 6" D (30.5 x 29.8 x 15.2 cm)
Outer Dimension
13" W x 12.5" H x 7" D (33 x 31.7 x 17.8 cm)
Weight
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Strong basics but weak details, and expe

I own the Think Tank Urban Disguise 30, which is a marvel of compact capacity and extremely well-thought-out details. I bought the Retrospective 20 at Adorama for basically two reasons: adding a battery grip to my Nikon D300 made it too big to get in and out of the UD30, and I needed sufficient depth for the D300 attached to the 70-200 VR Zoom. The Retro 20 satisfies both these needs admirably. Other positives are the extremely comfortable shoulder strap, and Think Tank's incredible steadines...

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I own the Think Tank Urban Disguise 30, which is a marvel of compact capacity and extremely well-thought-out details. I bought the Retrospective 20 at Adorama for basically two reasons: adding a battery grip to my Nikon D300 made it too big to get in and out of the UD30, and I needed sufficient depth for the D300 attached to the 70-200 VR Zoom. The Retro 20 satisfies both these needs admirably. Other positives are the extremely comfortable shoulder strap, and Think Tank's incredible steadiness that, despite the bag's height, it is stable on the ground and does not tip over easily, even with the top-heavy D300 atop the 70-200 zoom. Unpadded but very handy internal side pockets for flashes, on either side of the main compartment, are a great touch I haven't found in any other bag.Now to the negatives.I stated that the bag has inadequate protection. By this I don't criticize that this is not a roll-down-the-stairway protecting bag. It is plainly a shooting bag for fast access at events, and not meant to compete with a hard case or a thickly padded travel case. The lack of protection I criticize is the lack of a closing latch. The main compartment has only noisy velcro closure, with thoughtful blocking flaps that cancel the velcro noise. Trouble is, in this silent mode, the bag has no closure at all. To me, this is an invitation for disaster. Has Think Tank not considered that camera bags are sometimes placed on high shelves or in overhead compartments in airplanes, or that it's possible to simply place the bag on its side on a table and then grab it in a distracted hurry? A second negative is the nearly useless side compartments, which are not stretchy, flexible pouches as in the UD30, but rigid pockets into which you can only drop slim items such as iphones, filters or card holders, that you then have to struggle to fish out if they are not tall enough to stick out. Pack the main compartment snuggly, and these side pockets tighten to the point of becoming nearly inaccessible. Why did Think Tank, with such great side pockets for its Urban Disguise line, take such an obvious step backwards on the Retro 20?Another curious omission is the lack of any zipper compartment in the main flap. On the UD30, a zippered compartment across the front of the main flap is my go-to compartment for fast-access items like business cards and memory cards. On the Retro 20, the huge main flap has nothing at all as far as storage with outside access, a crying waste. So, despite these shortcomings, why am I happy with this bag? Because the big-mouth access, depth for long lenses and standing stability are a combination I have not found in any other bag. It's great as a shooting bag for events.I live in Costa Rica, where there's easy access to materials and sewing shops for customizing photo bags. So I added a good plastic snap attached to 2 inch black straps which gives me a factory-looking snap closure. What doesn't look factory, is two cordura zippered pouches I attached to the main flap, a big one inside for a vest or light jacket that adds top padding for the equipment, and a small one outside for business and memory cards. The designer of this bag would probably cry at the desecration of his clean lines, but my main criticism of this bag is that Think Tank went overboard in emphasizing stylish design over accessory-level functionality.A last comment is on value. If this bag had cost $60, I could consider it just a starting point for customization and not mind the shortcomings. But the bag costs [$] and doesn't even provide secure low-noise closure. Hay, caramba!So, five stars for storage effectiveness and speed of access to the main equipment, three stars for poor closure of the main compartment and mediocre storage and access for accessories, and two stars for value. That averages out to 3.33 stars. But, hey, give Think Tank a break for overall construction quality, and round it up to four stars overall.

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
5.0

I would buy this product again and again

By

from Staten Island NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Walking around the city or going on vacation this is the bag to take.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again

By

from Staten Island NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use it every time I go out shooting.It's a great bag.

 
5.0

Like a Tank

By

from nj  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Wow, I have 2 of these and they are the best shoulderbags ever. I would buy these over any lowepro messenger any day. I bought this bag for my larger cameras, however the retro 20 fits alot also. Easily fits a 1dmk4 with 70-200 attached, plus 2-3 other smaller L lenses. Can be a bit heavy on the shoulder but who cares...love these bags to death and i would highly recomend this bag to anyone with a larger lens or pro body.

 
5.0

Really great bag!

By

from Cincinnati, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

I wanted a small bag for basic shoots that would hold a full size DSLR with a medium size zoom attached so the camera was ready to go when I pulled it out of the bag. This is it! Plus plenty of room for more lenses, speed lights, and many small accessories. I am very happy with it.

 
5.0

Perfect!

By

from Malmö, Sweden  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use it every day. I have room for my d300 and 3 lenses + my ipdad. So far I cant't find a reason to why not recommend this bag.

 
5.0

great

By

from Paradise, CA  -  Pro Photographer

great product

 
5.0

Amazing how much stuff this bag holds!

By

from Calgary, Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have a lot of camera bags... none ever lived up to my expectations.... until now! This bag holds everything! My photographer friends were amazed when I started pulling gear out of the bag. Sigma 150-500mm.. Camera with 70-200mm f2.8 attached... 18-200mm lens... 105mm f2.8 macro.... 11-16 f2.8. All that in the main compartment. The front pocket holds all my batteries, memory cards, camera manual, etc. This is the only bag I'll ever need! And its stylish too!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Strong basics but weak details, and expe

By

from San josé, Costa Rica  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I own the Think Tank Urban Disguise 30, which is a marvel of compact capacity and extremely well-thought-out details. I bought the Retrospective 20 at Adorama for basically two reasons: adding a battery grip to my Nikon D300 made it too big to get in and out of the UD30, and I needed sufficient depth for the D300 attached to the 70-200 VR Zoom. The Retro 20 satisfies both these needs admirably. Other positives are the extremely comfortable shoulder strap, and Think Tank's incredible steadiness that, despite the bag's height, it is stable on the ground and does not tip over easily, even with the top-heavy D300 atop the 70-200 zoom. Unpadded but very handy internal side pockets for flashes, on either side of the main compartment, are a great touch I haven't found in any other bag.Now to the negatives.I stated that the bag has inadequate protection. By this I don't criticize that this is not a roll-down-the-stairway protecting bag. It is plainly a shooting bag for fast access at events, and not meant to compete with a hard case or a thickly padded travel case. The lack of protection I criticize is the lack of a closing latch. The main compartment has only noisy velcro closure, with thoughtful blocking flaps that cancel the velcro noise. Trouble is, in this silent mode, the bag has no closure at all. To me, this is an invitation for disaster. Has Think Tank not considered that camera bags are sometimes placed on high shelves or in overhead compartments in airplanes, or that it's possible to simply place the bag on its side on a table and then grab it in a distracted hurry? A second negative is the nearly useless side compartments, which are not stretchy, flexible pouches as in the UD30, but rigid pockets into which you can only drop slim items such as iphones, filters or card holders, that you then have to struggle to fish out if they are not tall enough to stick out. Pack the main compartment snuggly, and these side pockets tighten to the point of becoming nearly inaccessible. Why did Think Tank, with such great side pockets for its Urban Disguise line, take such an obvious step backwards on the Retro 20?Another curious omission is the lack of any zipper compartment in the main flap. On the UD30, a zippered compartment across the front of the main flap is my go-to compartment for fast-access items like business cards and memory cards. On the Retro 20, the huge main flap has nothing at all as far as storage with outside access, a crying waste. So, despite these shortcomings, why am I happy with this bag? Because the big-mouth access, depth for long lenses and standing stability are a combination I have not found in any other bag. It's great as a shooting bag for events.I live in Costa Rica, where there's easy access to materials and sewing shops for customizing photo bags. So I added a good plastic snap attached to 2 inch black straps which gives me a factory-looking snap closure. What doesn't look factory, is two cordura zippered pouches I attached to the main flap, a big one inside for a vest or light jacket that adds top padding for the equipment, and a small one outside for business and memory cards. The designer of this bag would probably cry at the desecration of his clean lines, but my main criticism of this bag is that Think Tank went overboard in emphasizing stylish design over accessory-level functionality.A last comment is on value. If this bag had cost $60, I could consider it just a starting point for customization and not mind the shortcomings. But the bag costs [$] and doesn't even provide secure low-noise closure. Hay, caramba!So, five stars for storage effectiveness and speed of access to the main equipment, three stars for poor closure of the main compartment and mediocre storage and access for accessories, and two stars for value. That averages out to 3.33 stars. But, hey, give Think Tank a break for overall construction quality, and round it up to four stars overall.

 
5.0

Great Bag & as always fantastic Quality

By

from Valley Center, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This bag is my new perfect daily use bag. I do a lot of shooting of outdoor activities and it works great for my purpose. Everything I need is on my shoulder and I do not have to set it down to change lenses new battery, or etc.

 
5.0

Early Adopter

By

from Redwood City, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

When Think Tank first announced this bag I ordered one. Glad to see Adorama carrying it now. This looked like the perfect bag for me and it is. It does everything the description says. Plus I find I can actually carry more than the specs say. I love that I can carry what I want for a days shoot. It fits comfortably over my shoulder like a good messenger bag and gives me easy access to everything while I am on the move. I still have my other bags, but this is my daily go-to bag as I expected it would be.

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