Think Tank Retrospective 30-BK Large Shoulder Bag - Black

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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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Durable (7),Comfortable strap (6),Lightweight (5),Good protection (4),Compact (3)
Best Uses:
Daily transport (6),Travel (5),Storage (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (5)

Think Tank Features

  • Minimalist outer appearance conceals expensive photo equipment
  • Carries a pro size DSLR with standard zoom lens attached
  • Wider size to fit a 70-200 f2.8 attached to DSLR facing sideways
  • Accommodates 2-4 lenses in main compartment with 2 DSLR bodies in front pockets
  • Two front pockets to carry pro size DSLRs (bodies 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
2 pro size DSLRs (bodies only) in front pockets and 2 - 4 lenses in main compartment, including a 70-200 f2.8
1 pro size DSLR with 70-200 f2.8 attached, facing sideways and 1-2 additional lenses.
Photographer Profile
Photojournalists and travel photographers
Inner Dimension
15" W x 9.5" H x 6" D (38 x 24 x 15.2 cm)
Outer Dimension
16" W x 10.5" H x 7" D (40.6 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm)
Weight
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)
Mfr #
770
SKU
TTR30BK

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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 convenient...

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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.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
5.0

Perfect Daily Camera Bag

By

from Atlanta, GA  -  Pro Photographer

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.

 
5.0

I CARRY THIS BAG EVERYDAY

By

from KENTUCKY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

GREAT EVERYDAY BAG

 
4.0

Great bag

By

from montréal, qc  -  Semi-pro Photographer

use it as a day bag or travel bag can put in many things specialy when need to bring many lens

 
4.0

Think Tank Retrospective

By

from Belmont, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

As a shoulder cam bag, it's functionally great and looks even better. But like all shoulder bags, don't expect to be carrying this around comfortably if you go on long expeditions. I'm a big fan of TT bags, and this one does not disappoint. Great for storing everything and transporting to events, no doubt... but as already noted, definitely not an all day bag.

 
5.0

Excellent bag

By

from Atlanta  -  Pro Photographer

I love this bag. Durable, low-profile, well-built.

 
5.0

Great Carry Gear Bag

By

from Northern New Jersey  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I exchanged a Boda Bag for this bag as I needed to be able to carry lenses AND camera bodies as well as flashes and miscellaneous things. This bag carries it all very well. It's comfortable and cool looking. I don't need to lug my roller around for my smaller shoots as I can store 2 D700 bodies, 3 lenses, 2 SB-900s with room to spare. I can't fit my MBP 15" but I can toss my iPad in there. It's good stuff. I def recommend you check it out if you want a great shoulder bag for your gear to take to small mobile shoots.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This bag has it all!

By

from Arlington, VA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

 
4.0

Great bag, has more room than you think

By

from New York City  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love the bag for it can hold two full size bodies (Nikon D3 and a D200 with battery grip. Lenses: Nikon 70-200 mm, 24-70 mm, 17-35 on camera, SB-800 speed light, strobe cable, Honl strobe reflector, batteries. And I still can fit more stuff in there if I wanted to. It also has a place on the cover where you can carry a monopod. Now for the bad, this bag does not offer the kind of padding to protect your gear if you accidently drop the bag. Nor is there any padding on the cover flap. This bag is great for those who need to have access to equipment on your shoulder or nearby. Also, the strap is very durable and padded; you will need it for I can barley handle weight of all this equipment on my skinny shoulder. I have adjusted the strap so bag leans against my lower back which reduces the pressure on my shoulder. The bag also has small pockets and crevices to store pens and other paraphernalia. The best thing about the bag: it does not yell photography stuff inside!

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