Think Tank introduced a new minimalist backpack for adventurous photographers/filmmakers: the Think Tank Retrospective 15 Backpack. This versatile classic-styled camera rucksack doesn’t scream, “I’m full of expensive camera equipment” and can double as your day-to-day city adventures companion. Let’s take a closer look.
Think Tank Retrospective 15 Backpack – Exterior
The exterior design of the Think Tank Retrospective 15 backpack is minimalist, but it is not simple. First, the bag is made of cotton with a polyurethane coating and a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating. Indeed, as a bag made for adventurers, it is water-resistant, and it comes with a seam-sealed rain cover. Also, for extra resistance and longevity, all the zippers are YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant).
If you are traveling by plane, don’t worry, this lightweight bag (4.0lbs/1.8kg) will fit perfectly as a carry-on item with dimensions of 30 x 40.5 x 18 cm.
On the sides of the bag, some straps are compatible with Think Tank Modular pouches. Also, there are water bottle pouches on each side of the rucksack.
You can attach and carry a travel tripod on the side of the bag, with two of the tripod legs inside one of the water bottle pouch, or on the front of the bag via two straps.
The back of the Think Tank Retrospective 15 backpack is padded for additional comfort. Also, it is equipped with a sternum and waist strap. You can remove the waist strap when you don’t need it.
Finally, there are two ways to access the interior of the backpack: by opening the top panel, or via the rear-panel.
Think Tank Retrospective 15 Backpack – Interior
As its name suggests, the Retrospective 15 has a capacity of 15L on the inside, plus an additional 5L ability in the front pocket to store your stuff. The interior is made of closed-cell foam, and PE board reinforced dividers with a polyester 300D two-tone twill ripstop liner.
The internal dimensions are 29 x 35 x 14 cm. According to Think Tank, this is enough space to put
- A Fuji X–T3 with 50–140mm F/2.8 lens attached, 35mm F/1.4, 14mm F/2.8, 60mm F/2.4, 23mm F/1.4, 56mm F/1.2, 16mm F/1.4, and a flash.
- Or a Sony A7rIII with 70–200mm F/2.8 lens attached (hood extended), 16–35mm F/4, 24–70mm F/2.8, and a flash.
Also, there is a dedicated pocket on the inside that fits laptops up to 15”.
Price and Availability
The Think Tank Retrospective 15 backpack is available now in two colors, pinestone or black.
What do you think of the design and features of the Think Tank Retrospective 15 backpack? What is your daily camera bag? Let us know in the comments below!