Think Tank was kind enough to send over their latest shoulder bag, the Retrospective 7. The 7 fits nicely between the Retro 5 and Retro 10, but features the addition of a zipper pocket that can hold the iPad or 11 inch Macbook Air.
Without taking the bag out for a full day of shooting my initial thoughts are:
This size seems juuuust right to me. Big enough to fit a bunch of gear but sized right as to not allow too big of a load for a shoulder bag. As with all the TT Retro bags I love the lightweight, soft feel of the bag and inserts. Wearing it you don’t feel encumbered by the “padded foam box” syndrome of other shoulder bags. There’s a natural give to the design that hugs your body like an old school Domke would. But unlike the Domke the Retro line has hidden pockets and organizers. And they are scalable with the ability to take some of the Think Tank modular pouches. A big plus.
The Retrospective line disappear while shooting. When I take one out I don’t feel like I have a bag with me at all.
For Canon users it fits the holy trilogy of the 16-35mm 24-70mm 70-200mm without feeling too loaded down.
I was even able to fit a basic Epic X package into the Retro 7. A Epic, side handle (not attached) 28-70mm, 4xRedvolts, filter wallet. I plan to use this bag w/ the EPIC and the M mount as a ultra small shooting package.
Would be great if the laptop pocket could fit a 13 inch Mac Air. I bet they are saving that for a future Retro 10 update. Just my feeling. It’s so close as it is. A work around would be slipping the 13 Air in the front pouch. The front flap does close over the the laptop, but not an ideal solution.
The Retro 7 is a very versatile size. I can highly recommend this bag for many set ups.
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