The Think Tank Retrospective 30-BK Large Shoulder Bag features simple exterior, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment. The softness and flexibility of the Retrospective 30 easily allows a pro size DSLR to be carried in the main compartment with a lens attached, facing downward. The Retrospective 30 can fit some telephoto zoom lenses attached to a DSLR, facing sideways in the bag. Within the Retrospective 30'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 30 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 30 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 30 has two expandable pockets 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 30. 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 30 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 30 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 30 has a removable carrying handle for convenience. The seam-sealed rain cover included with the Retrospective 30 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 30 is commonly used for Daily transport, Travel and more.The Think Tank Retrospective 30 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Think Tank Retrospective 30 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Think Tank Retrospective 30: Comfortable strap, Durable, Good protection and Lightweight
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This bag has it all!
I have probably used every bag out there over the years...I am 66. I had to shift back to auto focus from my Leica M gear because of my eye sight. I needed to move from a very small bag (Domke J-803) to something capable of handling a 5D Mark II and three lenses. WOW....was I please with all the room in Retrospective 30, the protection for the equipment, its relative light weight and the VERY quiet appearance...not a camera bag look at all. The ThinkTank folks have thought of every conven...View full Review
I have probably used every bag out there over the years...I am 66. I had to shift back to auto focus from my Leica M gear because of my eye sight. I needed to move from a very small bag (Domke J-803) to something capable of handling a 5D Mark II and three lenses. WOW....was I please with all the room in Retrospective 30, the protection for the equipment, its relative light weight and the VERY quiet appearance...not a camera bag look at all. The ThinkTank folks have thought of every convenient and safety feature. And, there is so much available space, this will be the flight carry on as well. But, the bag isn't huge...just perfect in so many ways. It's a winner in my book.
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I have different bags for different needs. When I'm traveling via airlines I like to travel as light as possible. However, I needed a bag to suit my needs for those long days of photographing and could accommodate other daily needs. This bag fits all of my needs for that 12+ hour day of photography. Think about that time where you may have thought of needing a bag that could hold snacks, bottled water (or beverage of choice), iPad or some other tablet, several prosumer or professional DSLRs and 5 to 7 lenses, and pretty much any accessory that you would need. It is big, yes, but the best part is it doesn't scream, "HEY, I'M A PHOTOGRAPHER!" The only issue I can see running into is making the bag to heavy as one puts in a good amount of gear and is startled to see they have so much room still. If you need a bag that does it all and you want to be comfortable to carry, the Retrospective 30 is the answer.
I use to own a Kelly Moore Posey bag and thought that was super heavy to carry around all day shooting weddings. I searched for a new bag that would not weigh as much but would still hold up my gear and be durable. I also started shooting film and wanted a bag that would carry my complete system and all the accessories included. I really like the think tank retrospective 30. I can fit my medium format system w/3 lens plus 2 other slr film cameras in it. It is heavy. But once I pull out the gear I'm working with, the bag isn't as heavy. The strap really makes a difference in comfort when carrying the bag all day. I also like all the pockets this bag has. The front pockets are perfect for my film backs and light meter where I can easily get to it. I love the inside pockets for the water bottle. I hate having my water bottle visible while shooting a wedding and this bag hides it. I now use this bag each time I shoot and even when I travel. I switch shoulders now and then but overall, compared to the bags I've worked with, I am so much happier with Think Tank and highly recommend this bag. I ordered a used black one but somehow got pinestone. I ended up keeping it because I love this bag and because Adorama ended up working with me on the issue.
I love this bag because it is seemingly bullet proof and has tons of pockets for storage. The strap is comfortable compared to many, and the layout is great. I also love the silencers on the velcro closures when I don't want that ripping sound in an area where that would be unacceptable, like a church, or other such place. Love the rain cover too!
This a great bag with a lot of upsides, but it can become very heavy with equipment and the strap is not as comfortable as I had hoped. I used this bag for the first time on a trip to Iceland and have since used the bag while shooting at home. The bag was difficult to travel with because of the size and the uncomfortable strap. Overall, I am still happy with the bag but it's not the travel bag I had hoped for.
GREAT EVERYDAY BAG
The Retrospective 30 is a get bag for people who want to travel light but have need to carry extra bodies and lenses. This was perfect for me because I take my family out on weekend outings. The inconspicuous bag makes it look like a travel shoulder bag and I am less worried about people eyeing the gear (it can even pass as a diaper bag). This is a great bag that has ample room and features that both pros and casual photographers will benefit and enjoy.
This bag is huge--it holds all my gear with room to spare. But, it's also heavy. But I love the bag so much, I bought a Retrospective 10 as a "walk-around" bag. The Retrospective bags are attractive but do not scream "camera inside," which is nice. Very solidly built, right down to the high-quality zippers and velcro--I'm sure it will last a lifetime, thereby justifying the somewhat high cost.
use it as a day bag or travel bag can put in many things specialy when need to bring many lens
Great bag. Holds a ton of stuff. Very very well made.
Love it for my everyday use. When I get to a shoot I know I will have all that I need.