Amazing bag for event work
May 04, 2012
I've been in the market for a new bag for a while and have been doing my research online to see what bag would best fit my gear, and my shooting style. I cover mostly events (concerts) and on location portraits, so I needed a bag that would fit my kit and not be a burden in comfort, form or style.
I went in to my local Henry's, originally looking to buy the Lowepro Pro Messenger 180 AW, as the specs on it seemed to do all the things I wanted and needed it to do. The associate who helped me, was kind enough to take some display models of gear to test pack the Lowepro how I would normally pack (5D gripped with 70-200 2.8 attached and 24-70 2.8 stowed). Things were very tight and I didn't like how the form was when the gear was packed.
She then darted back to show me the Think Tank Retrospective 20; comparable in nearly every way to the Lowepro. Once I test packed this bag, it was a clear winner. Plenty of room for my gear while the bag maintained its shape (even with the hoods attached in reverse). I was even able to pack my 50 1.4 and a MF lens safely and easily along with the rest. You could even pack a second body in it, if you got creative enough (front pocket would do it). The build quality of the bag is top notch. The materials feel nice and durable without the synthetic look and feel of most camera bags. It's nice to have a bag that doesn't scream 'Steal me, I have camera gear!'. The strap bears the load extremely well and has nonslip grippers to keep the pad in place on your shoulder. The velcro fasteners keep the flap secure and the silencer feature is nice to have when noise is a worry (and for quick lens changes). I would have been nice to have a magnet to hold the flap closed in silent mode like the Lowepro offers, but that is just nit picking.
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this bag for anyone in need of an event bag, light on location kit, or walk-around bag.
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