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About Think Tank Retrospective 5

The Retrospective series is comprised of four shoulder bags and two lens changer bags. Created for the professional photographer that wants to blend in with the crowd and remain inconspicuous in any situation. Our product designers have blended the look and feel of "old-school" camera bags and infused it with "new-school" features and technology for the digital imaging age.

The exterior of each Retrospective shoulder bag is purposefully simple, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment.

The Retrospective 5 also fits a standard size DSLR kit. A compact kit of prime or small zoom lenses fits easily, with one lens attached to the camera body. Pictured here is a Canon 5D with a 16-35 f2.8 attached and a 50 f1.2 beside (with lens hood in position).

The Retrospective 5 easily accommodates a Micro Four Thirds camera system with 3 6 lenses and accessories. Pictured here is an Olympus E-P2 with 17 f2.8 and VF-1 optical viewfinder attached, 14-42 f3.5-5.6, 40-150 f3.5-5.6, FL-14 flash, SEMA-1 external microphone adapter set, VF-2 electronic viewfinder, battery charger and an extra battery.

The "Sound Silencers" underneath the main flap eliminate the loud tearing sound hook-and-loop makes while opening the bag. Simply release the Sound Silencer panels and cover the hook-and-loop strips to prevent the hook-and-loop from contacting. A clear businesscard pocket, for identification and spare cards, is also lo cated under the main flap.

Hook-and-loop panels securely fastens the main flap down, keeping valuable photo equipment hidden from view.

Have a Leica, Zeiss or Voightlander rangefinder system? The smaller size of the Retrospective 5 lends itself well to street photography. Stay nimble and discreet, carrying just what's needed for the day.

The Retrospective 5, 10, 20 and 30 all have an organizer pocket inside the main compartment. It gives photographers enough space for small, but significant, accessories necessary for a successful shoot.

All the dividers inside the bag are removable so the interior can be customized to any photographer's set of gear.

Within the Retrospective 5, 10, 20 and 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.

An expandable pocket on the front of the Retrospective 5 can be used to carry a regular size DSLR body.

A wide storage pocket is located on the back of the Retrospective 5. This pocket can be used to carry small maps, booklets or other paperwork.

The Retrospective 5, 10, 20, and 30 each have a removable carrying handle for convenience.

A fully adjustable, canvas strap is integrated into each 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.

Webbing loops on both sides of the Retrospective 5, 10, 20 and 30 can be used to carry some small Modular, Skin or Multimedia pouches on the side of the bag. Alternatively, a carabiner (not included) can be used to quickly clip accessories to the the sides of the bag as well.

Side pockets on both sides of the Retrospective 5, 10, 20 and 30 can be used to carry smaller water bottles and will even fit some shoe-mounted strobe units.

The seam-sealed rain cover included with the Retrospective 5, 10, 20, and 30 was specially designed to keep the carrying handle andintegrated shoulder strap outside the rain cover without compromising protection from the elements (Retrospective 20 pictured). Viewthe video in the window to the right, to see how to properly attach the rain cover.

All the shoulder bags in the Retrospective series are available in two colors, pinestone or black. Pictured here are the Retrospective 20 in pinestone and the Retrospective Lens Changer 2 in black.

Think Tank Retrospective 5 Features

  • Perfect size for DSLR, Micro Four Thirds, rangefinder camera systems
  • Minimalist outer appearance conceals expensive photo equipment
  • Hook-and-loop "Sound Silencers" on front flap eliminate noise while opening the bag

Think Tank Retrospective 5 Specifications

Gear Profile
1 standard size DSLR with 1-3 lenses and accessories
A complete Micro Four Thirds or rangefinder camera system with 3-6 lenses and accessories
Inner Dimension
9.5" W x 7.8" H x 4.5" D (24 x 19.5 x 11.5 cm)
Outer Dimension
10" W x 8.5" H x 6" D (25.5 x 21.5 x 15 cm)
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
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This Product Is Awesome

I have come to rely on Think Tank Products for all my camera gear. So when it came time to find a bag for my Fujifilm X100, it was natural to look for a Think Tank bag. I love the bag. I just wish it had a little more pockets to organize my accessories. (only a minor problem)

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Best camera bag I have owned


Finally, a camera bag one can slip over the opposite shoulder. Gone is the fear that it is going to slide off and fall to the ground. I have wished for this with every other camera bag I have owned. The build quality of the Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag is exceptional as I have come to expect from ThinkTank. They have provided ample well padded inserts so I can adjust the interior of the bag to fit my specific needs. I love this camera bag.


Best Camera Bag Ever


Thinktank has a reputation for making top notch camera bags and the Retrospective 5 is no exception. All Thinktank bags are extremely well designed plus they have a comfortable strap and a rain cover to keep the camera dry even in a downpour. I did find that I needed to return the bag and order the Retrospective 10 to replace it because it was not large enough to hold my Sony A7R and several lenses, but the key thought here is that I replaced it with a larger Thinktank bag.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Love it,,, perfect for a light day,,,


I wear a women's BlackRapid strap cross-body on one side and I wear my camera bag cross-body on the other side. I use this little bag to throw in 2 extra lenses and several other goodies like wallet, cell, extra battery, extra SD card, business cards, lipstick, small mirror, etc,,, and there is plenty of room for a few other things. Love all the slots and zippered areas on the Think Tank bags. They really design with "organization" in mind.


Exactly right!


It's a compact and anonymous bag that looks good. That's what I wanted for my travels! It does not scream camera bag, nor does it scream expense. What it does do is protect my gear for travel, and allows me to feel more secure. The retrospective 5 fits snugly to my shoulder and does not feel flimsy. I have no fear that my gear will crash to the ground because of a broken strap, and I feel it's less attractive to thieves because it does not shout Nikon or Canon, or such like. So far I easily fit my D7000 with 28-300mm lens attached, plus sd cards, spare battery, cleaning gear and polariser in the bag. I need to fiddle to see if I can also get my 85mm f1.8 in there. That would only be a bonus.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




So sturdily built that it's overkill for its carrying capacity. Strap is hefty enough to lift an elephant; the bag could carry a very small (e.g., mirror-less camera with a couple of lenses) through hell and high water. But it's heavy and not easy to get equipment in and out (the protective flaps are a particular irritant, even if functional). Possibly the heavy canvas material would soften over time and become more flexible, but I didn't wait that long. Needs more separate, zippered pockets.


Perfect small DSLR bag


I use this for my location scouting and storyboarding camera outfit. It's very portable and is large enough for one more lens and a mini tripod. That's all I need. It's been rained on several times now. Still in perfect condition. Recommended.


Perfect Bag for Olympus OM-D


Excellent bag-very well made--perfect for OM-D and lenses.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Product seems poorly thought out


I bought this thanks to hyped up reviews I read on line. The reality was very disappointing. The bag is unusually heavy given its size - about 16 ounces heavier than a similar sized Billingham. The velcro closures are extremely noisy - as expected - but if you use the velcro silencers the bag is left unsecured so if you stumble items can fall out. Or it makes it easy to be pickpocketed. The worst flaw, which made me sell mine (I had kept it too long while my camera/lens order was being fulfilled) is that when it is relatively full, there are openings on both ends that water, dust etc can easily enter the bag. Unless you use the provided rain cover (which is really inconvenient as better bags do not need one), the bag is neither weather nor dust proof. This bag is a fail.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


The perfect 4/3 system bag


I recently purchased an Olympus EM5 and searched the web and local camera stores for a suitable system bag to accommodate the camera, 12-50 zoom, 40-150 zoom 17mm pancake, 45 mm, flash filters etc. The Retrospective 5 was my choice. The bag is very well made in every respect. It easily holds this 4/3 system with plenty of storage space to spare. The side pockets ( both inside and out ) are of little use when the kit described above is loaded in the bag. The extra dividers allow for a high degree of customization. Although the velcro is very noisy, it keeps the flap secure.The silencers are a great idea and work very well. The material and padding are first rate, durable and attractive. The grayish-green Pinestone colour is masculine enough to make a male comfortable with the bag's appearance. The strap is hefty and very comfortable. I have tried the bag with a Nikod DSLR with 18-200 zoom attached and do not recommend the bag for carrying a DSLR. The camera will squeeze in there, but there is little room for anything else. As a 4/3 bag the Retrospective 5 is about as close to perfect as you can get. It looks like a smallish messenger bag and does not advertise the presence of an expensive camera asking to be taken. All said, I am very pleased with the Retrospective 5 . It is a bag designed for a 4/3 system and worth the price because of the thoughtful design and high quality construction


Great bag


Love the style, construction and utility. Just a bit small for full kit of D7000, N80-200, Tokina11-16 and 35/1.8. Tried for a while and returned with Adorama's fabulous return policy. Don't know how durable, but seems like it'll last even with average "abuse."

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