Four years ago back in November 2010 I sold all my zoom lenses for my Canon kit and replaced them with primes. The space and weight saving was significant enough for me to ditch my old Billingham bag that had served me well for 10 years or so and invest in a funky new Retrospective 30 Think Tank bag. My friend and fellow photographer Martin Plant put me onto Think Tank and I was instantly hooked. Up until then, my vision of quality comprised solid brass clasps and calf hide straps hand stitched onto rubberised canvas in a traditional colonial style. How last century was that. Tech had arrived in both fabrics and machining processes and it was time to embrace the modern age.
Back then the choice was 10, 20 or 30. The 30 is perfect for a medium size SLR with 21mm, 50mm and 100mm prime lenses. There is also space for a Speedlight and accessories.
Soon the Retrospective family started to grow. The 5 was added at the small end to cater for the growing number of travel photographers using the newly released Fuji X-Pro1 with it’s three prime lenses. Then came the 7 just a bit smaller than the 10 and although they are fairly similar in size the back pocket on the 7 is bigger to accommodate the Apple iPad perfectly.
The 7 is my top choice for the Fuji X system now that the primes have got bigger and I carry four of them. The 7 can hold an X-Pro1, X-E2 or X-T1 with a 14mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses. It can take a Cactus RF60 Speedlight and V6 trigger in the front pocket and the iPad and client notes in the back.
In all of the Think Tank bags there are nifty little pockets designed for memory cards, batteries and filters. There are cleverly designed features too like the ‘Silent’ mode on the bag cover flap. The Velcro locks on the flap can be switched on or off to suit various situations. When photographing a wedding in a church silent mode is definitely the order of the day but shooting on the street the added security that the Velcro flaps give is very reassuring.
Once SLR users got wind of this bag range they requested bigger versions to carry their bulky f/2.8 primes and the Retrospective 40 and 50 bags were born. The 20 is the tall boy of the bunch designed to carry an SLR with 70-200 zoom attached vertically.
With all great stories there is always a catch and in the case of Think Tank it’s stock levels in the UK. The UK distributors can go weeks without stock of certain colour/ size combinations so there might be a wait to get the option you are after. You can see the stock availability here. Just click through on the model number you require. If it states pre order then your bag is in transit from the USA. You can always ring us for an estimated delivery date. our number is 01275 853204
With every Retrospective order in November/ December 2014 we are giving away a £40 voucher to use against any video download from the Lovegrove training collection. Just one of the reasons to buy from Lovegrove Shop.