Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Review

August 13th, 2013 by Troy Eckburg

The Think Tank Retrospective line has been a hit! If you are considering purchasing a shoulder bag in the near future, these bags should make your short list. My favorite is the Retrospective 7, which fits comfortably between the 5 and 10, but is distinct enough to stand on its own.  With this bag, Think Tank introduced a new color: Blue Slate, which reflects a denim-style hue.  A chic look on the streets that will provide multiple opportunities to catch a hipster salivating over your bag.

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Review



This midsize bag is well-built for DSLRs and features multiple pockets to store equipment.  The padded pocket will protect your 11-inch notebook or iPad and is equipped with high quality YKK zippers too.  Moreover, the customizable velcro dividers let you choose what configuration you want, depending on your photography needs.  In addition, you will no longer be “that guy” when you get into your bag during a workshop session, due to the Sound Silencers that eliminate Velcro rip.  The fully adjustable padded and breathable shoulder strap provides all day support and comfort.  A smaller hand strap allows for quick pick up when needed.  The Retrospective exterior is sand-washed canvas which has a durable water-repellent coating and the bottom is treated with polyurethane for even better water protection.  Just in case you get caught in the rain Think Tank provides a rain protector for your equipment too!



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Equipment Check

The bag itself weighs in around 3lbs and is just the right size for a day excursion  The Retrospective 7 fits a standard DSLR with 2-3 lens and accessories along with a 11-inch laptop or iPad. 


The Retrospective 7 has a simple and clean design that assists the student, traveling photographer, and hobbyist in navigating their projects without drawing a lot of attention to their bag (a Think Tank trademark).  This soft bag does maintains flexibility as it conforms to your body and a single large flap protects your assets from being seen, as well as protects them from the dust and debris.  This ergonomic and attractive bag provides the photographer both convenience and space that is needed.  A high quality bag like the Retrospective 7 is reasonably priced, falling below $160.  So whether you’re a veteran photographer or a young hipster, this bag is a must have!

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Review




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