PMA 2010: Think Tank’s New Products are ‘Retrospective’ and more

There’s no school like old school, Think Tank Photo’s newest line of bags says. Today, Think Tank announced and showed off two new soft-sided camera and lens shoulder bags in the Retrospective line have a touch of class and color.

As usual, these three new Think Tank bags are inconspicuous shoulder bags, much like the Urban Disguise, but are much more flexible and conform to the wearer’s side. Previously, Think Tank bags only come in flat black, but these new bags come in both black and Pinestone cotton canvas pictured here:

The Retrospective line comes in two styles: shoulder bags (Retrospective 10, 20, and 30) and lens changer bags (Lens Changer 2 and 3).

These bags have a great look and feel; they might rival Domke’s classic satchel line, though they are a bit more pricey. The material on the Pinestone has a really rich, durable fabric texture.

The smallest, the Retrospective 10, will run for about $149, and the largest Retrospective 30 will be about $179. The lens changers range from $99-$119.

On top of the standard Think Tank features, one notable new feature on these bags is the “Sound Silencer,” which is essentially flaps that are placed over the velcro fasteners leaving the option to either use loud velcro or switch to a hook and loop fastener for quieter situations.

Also, the bottom padding of the bags have a slit which allows the bag to be very flexible when hanging on the shoulder and it conforms quite nicely to the wearer’s side.

Think Tank has not announced an official release date for these bags, but they say they should be available sometime this year.

Some of the other Think Tank Photo products are pretty exciting for pro photographers who need to lug heavy gear or shoot in extreme weather:

The Hydrophobia 70-200 rain cover provides elemental protection for cameras coupled with 70-200mm lenses and smaller. Unlike a lot of rain covers, this one has its own camera strap, while the camera’s regular strap can be tucked inside the cover. Also, the rain cover has arm holes on the sides, so photogs can reach inside to access the camera body without getting anything wet.

Think Tank also showcased the Logistics Manager, which is a massive rolling case for travelling pros with a lot of lighting and camera gear:

  • parv

    “… either use loud velcro or switch to a hook and loop fastener for quieter situations” — I fail to parse that phrase as Velcro is a registered trade mark name for hook & loop fastener. So did you mean that there are both loud & quiet variety velcro patches?

  • JessicaLum

    Basically you can choose between using velcro or turn it “off” (but moving a fabric flap over the velcro) and instead using a secondary fastening option, a hook and loop system, so it does not make the loud ripping noise like velcro does — so if subtlety is necessary on a shoot, this can come in handy. The drawback to the quieter, non-velcro system is that it takes a little longer to fasten the bag shut, whereas velcro just needs a little pat and it will hold pretty tightly.
    Sorry, it seems a lot more complicated in words, but it's pretty intuitive once you've got a hands-on with it.