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Think Tank Retrospective 20-BK Tall Shoulder Bag - Black

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About Think Tank Retrospective 20

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.

The Think Tank Retrospective 20 is commonly used for Daily transport, Travel and more.The Think Tank Retrospective 20 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Think Tank Retrospective 20 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Think Tank Retrospective 20: Comfortable strap, Compact, Durable, Good protection and Lightweight

Think Tank Retrospective 20 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 Retrospective 20 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)
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)
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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.

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The bag I've been searching for for year


I used the bag to shoot a wedding and it is perfect for me. It's inconspicuous and classy. You can silence the velcro with cover flaps. This is always a distraction at quiet events-but no more! My Nikon Pro body with 70-200 2.8 lens still attached can be dropped into it with room for another lens or flash.




I wasn't sure about this bag because it is more narrow than some of my other bags but was I surprised! Because it it taller it holds as much if not more than my others. Lots of pockets and extra places to put things. I use this as my everyday bag. Love the fact it doesn't look like a camera bag and holds all I need for a shoot. I carry my DSLR w/ med lens attached, 70-200, flash, cords, cards, blower, and books. So glad I got this bag, wish I had bought a second...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Close to perfection


There isn't a perfect bag, but this one is close to perfection. I have multiple bags, each one for a different purpose, but the Retrospective 20 has definitely replaced most of them. This bag lets me hold a Nikon D600 with battery grip, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II attached, 24-85mm VR, TC-20E III, SB-700 in its case with accessories, extra battery, charger, BlackRapid strap, AA batteries, extra SD cards, some snacks, and there is still space for one medium-size lens or two small lenses.




Use for DSLR with 70-200mm attached. Room for teleconverter, 18-36mm. Easy to carry, unobtrusive, excellent quailty. Love it.




One of the main things to LOVE about this bag is how tall and narrow it is. Most others would be wider and not comfortable to wear in the long run. This is perfect for me - 6'2" 185 pounds but your mileage might vary.


love this bag


This is my best bag yet. I can carry my D90 with battery grip with 24-70 f2.8 attached with my 70-200 f2.8 next to it and SB-910 in the flash pocket. I don't get those weird looks from my 15yr old daughter like I did with the Tamarac backpack either. The flap silencers are great and I had room to throw in some other necessaries in the front pouch. The shoulder strap is WAY comfortable and I love the texture of the fabric. Now I have a bag that holds my everyday gear that does not scream camera geek.


Great camera bag


I use this bag to carry a canon 7d and a attached 70-20mm. The camera and lens fit great with room to spare.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Bad buy


I got this bag and then realized what I really needed was a backpack,so I got a Lowepro instead. I didn't like the Think Tank 20 because its so bulkly and its hard to take my gear out. The front flap is way to long,it needs to be shorter because it gets in the way and is a pain to fold back. This bag needs to be redesigned.


I would buy this product again and again


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


Good bag


This bag has plenty of protection and handles a full frame camera with a 70-200 lense without any problems. Think Tank made the bag so you know the quality is there. My only complaint would be its width but it has to be to accomadate the big lense.

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