Think Tank Retrospective 5 Review, Pros and Cons

Think Tank Retrospective 5 is rated 4.46 based on 78 reviews


Feature Summary


Think Tank Retrospective 5 - Black
  • 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


Reviews Summary


Here’s what the reviewers think about the Think Tank Retrospective 5:

Reviewers like these things about the Think Tank Retrospective 5

  • A lot of users thought that the materials, textures, colors, and shapes used in the Think Tank Retrospective pack are all very subtle and simple.
  • Other users noted that it does not attract much attention at first glance, but closely, it is a very well-sorted and sophisticated-looking object.
  • Many of those who have tried the pack noted that it is a properly made shoulder bag and everything in it feels quite premium.
  • Several users observed that it is exceptionally rugged and strong.
  • Reviewers have felt that its strap is quite wide and very thick, but still comfortably soft to use.
  • Many wrote that the underside of the padding has a rubber pattern to keep it from sliding off the shoulder, naked or otherwise.
  • Another user said that the pack strap has a silicone that is quite soft and no matter the surface of contact or weather, does its job very well, the bag stays on the shoulder securely.
  • Testers said that the zippers are easy to undo with one hand and the velcro is showing virtually no signs of wear.
  • Reviewers raved about the see-through business card pocket on the inside of the main cover.

Reviewers don’t like these things

  • A user remarked that it is not as styled and, arguably, not as beautiful as some other bags.
  • Another user thought that the corner-cutting of the bag is noticeable.

Selected Reviews


Tools & Toys

The Think Tank Retrospective 6 has quickly become my most used bag, and that’s saying a lot. I tend to obsess over bags, and I’ve tried a lot of them over the years. No other bag to date has given me such a seamless and worry-free experience, and that’s probably why I keep coming back to it.

Posted 27 December 2016 by Alvaro Serrano – Read full review


Mac Sources

The heavy cotton canvas material and heavy duty shoulder strap are reminiscent of a military bag and I have no doubt that the Retrospective Laptop Case will withstand daily use.

Posted 11 February 2016 by Robyn – Read full review


The Phoblographer

The Think Tank Retrospective 30 Leather camera bag is an extremely useful bag for the photographer that NEEDS it.

Posted 13 October 2015 by Chris – Read full review


Tools & Toys

All in all, the Retrospective 5 is a really solid performer, and a great walk-around camera bag. It’s big enough to carry more gear than you’re likely to need on a daily basis, without being as bulky as other bags out there. If you never want to leave home without your camera, this is the right bag for you.

Posted 28 April 2015 by Alvaro Serrano – Read full review


Photography Life

It’s not just good and well thought through as a shoulder bag, it’s an insanely impressive example of how a product should be designed regardless of its function.

Posted 8 March 2015 by Romanas – Read full review


Photography Life

The bag is genius. The design is flawless and the craftsmanship is high quality.

Posted 9 May 2013 by Laura – Read full review


The Phoblographer

In short, I love this bag and will be happy to recommend it to anyone that is looking to meet one or all of the aforementioned needs.

Posted 3 January 2013 by Christian – Read full review


The Phoblographer

If you’re a photographer who likes to pack some serious heat and bring an arsenal of equipment with you on shoots, then the Retrospective 50 is a must-have.

Posted 1 December 2012 by Bobby – Read full review


The Phoblographer

If you’re a photographer who likes to pack some serious heat and bring an arsenal of equipment with you on shoots, then the Retrospective 50 is a must-have. The quality of this monster has gone unchallenged and after you get over the slightly higher price point, you’ll never look back again.

Posted 1 December 2012 by Bobby Zhang – Read full review


Cult of Mac

It’s become my favorite DSLR day bag, and if you like to look sly and travel light, there’s no other bag I would recommend more highly.

Posted 9 October 2012 by Erfon – Read full review


The Phoblographer

I can only give nothing more than overwhelming and absolute love and support to the Retrospective 7 camera bag. In fact, I’d go as far to say as this is Think Tank’s best bag yet.

Posted 16 June 2012 by Chris Gampat – Read full review


The Phoblographer

If you are in the market for a shoulder bag that can hold a consumer or prosumer body, 2-3 lenses and all of your accessories, this bag should really be at the top of your list.

Posted 18 December 2011 by Mike – Read full review


The Phoblographer

This will be the bag that I carry for my personal shooting needs anytime I need to carry more than one lens and my flash which is 95 percent of the time.

Posted 22 June 2011 by Chris – Read full review


The Phoblographer

This will be the bag that I carry for my personal shooting needs anytime I need to carry more than one lens and my flash which is 95 percent of the time. The bag fits squarely into the larger end of shoulder bags but never feels so bulky that you don’t want to carry it but while not being bulky it maintained a good level of protection for my gear that I was very happy to have.

Posted 22 June 2011 by Joseph W Carey – Read full review


The Phoblographer

If you need something to carry around a DSLR and a lens or two plus other items (flash, papers, accessories, phone, wallet, map, etc.) or if you have a growing rangefinder or Micro Four Thirds kit, you should definitely check out this bag.

Posted 21 May 2011 by Mike – Read full review


The Brotographer

I really believe that Think Tank did it right when they updated the Retrospective Leather 30. It’s big enough, durable, and arguably most important, looks great.

Posted 1 January 0001 by Ross – Read full review



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