Think Tank Retrospective 30-GR Large Shoulder Bag - Pinestone Cotton Canvas

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The Think Tank Retrospective 30-GR 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

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Durable (9),Comfortable strap (8),Good protection (7),Lightweight (3)
Too bulky (3)
Best Uses:
Daily transport (8),Travel (7),Storage (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4),Pro photographer (3)

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)
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)

Reviews about this item

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(based on 9 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Best shoulder bag period

I have owned about every shoulder bag there is. This ThinkTank 30 is the best I have ever used. It's a larger bag but not huge and best of all for it's size it holds a lot more gear than you would think. I can get two bodies 7D plus 50D with each body attached with 100-400 and 70-200 2.8 plus room enough for the 258-135

Reviewed by 9 customers


Great bag with lots of storage


from chattanooga, tn.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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!


Great bag, a bit heavy though


from Orange County, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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 Camera Bag


from Palisades Park, NJ  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Great Bag!


from Nashville, TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The bag is perfect


from Nyack, NY  -  Pro Photographer

Love it for my everyday use. When I get to a shoot I know I will have all that I need.


Fantastic Bag


from New York  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great bag. Holds a ton of stuff. Very very well made.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect travel bag


from Cha-am, Thailand  -  Pro Photographer

Fantastic bag in my opinion. I live in Thailand and it puts up to some serious abuse in some rough conditions. It draws little attention as a lot of people carry canvas should bags. It's great for daily use just going around town, storing other things in the bag along with my G12. If I head out for a short trip I can fit a small equipment set up and a change of clothes for the weekend. It's comfortable the majority of the time, obviously if you pack the thing to the point of over flowing it will get heavy, but that's the case with any bag.The ability to arrange the compartments is fantastic. Think Tank always delivers with practical equipment.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent bag, think tank gets it!


from New Jersey  -  Pro Photographer

This bag is a great bag and really useful if you are in quiet locations and want to have 3-4 lenses and possibly and extra body. I can carry all of my working gear in this one bag, it's got that much storage space! The quiet mode is nice for indoor shots or when you don't want to attract attention to yourself, like on the subway or bus. Two thumbs way up!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Best shoulder bag period


from tulalip wa  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have owned about every shoulder bag there is. This ThinkTank 30 is the best I have ever used. It's a larger bag but not huge and best of all for it's size it holds a lot more gear than you would think. I can get two bodies 7D plus 50D with each body attached with 100-400 and 70-200 2.8 plus room enough for the 258-135


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
KELLY D  It is a well-made bag with lots of storage space. However, it is not obviously a camera bag - to the contrary, it looks like a standard messenger bag, albeit a bit large.
Shopper  does a macbook pro 15.4'' fit in this bag?
RUBEN B  Yes, it does.
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