27 Dec A Review of the Think Tank Retrospective 6 Camera Bag

Camera bags are all about compromise, and messenger bags even more so. Choose a size too small and it won’t be able to hold all your gear. Choose a size too big and it’ll be too heavy to carry on your shoulder all day.

I’ve experienced both of those problems in the past, and there’s just no good way around it. My Think Tank Retrospective 5 is an awesome camera bag in every way, but there are times when I need to carry more stuff than it can accommodate. Similarly, my leather Brixton by ONA is the most beautiful and classy bag I’ve ever owned, but if I fill it up with gear, I can’t wear it on my shoulder all day without feeling pain. Something had to give.

Released in 2016, the Retrospective 6 is the latest entry into Think Tank Photo’s excellent lineup of rugged messenger bags, and it might just be the perfect size for me. It’s certainly bigger than the Retrospective 5, but it’s not as big as the Brixton. And it allows me to carry my camera and up to four lenses without hurting my back. It just feels right.

Let’s take a closer look at it.

The Think Tank Retrospective 6 camera bag in Pinestone.

Build quality, materials, and overall aesthetic

The Retrospective 6 retails for only $155, making it one of the best values in the market. It comes in three colors, all of which are similarly low-key: Black, Sandstone, and Pinestone (as shown)….