AP tests Think Tank’s latest bag offering in a new sandstone colour
Think Tank Retrospective 6 at a glance:
- Designed for DSLR kit with lenses and flash or smaller kits
- Brand-new sandstone colour
- Made from 100% cotton canvas with a durable water-repellent coating
- Price: £129
- Website: www.thinktankphoto.com
Think Tank’s Retrospective range is fairly old and well renowned among photographers. It consists of a range of messenger-style bags that suit everything from mirrorless to DSLR kits. Think Tank has now expanded the range with a brand-new size and colour. The new size is the Retrospective 6, which sits between the 5 and 7, giving users enough space to carry a large CSC kit or a medium-sized DSLR set-up.
Think Tank states that the bag can hold a Sony Alpha 7R II with a16-35mm f/4 attached, a 24-70mm f/4, 35mm f/2.8, 55mm f/1.8 and a flash. When it comes to the bigger cameras, the company says a Nikon D4S with 14-24mm f/2.8 attached and a 24-70mm f/2.8, an SB-900 Speedlight flash and a LumiQuest Softbox III will fit. So clearly, you can pack a lot of kit into it. There’s space for an 8in tablet in the front pocket, and the rear zip pocket is great for travel documents or memory cards.
The bag is made from 100% cotton canvas with a durable water-repellent coating, and features YKK RC Fuse abrasion-resistant zips.
Think Tank Retrospective 6 – key features
On the side of the bag is a small pocket which is ideal for carrying a bottle of water
Included rain cover
Although the bag is water resistant, Think Tank has included a waterproof polyurethane cover in the front that goes over the bag.
At the top of the bag is a handle that runs the length of the bag. This is a very useful feature, and it can be put under the flap if not needed.
Think Tank Retrospective 6 – our verdict
There’s plenty to like about this new bag, and the Retrospective 5’s features are carried over in the Retrospective 6, with the bonus of a little more space. The bag itself weighs only 1.2kg, so it’s not very heavy or too large. The pockets inside – at the front and rear of the bag – are very useful, and being able to stick a bottle of water in the side pocket is a neat little feature. The bag is quite expensive but made of good-quality materials. We’re not overly convinced by the sandstone colour, and expect it will look better once it becomes roughed up a bit, but that’s a personal preference.
SCORE: 4 out of 5
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