Think Tank Retrospective 5 Review – by Laia Prats

Laia Prats
Laia Prats is a freelance graphic and web designer based in New York City. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, she moved to New York in 2006 after graduating in Graphic Design & Art Direction. Laia co-founded the Photo Brigade with her husband Robert Caplin and is currently editor and designer of the website.
 

Think Tank Retrospective 5

Last month my husband (Robert Caplin) and I traveled to Hawaii on a two-week vacation/business trip. While he packed his gear into a Think Tank Retrospective 7 (read his recent review here), I felt the need to find a smaller bag that would fit a few of my cameras and accessories. That includes a 1970’s Yashica Mat-124G (recently found in my parents’ closet) with several rolls of film, as well as my Canon s100, with an extra battery and charger.

Being married to a photographer and not being a professional myself, most people wouldn’t bother packing a camera. But I love photography and I’ve recently discovered a new fondness for medium format, so I couldn’t leave my cameras at home, especially for a trip like this.

Think Tank Retrospective 5

When Robert mentioned using the Think Tank Restrospective 5, it immediately seemed like the perfect bag for me to take on that trip.

The Restrospective 5 is a small shoulder bag that comes in pinestone, blue slate, or black colors. Robert got the Retrospective 7 in blue and I got mine in pinestone, which is a pretty shade of gray. The bag is soft and it has a big flap that folds over the front and it comes with “sound silencers”, a cool feature for those times when you don’t want the loud sound of velcro to draw attention every time you open your bag.

Think Tank Retrospective 5

The bag has many different pockets and compartments and it comes with dividers to customize your needs. I was surprised at the number of things I was able to fit in it while keeping it compact and organized. I packed both cameras, extra SD cards, extra battery, battery charger, several rolls of film, wallet, iPhone + charger, Kindle, tissues, lip balm, keys… and I’m probably forgetting something.

Think Tank Retrospective 5

Think Tank Retrospective 5

Think Tank Retrospective 5

The shoulder strap is easy to adjust and it has a cushioned pad that slides along the strap for extra comfort. There are strips of non-slip material along the strap’s padding to keep the strap from sliding off your shoulder.

Lastly, the bag also comes with a rain cover, which is nice but I haven’t had the need to use yet.

Overall it’s a very nice little bag that seems like it’s built to last. I highly recommend it for anybody from novice to professional who wants to carry a minimal amount of gear.

Think Tank Retrospective 5

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