A Simple Shoulder Bag for my Nikon D40

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Up until this point, I’ve owned a Think Tank Photo backpack for carrying around my Nikon D700 and all the gear that accompanies it. The only problem was that I didn’t have something simple to carry around my smaller DSLR (Nikon D40), in case I didn’t need all of the accessories and tripod; a bag that would be easy to throw over my shoulder for a quick trip to the park with friends or downtown for a photowalk.

That’s when I decided that the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 was a perfect fit. It’s not a bag that will hold a ton of gear, but it’s exactly what I need; a simple shoulder bag that doesn’t need to hold every little piece of equipment I own. It allows me to take my D40 around in something comfortable and stylish.

Retrospective 5

Retrospective 5 Features:

- Perfect size for DSLR, Micro Four Thirds, rangefinder camera systems
- Minimalist outer appearance conceals expensive photo equipment
- Hook-and-loop “Sound Silencers” on front flap eliminate noise while opening the bag
- Two colors; Pinestone and Black

Think Tank Photo doesn’t sacrifice quality either just because it’s a smaller bag. This thing is rock solid and I have no doubts it’ll keep my camera protected while lasting a long time.

Retrospective 5

If the Retrospective 5 is too small for your needs, the shoulder bag also comes in similar styles of the Retrospective 10, 20, and 30, with each size up being able to carry a bit more equipment.

Retrospective 5

I would recommend Think Tank Photo’s bags to anyone. In my opinion, if you’re going to spend good money on a camera, then buying a quality camera bag to protect and carry around that investment is a must.

Any other Think Tank Photo users out there? Tell us about your favorite bag in the comments below.

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  1. Marie4Poches

    Looks great !!!!

    I have bought many bags over the last few years trying to find the greatest and sturdiest around. What i would like to see is this type of bag but with the flap being attached firmly to avoid any theft. How does the flap stay locked to the bag? is it only a magnet ?

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  2. James

    How much room is in there? Looks like the camera with a lens, and maybe an extra lens? Which lenses are those? How big are they?

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  3. Nate Kay

    @Marie4Poches Good question. The flap stays shut with two sturdy velcro strips. It would be hard not to notice someone trying to open it while it’s by your side.

    But say you’re shooting at an event that requires you opening your bag without making that loud velcro sound. The velcro strips have the ability to fold against the bag (Hook-and-loop) allowing the front flap to open freely without any noise. It’s really a cool option that I know I’ll use at some point.

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  4. Nate Kay

    @James The camera bag has the ability to carry 1 standard size DSLR with 1–3 lenses, depending on the size of the lens. It’s a smaller bag and am comfortable carrying around my DSLR with a smaller lens or two. I won’t have any problem either carrying my 200mm. If you need a bit more room, it’s not much more to upgrade to the 10, 20, or 30. I’ve provided links in the article that describe them a bit more in detail.

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  5. The Soul Explorer

    I like your bag!

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  6. Ingrid Abraham

    Thank you for this review. I’ve been looking for a smaller bag to use when shooting weddings, and I think this could be the one!

    I particularly like the idea of the ‘sound silencers’. That’s a major bonus for formal ceremonies.

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  7. Anders

    I like the retrospective bag for my SLR & of course the streetwalker series for my D700 and 24-70mm and other gear

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  8. CatieP

    I, too, have long been looking for something not big and bulky so when I go out just to the store, or maybe on a walking the park. Something that I will give a place to protect my camera without feeling bogged down or having to stop, take off the back pack dig around and miss a shot. Or something so that when I am on a photo shoot but want quick access to my camera, or the extra lens I do not have to fiddle with a large bag, or flip open a big flap mid shoot. I found my new best friend at Built. ( http://www.builtny.com/cargo-camera-bag-medium-prod.html ) It’s soft and floppy-ish, so it’s smaller when it is not full, but made of neoprene and does provide me with piece of mind while my stuff is inside. The selling point for me was the zippered top. If I am on a shoot and changing lens, I can leave it unzipped, and still hang it in front of me rather than out back, and grab in and out for things with nothing in the way. I can quickly zip it back up without moving it from my body and go to the next photo if needed. It has enough room for my Canon DSLR with a small lens attached and two spare lenses (with customizable inserts for added lens protection. There are a few others out there that are a lot like it, and that honestly look better and probably are a tad more what I’d want, but being on a very tight budget, I did not have the $100+ dollars to spend. Sorry for the ‘review’ I did not really mean to comment quite this long, I just know that pains of wanting a smaller bag for those much shorter, simpler outings. I know take my camera 99% of the time when I go out. My only complaint? It looks like a purse, and I detest purses. Yes, a girl just said that. Someday I will either save up to buy one like this that looks more ‘professional’ or,if I must have a ‘camera purse’ at least one in a more neutral, classic style.

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  9. CatieP

    As addend to my previous post, to explain what I mean by “Nice looking” bag if I had a bigger buget to work within, this would be the one I would really want to try – ( http://kellymoorebag.com/full/kelly-moore-b-hobo-bag-6.html ) :)

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