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The shooter’s bag. The new Retrospective® 7 fits a standard DSLR system and the rear pocket holds an iPad or 11” MacBook Air. Combining modern and classic design elements, this lightweight shoulder bag comes in two fabrics that each offer a unique look and feel. Ergonomically, this body-conforming bag is comfortable for walk-arounds and provides rapid access to gear. The discreet styling helps you keep a low-profile.

Subtle styling, generous capacity and comfort means the Retrospective series has quickly become one of the leading bag collections in the industry. Working pros to vacationers all will find the Retrospective 7 to be the most useful and functional bag for a day’s outing. Combining the broad appeal of the Retrospective design in a versatile new size, the Retrospective 7 is a bag for your everyday demands.

Available in 3 colors: Black polyspun nylon, Slate or Pinestone cotton canvas.

Key Features

  • Perfectly suited for standard DSLRs with a pocket for a full-size iPad or 12” MacBook Air
  • Sound Silencers™ to turn off the front flap hook and loop for silent operation
  • Cushioned and padded nonslip shoulder strap for all day comfort
Gear Profile
  • 1 standard-size DSLR with 2-3 lenses and accessories. iPad/11” MacBook Air fits in rear zippered pocket
  • Accommodates a Nikon D700 w/ 24-70 f/2.8 attached, 70-200 f/2.8 detached + SB-900 Speedlight
Technical Specifications

Interior Dimensions: 12.5” W x 8.8” H x 5” D (31.8 × 22.4 × 12.7 cm)

Exterior Dimensions: 13.5” W x 9.5” H x 7” D (34.3 × 24.1 × 17.8 cm)

Laptop compartment: 11.8” W x 8.2” H x 0.7” D (30 × 20.8 × 1.8 cm) 

Weight: 2-3 lbs (0.9-1.4 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 sand-washed 100% cotton canvas, antique nickel-plated metal hardware, YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

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

No Rhetoric Warranty on all Think Tank products
Feature #1

Perfectly suited for standard DSLRs with a pocket for a full-size iPad or 12” MacBook Air

1a The exterior of each Retrospective shoulder bag is purposefully simple, allowing photographers to inconspicuously blend into their shooting environment.
70 - 200 The Retrospective 7 has the interior height to accommodate a 70 - 200 f/2.8. Shown left to right is a Nikon 70 - 200 f/2.8 VRII, Nikon D7000 attached to a 24 - 70 f/2.8 and a Nikon SB-900 speedlight.

The softness and flexibility of the Retrospective series easily allows a pro size DSLR to be carried in the main compartment with a lens attached, facing downward. The Retrospective 7 is pictured here, containing (left to right): a Canon 28 - 135, Canon 5D attached to a 100 mm macro, 580EXII flash.

Mod Compat The Retrospective bags allow you to attach some of our Modular and Skin gear pouches to increase the capacity of the bag (Sold Separately). Shown is the Retrospective 7 in Slate Blue with a Skin Strobe V2.0 attached. Inside of the Skin Strobe V2.0 is a Nikon SB-900.
Feature #3

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. 

Feature #4

The Retrospective series each have a removable carrying handle for convenience.

Feature #5

The seam-sealed rain cover was specially designed to keep the carrying handle and integrated shoulder strap outside the rain cover without compromising protection from the elements.

1b All the shoulder bags in the Retrospective series are available in three colors, Pinestone, Slate blue or black.
Feature #2

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. 


The Retrospective series bags all have a zippered organizer pocket inside the main compartment. It gives photographers enough space for small, but significant, accessories necessary for a successful shoot.


Within the Retrospective's 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.

second interior pocket A second interior pocket holds pens, maps, additional business cards and has a convenient hook and loop closure.
hook and loop Hook-and-loop panels securely fastens the main flap down, keeping valuable photo equipment hidden from view.

Overall Product Rating:     

It's complete. I now have all four of the Think Tank Retrospective bags. The 7 and 10 hold more or less the same amount of stuff. Although at first glance the 7 might appear to be a little smaller, because of the layout of the bag it actually has more usable space. It's a little narrower and a little longer, so it's more messenger bag like compared to the Retro 10, which I find a little more square. I think there are two advantages to this layout; 1) the bag "wraps" around your my hip better - my Retro 10 bag tends to bang off my hip - so the 7 is more comfortable, and 2) Although both bags hold more or less the same amount, it's easier for me to get stuff in and out of the 7 because things aren't jammed in quite as tightly. Of course the 7's big selling point is the pocket for an iPad or MacBook Air (11" model) on the back of the bag. I don't own an iPad and my MBA is the 13" model (which doesn't fit) but I find the pocket incredibly useful for notebooks, paperback books and misc stuff. The only downside to this bag, and all of the Retrospective bags, is that they're not the most secure bags on the street. Some kind of clasp closure would be a welcome addition. I've found a small luggage repair shop near my house that sews a strap and plastic buckle on my bags and viola! Problem solved. I give this bag 5 out of 5 stars. I'm keeping it and selling my Retrospective 10.

its is a great bag for me almost perfect for my travel trips. D90 with 12-24, 70-200, sb700, polarizer,nd10,cross screen filters, hood loupe, blower, remote cable, etc. My macbook air 11" and even my iPad in front of expandable pocket. Attaching Stuff if and R u thirsty modular on both side for nikon p7100, extra batteries and water bottle. One think I could suggest is that one side of shoulder strap should be detachable like the urban disguise using metal hook that it could easily detach from your body specially when your using backpacks at the same time. So that you only have detach the hook and slide out the strap without removing the backpacks. Also I can easily hook and lock my retrospective in the arm chair,etc when your in the public places. Lastly, the front flap closure should have an extra buckle like in the urban disguise that can also be hidden. So that you have the optional to use between this two features, because sometimes hook and loop is annoying to use. So far very nice bag. Thanks

This is my second Retrospective bag. I really love it for the iPad storage and it will easily fit my 7D with grip and a 70-300mm attached, plus a little point and shoot unit as well. My only complaint is that the strap is a little to thin. I really wish it had the 30 series strap as that would easily relieve the extra strain that the thinner strap exerts. Overall a great bag!

The Retrospective series are great bags for discrete street photography when you want to look incognito or Euro without screaming tourist. I currently own a Retrospective 5 and a Retrospective 7, both in Pinestone for a Leica R5 and a NEX 7. I would love to test a “2” when they design it for even more blending into the urban environment.

This is my second review and I really love this bag. I've been using this for a while. This bag actually accommodate standard DSLR w/ 70-200 f/2.8 attach putting it horizontally. With my nikon 12-24 f/4, 50 f/1.8, teleconverter 1.4x, sb700, filters, etc. I'm also using cable management 20 for most of my accessories and put it the expandable front pocket.

Good bag and matching with my activity day by day. I like it.

Outstanding ! My favorite bag out of four I own, 2 others being TT UD35v1 & Street Walker Pro. I really admire the "beat-up" Pinestone fabric. Shoulder strap cushion is just right, anti slip rubber works well. This size is a compromise, but a rather good one. It stands up on its own well. Swallows a 70-200 f/2.8 and 300 f/4 easily. Worth the price.

This is a great, well thought out bag that fulfilled all my needs. It holds my Canon DSLR with an 18-55 lens attached, leaving room for my 300mm zoom lens, a third lens (if necessary), flash, battery charger, filters, 11" MacBook Air (in a separate zippered and padded section) and its charger, and various other little tools and wires - all in a discreet messenger bag that doesn't scream "camera", much less "expensive camera". The bag comes with an ingenious rain cover, hidden in a pocket, that I found tremendously useful on an open boat to St. John in the Virgin Islands, and then again in the El Yunque rain forest in Puerto Rico where, quelle surprise, it seems to rain a lot, and without warning. The front flap of the bag secures with two giant, Fort Knox-strength Velcro strips that you can secure under flaps when you wish to avoid the world-is-coming-to-an-end ripping sound they produce when you open the bag. And therein lies my quibble. One secures the Velcro to avoid calling attention to oneself when opening the bag to retrieve said expensive camera. However, without the Velcro, the flap just flops, and if the bag tips over, out spills your equipment. It would be a simple addition to the design to add a snap to the flap, so as to provide some confidence when the Velcro is on stand down. That aside, this is a terrific stealth camera bag

im happy with the design of Retrospective bags. It's best bag i ever had. However the metal on the bag strap is easy to get rust. I dunno how it can happen. Is there any solution from Thinktank team to prevent the rust? Thanks.

I went to Eastern Tibet with Retrospective 7 holding Fuji X-Pro1, X100s and 14, 35 and 55-200 mm lenses, flash, cards, rechargers & spare batteries. Worked perfectly and inconspicuously. I have also Retrospective 30 for my bigger Nikon gear and TurnStyle 20 for quick city assignments. Great stuff all!

Nice bag. Well-made, low-key, tough. And, using only one divider, the 7 is the perfect size for what I usually carry--an old Polaroid pack film camera and a bunch of boxes of film. The end with the divider is a perfect fit for a little zippered bag with filters and flash. The zippered pockets work well to hold pictures and the large volume of trash generated when using pack film. My only quibble--the backing for the strap pad is maybe a little too stiff--it doesn't mold well to my shoulder. It feels like the pad is bulkier than the benefit it provides. Other than that, the bag is comfortable and well thought out.

I bought this for traveling with my X-Pro 1 kit around S E Asia and it served me very well, discreet and no one looks twice. Only one thing I like others would like a snap fastening on the flap with that it would be perfect. I also own a Retrospective 30, a Street Walker Pro and a Mirrorless Mover 30i and all are great for the jobs required. A happy customer!

My favorite local gear shop recommended the Retrospective 7 (Pinestone) as a perfect "low-profile" bag in every situation for my brand new Nikon D610 + Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 + Nikon SB-910. This bag is fantastic, the weight is well balanced and I'm always sure that the camera is perfectly protected. I let only 1cm for each Velcro, the silencers are a very good idea. Now I keep an eye on each new Thinktank product!

It fits everything I need. I have my Canon 5D with a 17-35mm zoom attached, a 70-200mm zoom in another compartment, and the remaining filters, cables etc in the third. It looks very nice and sits comfortably on my shoulder. I like that it does not look like a camera bag.

Juste super produit. Pour mon Fuji X100T et l'ensemble de mon matériel (flash, batterie, coupe vent etc....). Il est de plus très discret en situation de photos de rues. Très solide et beau, je ne peux que recommander l'achat de ce sac qui pour moi est idéal *** Have a look on my web page ==>

I moved up to the 7 from the 5 to hold longer MFT lenses(e.g, Oly 40-150 Pro) attached to the E-M1. A bit tight, but it works. I also llke being able to add a tablet at times. The Retro 5 is still great when I don't need the bigger lenses.
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Retrospective® 7 (Pinestone)

Product: TT747
This inconspicuous, soft-sided shoulder bag helps you keep a low-profile. It holds a standard DSLR system, as well as an iPad or an 11” MacBook Air®.
Customer Rating:
(16 reviews)
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