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Created for the professional photographer that wants to blend in with the crowd and remain inconspicuous in any situation.  It combines the look and feel of "old-school" camera bags with "new-school" features and technology for the digital imaging age. 

Key Features:

  • 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
Gear Profile:
  • 1 standard DSLR with 1–3 lenses and accessories
  • A complete Micro Four Thirds or rangefinder camera system with 3–6 lenses and accessories
Technical Specifications:
  • Interior Dimensions: 9.5" W x 7.8" H x 4.5" D (24 x 19.5 x 11.5 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 10" W x 8.5" H x 6" D (25.5 x 21.5 x 15 cm)
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)


Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has 1100D polysping polyester exterior fabric, antique nickle-plated metal hardware, YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: Removable closed cell foam inserts with reinforced PE board, 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed velex, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

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1 The exterior of each Retrospective shoulder bag is purposefully simple, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment.
4 The Retrospective 5 also fits a standard size DSLR kit. A compact kit of prime or small zoom lenses fits easily, with one lens attached to the camera body. Pictured here is a Canon 5D with a 16-35 f2.8 attached and a 50 f1.2 beside (with lens hood in position).
2 The Retrospective 5 easily accommodates a Micro Four Thirds camera system with 3–6 lenses and accessories. Pictured here is an Olympus E-P2 with…
8 The "sound silencers" underneath the main flap are used to suppress the loud tearing sound hook-and-loop makes while opening and closing the bag.  Simply release the sound silencer panels and cover the hook-and-loop strips to prevent the hook-and-loop from contacting.  A clear business card pocket, for identification and spare cards, is also located under the main flap.
17 Hook-and-loop panels securely fastens the main flap down, keeping valuable photo equipment hidden from view.
3 Have a Leica, Zeiss or Voightlander rangefinder system? The smaller size of the Retrospective 5 lends itself well to street photography. Stay nimble and discreet, carrying just what's needed for the day. Pictured here…
7 The organizer pocket inside the main compartment gives photographers enough space for small but significant accessories necessary for a successful shoot.
9 All the dividers inside the bag are removable so the interior can be customized to any photographer's set of gear.
5 Within the main compartment are two collapsible nylon pockets (one on each side). These pockets are tall enough to fit most flash units or other accessories. A hook-and-loop strap can be used to secure the contents or it can be tucked into the pocket for quicker access.
6 An expandable pocket on the front of the Retrospective 5 can be used to carry a regular size DSLR body.
10 A wide storage pocket is located on the back of the bag can be used to carry magazines, newspapers, or other paperwork, depending on the size of the bag.
16 A carrying handle is included for your convenience.
14 A fully adjustable, canvas strap is integrated into each Retrospective bag.  For extra comfort, a breathable cushioned pad slides along the strap for optimum positioning.  Sections of non-slip material on the pad helps keep the entire strap on your shoulder.
11 Webbing loops on both sides of the bag can be used to carry some smaller pouches.  Alternatively, a carabiner (not included) can be used to quickly clip accessories to the the sides of the bag as well.
12 Side accessory rails on both sides of the bag can be used to attach small Modular, Skin or Multimedia lens cases or pouches, expanding the capacity of each bag.  A Retrospective 5 is shown with a Multimedia Audio Recorder pouch attached.
13 The seam-sealed rain cover included with the bag was specially designed to keep the carrying handle and integrated shoulder strap outside the rain cover without compromising protection from the elements (Retrospective 20 pictured). Please view this instructional video for more information. How To - Retrospective Rain Cover

Overall Product Rating:     

I am a bag person. I am always looking for the right bag. I have lots of the Think Tank gear--pro speed belt, modular components (I love the Chimp Cage for carrying loads of stuff and looking so unassuming), the Speed Demon, the Change Up--many ways to carry heavy gear very comfortably. Back and forth to work though, (office job--where I SOMETIMES need to run out and take a picture) it can all look like overkill. I was carrying my camera and purse stuff in the Domke F4AF Pro bag--but it was bulky. So I bought this relatively tiny Retrospective 5 in Black. I LOVE IT. I can't carry my purse stuff--well, I could, but I'd have to unpack the bag to get at it (D700 is a tight fit). But this is what I fit, and very neatly: D700 with 85mm f/1.4 mounted, 50mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4; one spare CF card, one spare battery, camera cable, ear buds, pen, cleaning cloth, small tube of sunscreen, business cards, and two personal items (of the feminine kind.) And this bag looks neat and trim on my 125 pound frame. Loaded it weighs 8.2 pounds. The Domke loaded with much of the same, plus a few other personal items weighed 14+ pounds. I carry my personal items (money, cards, lip balm, change, keys etc.) in a belt purse now. So now I carry two bags, but truthfully--this makes me look more like a real person carrying a normal camera or a small video camera and not someone looking like I'm pretending to work for the newspaper. (I don't. I'm a serious hobbyist who sometimes does photos for my non-profit eco organization--a workshop, a home energy audit, a community event, or my co-workers working with kids in schools. ) Update from the bag person: I ditched my purse and now carry everything I need in this little gem! Added iPhone, Advil, lip balm, car key, contents of wallet (cards, money etc.), USB thumb drive... now the bag weighs 8.8 pounds. Still under 10. Perfect for a prime shooter like myself! Like the primes, this Retrospective 5 is very unassuming. Packs up neat.

Love this bag. I carry the Retrospective 5 with me on a daily bases as it's small, lightweight, and carries everything I need on a day to day basis. I'm able to carry around my NEX-5N kit with a lens attached to it, a spare telephoto lens just in case, and my flash and EVF attachments. I'm also able to carry around some extra memory cards, a spare battery, and the battery charger. I love the how easily I can just lift the flap open and pull out my camera when need be with out wasting time digging around for it. I've been using it for 2+ months already and couldn't be happier with it. It's a great bag to carry around for street photography.

Superb. Well designed and crafted. Holds my D7000 with plate, 16-85, 10-24, 10.5 and 85/1.8 or 60/2.8 macro along with shades and a spare battery. Highly recommended.

My personal favorite bag. Unbelievabley comfortable, well constructed and well though out. Holds my Fuji X-Pro 1 w/18-55 along with my Fuji x100s w/hood. Room for spare batteries, accessories and my iPad mini. Couldn't be happier.
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Retrospective® 5 (Black)

Product: TT742
This soft-sided shoulder bag's simple exterior blends into the environment for carrying photo gear inconspicuously. It fits 1 standard DSLR with 1–3 lenses or a complete Micro Four Thirds or rangefinder camera system.
Customer Rating:
(4 reviews)
Quantity: In Stock

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