Is this really a camera bag? It sure doesn’t look like it. I thought the thinktank photo urban disguise bags fooled me.

The thinktank photo retrospective line is an even better disguise.

  What I like most about the retrospective 5 is that the size shape and color gives it that casual nothing expensive in here look. This is very important when lugging around a thousand plus dollar DSLR through rough neighborhoods.

The size of the retrospective 5 allows a Nikon D300s and an attached 18-200 lens to fit comfortably within the padding of the bag. I was even able to fit a bare iPad 2 in the front pouch while others said it was impossible.


Here is my product showcase video of the thinkTANK photo Retrospective 5:


FRONT of the thinkTANKphoto Retrospective 5

  • Looks like a casual flap over messenger bag students wear as a compliment to their outfit for the day.
  • When you lift the front flap, you are exposed to one pouch with a rain cover and big enough to carry a bare iPad2
  • On the other side of the front flap you are exposed to a transparent business card holder and hook and loop sound silencers to eliminate noise.

TOP of the thinkTANKphoto Retrospective 5

  • A canvas hand strap
  • A breathable cushioned pad for the shoulder strap

INSIDE MAIN CHAMBER of the thinkTANKphoto Retrospective 5

  • There are 5 main slots pre-configured. Again as the dividers are bound to the bag via Velcro, you may customize the thinkTANKphoto Retrospective 5 to your hearts content. (The main divider holds a Nikon D300s with an attached Nikkor 18-200mm 3.5 5.6  VR I. To the left of my DSLR is a Nikkor 50mm 1.8 and to the right of my DSLR is a lensbaby composer.
  • There is one thin slit pouch enclosed by a zipper that holds a pixel pocket rocket to hold my compact flash and SD cards.

BOTTOM of the thinkTANKphoto Retrospective 5

  • Nada

LEFT SIDE FROM FRONT of the thinkTANKphoto Retrospective 5

  • A small side pouch holds extra DSLR batteries

RIGHT SIDE FROM FRONT of the thinkTANKphoto Retrospective 5

  • Another small side pouch that holds easy access items.

BACK of the thinkTANKphoto Retrospective 5

  • A zippered thin pouch. (Important documents you want to easily access like model and/or property releases)


The Retrospective 5 is another amazing bag from thinkTANK photo.

During my family trip to Palm Springs where I planned to only take casual photos of my family the thinktank photo retrospective 5 allowed me to not stick out like a sore thumb in the streets of Palm Springs.

With the thinktank photo retrospective 5 sound silencers, I was to quietly access my camera in restaurants without causing a scene. My parents don’t like to draw too much attention so the hook and loop sound silencers are a great feature in a bag.

There were a few occasions in the trip where I was able to capture a split second moment due to the fast access front flap.

A FEW OF THE FEATURES I FOUND MOST USEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS INCLUDE: (view a full listing at the manufacturer website)

  • The “Sound Silencers” underneath the main flap eliminate the loud tearing sound hook-and-loop makes while opening the bag.
  • Hook-and-loop panels securely fastens the main flap down, keeping valuable photo equipment hidden from view.
  • An expandable pocket on the front of the Retrospective 5 can be used to carry a regular size DSLR body.
  • 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.
  • ·          Webbing loops on both sides of the Retrospective 5, 10, 20 and 30 can be used to carry some small Modular, Skin or Multimedia pouches on the side of the bag.  Alternatively, a carabiner (not included) can be used to quickly clip accessories to the sides of the bag as well.

I’ve detailed the specs from the ThinkTANKphoto website below:

Technical Specifications:

  • ID: 9.5″ W x 7.8″ H x 4.5″ D (24 x 19.5 x 11.5 cm)
  • ED: 10″ W x 8.5″ H x 6″ D (25.5 x 21.5 x 15 cm)
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
  • Lifetime Warranty


If you like to do a lot of  “photo walks” or family trips or trips in general then the thinktank photo Retrospective 5 must be added to your camera bag inventory. As you know there is a camera bag for every type of photography activity and you need to use the correct camera bag for the right purpose.

Disclosure: We’ve received this product at no cost for this review. The views and opinion expressed in this review are mine.

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