A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Think Tank Retrospective 5 (Amazon – Adorama – B&H Photo/Video) – which I planned to use exclusively with my compact camera (CSC) system – namely, a Fujifilm X-Pro1, 3 lenses and accessories. It is extremely well made bag and looks like it is build to last. My CSC kit fits just perfectly in it making it easy to transport it anywhere.
In addition to my X-Pro1 kit, I started to take my Fujifilm X100 along when traveling (or even shooting locally) because of its unique design and 35mm (equivalent) focal length. I also plan to expand the X-Pro1 system soon with another camera body plus new lenses (when Fujifilm releases them) in the future. Unfortunately, I will be unable to fit all of this into the Retrospective 5.
I noticed Think Tank Photo had a bigger brother to this bag – namely the Retrospective 10 (Amazon – Adorama – B&H Photo/Video). I contacted them and asked what they thought of my plan to put an expanded CSC kit in this bag, so they kindly sent me a copy to evaluate.
The Pinestone version I have (shown here), is made of a gorgeous, soft, yet durable material. It also comes in black and blue slate which are both very nice (although, I have a soft spot for the Pinestone version). It is lightweight (1.4 kg -or- 3 lbs), medium sized shoulder bag (exterior dimensions are 33 cm x 26.7 cm x 17.8 cm -or- 13” W x 10.5” H x 7” D).
When you lift up the front flap, you will see the Velcro that keeps the flap in place. You have the option of using the “silencers” over the Velcro, if quiet operation is important to you. As shown above, there is a place for your business card or ID tag.
A wide and very comfortable strap is provided. The only drawback with it is that it cannot be removed if you prefer to use another strap.
Also, a handle at the top of the bag is provided if you would prefer to carry the Retrospective 10 that way.
ThinkTank usually supplies a rain cover for most of their bags and the Retrospective 10 is no exception. It folds up neatly in a pouch for storage and it is really simple to use it when needed.
Think Tank states that you can fit a pro-level DSLR plus 2-3 lenses (depending on their size) plus accessories into this bag and it is true. A generous number of Velcro inserts are provided so you can customize the bag any way you’d like.
My main use for this bag is for a CSC kit, however, it is nice to know that I can easily transport a small, but useful DSLR kit too.
I am obsessed with, and usually travel with compact system cameras CSC).
At present, this is what I currently own and wish to put into this bag (shown in the photo below):
This easily fits into the Retrospective 10. There is even room for at least 2-3 more lenses (again, depending on size) if need be.
I plan to purchase a second X-Pro1 camera body later this year and if I remove my X100, I can easily store this camera (with a small lens attached such as the 18mm f/2) in the bag – plus there is room for another lens (perhaps even two more). So, for those times when I need a multi-body, multi-lens CSC kit, this bag will fit the bill nicely.
Other than the main compartment, there several other areas where you can store items.
To my surprise, I was able to fit (very easily I might add) an iPad into the front pocket, but there is not a lot of padding, so be careful not to knock the front of the bag too hard. You can put the iPad (or similar tablet computer) in a protective case which will help protect it when placed in this pocket.
I tried to put my 11 inch Macbook Air (Amazon – Adorama – B&H Photo/Video) into this pocket (as shown above) – it was a very tight fit. I really don’t recommend doing this as I suspect you could damage the Macbook Air due to the lack of padding plus it sticks out too much for my liking. Also, closing the bag was awkward with the the Macbook Air in it.
There are pockets on the inner ends of the bag to store a small flash or other suitable items. An inner zippered pocket is included as shown in the above photo.
Between the main compartment and the front pocket is another storage area that I use for batteries, memory cards, pens, etc. I was surprised by how many smaller items you could store, so be careful not to overfill it (it will bulge and reduce the storage capacity of the main compartment).
A convenient rear zippered pocket is great for storing flat items such as manuals, books, maps, your passport, etc.
There are even side pockets – I tried to get a bottle of water into it (as shown above), but it was a painful process as it is a tight fit. I would recommend only putting smaller items in them such as pens or a flashlight.
So, if you have an expanded compact camera system and are looking for bag that can accommodate two bodies and several lenses (plus accessories), I urge you to check out the Think Tank Retrospective 10 – I really think you will like it. You can get it from our sponsors, Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo/Video.
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