It is no secret that I am big fan of Think Tank products – especially their Retrospective shoulder bags. They are extremely well made, functional – and they are beautiful bags – period.
A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Retrospective 10 which I liked a lot and used with my multi-body Fujifilm X-Pro1 kit and X100. It worked quite well with my gear, however, I could not easily fit my 11 inch Macbook Air into this bag. I mentioned this to the folks at Think Tank Photo who have just announced their new Retrospective 7 shoulder bag (Amazon.com ~ B&H Photo/Video ~ Adorama). As it turns out, this bag was designed to accommodate the contents of the Retrospective 10 plus an 11 inch Macbook Air (or iPad).
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of the Retrospective 7 recently for review. How did I like it?
Read on to find out…
The Retrospective series now comes in three (3) colours – black, pinestone and blue slate, which is their newest colour. They all look great and are made of high quality fabrics. Think Tank sent me the blue slate version for review which looks fantastic. One thing I really appreciate about these bags is that they do not look like camera bags, which helps when you are trying to be discreet.
The exterior dimensions of the Retrospective 7 are 34.3 cm × 24.1 cm × 17.8 cm (13.5” W x 9.5” H x 7” D) which is slightly smaller (volume wise) than the Retrospective 10. It weighs 0.9 to 1.4 kg (2 to 3 lbs) depending on the number of velcro dividers you use in the bag.
When you lift up the front flap, you will see the velcro that keeps the flap fastened.
Think Tank provides “velcro silencers” which you can use when you want to be absolutely silent and not draw attention to yourself (like in a museum, theatre or church).
As usual, there is a wide, non slip shoulder strap which is extremely comfortable. Unfortunately, the strap does not detach from the bag in the event you wish to use a different strap.
And, for the times you do not wish to use the shoulder strap, you can carry the bag using the built in, adjustable handle.
As with all Think Tank bags, they include a rain cover to further protect your gear from the elements.
The rear pocket of this bag has been designed to comfortably hold an 11 inch Macbook Air (B&H – Amazon – Adorama) or an iPad (as shown above). This means that when I travel, I can take my compact camera system PLUS my Macbook Air and have it all safely stored in a discreet, fashionable and fairly compact bag.
This is what I can store in this bag:
This easily fits into the Retrospective 7. There is even room for 1 or 2 more lenses (again, depending on size) if need be. If you have a multi-body or multi-lens Micro Four Thirds system, Sony NEX system or Samsung NX kit that you need to transport with an 11 inch Macbook Air (or an iPad), this bag fits the bill nicely.
Similar to the Retrospective 10, you can also fit a basic DSLR system into this bag. It is nice to know that when I have a local assignment (and sometimes when I travel too), I can use this same bag take a basic DSLR kit with me – which usually consists of:
All of this fits very nicely with room in the front pocket to spare. Therefore, I can use this bag with either my compact system camera or DSLR kits.
Like other Retrospective bags, there are pockets on the inner ends of the bag to store a flash or other suitable items plus there is the usual (large) front pocket.
An inner zippered pocket is included as shown in the above photo. This is where I keep my passport and other important documents.
If you have an expanded compact camera system or a small DSLR kit (plus accessories) and want to transport them in addition to a Macbook Air (or an iPad), I urge you to check out the Retrospective 7 (Amazon.com ~ B&H Photo/Video ~ Adorama).
It has become my main bag when I want to travel lightly with a laptop computer and a compact system camera kit.
Many thanks to the folks at Think Tank Photo for sending me this bag for review.
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