Think Tank bag for Four-Thirds Shooters

On today’s What’s in Your Camera Bag Wednesday, I decided to look at the bag itself.

From the first day  I started writing about photography for the late, lamented Photomethods magazine, I quickly developed a system to tell which products were the coolest: If I showed a product to my wife, Mary, and it quickly disappeared into her collection of photo equipment, then it was cool. Well Bunky, Mary thinks that Think Tank Photos Retrospective 5 camera bag is cool.

Think Tank’s Retrospective series consists of four shoulder bags and two lens changer bags but so far all I’ve been able to try is the Retrospective 5 ($129) bag that’s designed for Four-Thirds system cameras such as Mary’s E-PL1 along with the lenses, accessories, and bits and pieces she’s collected along the way. What I (and Mary too) like most about the bag is how Think Tank has blended the look and feel of old-school camera bags and infused it with new-school features. It’s been tried before by other bag makers but never as successfully as Think Tank has done here,

The Retrospective 5 easily accommodates a Micro Four Thirds camera system with 3–6 lenses and accessories. Pictured here is an Olympus E-P2 with 17 f2.8 and VF-1 optical viewfinder attached, 14-42 f3.5-5.6, 40-150 f3.5-5.6, FL-14 flash, SEMA-1 external microphone adapter set, VF-2 electronic viewfinder, battery charger and an extra battery. (photos courtesy Think Tank Photo.)

Think Tanks says it’s the perfect size for SLR, Micro Four Thirds, rangefinder camera systems and I could easy see putting my M6-TTL or Zeiss SW in one of these bags. (A Hasselblad XPan might be a bit too big.) The low key exterior looks like a camera bag but doesn’t look like a camera bag all at the same time hiding the fact that it might be stuffed full of expensive photo equipment. You can even open and close it quietly if you’re in Notre Dame or the Sistine Chapel without disturbing worshipers because of the Hook-and-loop “Sound Silencers” on front flap that eliminate noise the dreaded Velcro RRRRRRRIIIIPPPPP while opening the bag

If you’re looking for a small, high quality, yet affordable and practical camera bag take a hard look at Think Tank’s Retrospective 5.

Author: Joe Farace

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