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    Alternative to my Think Tank Retrospective 10?

    Hello,

    A couple of years ago I had purchased a Think Tank Retrospective 10 in order to house a Mamiya 7II with a 80mm lens attached, a Zeiss Ikon ZM with a Voigt 28mm attached or a Mamiya 50mm lens instead, along with a light-meter and a flashgun. Even though the bag is extremely well-made, it is designed more on the contemporary needs of the digital era. I mean that they have distributed the volume vertically in order to give space to the modern dslrs with the bulk/long lenses attached or not attached. Thus, I cannot take advantage of the space above my cameras, as I don't want to cover them with other objects.

    After all, I am thinking of replacing this bag with another well-made (canvas preferably) one which will be a bit longer (the volume is spread/distributed along) and less deep. I want to have my cameras with the lenses attached and fast access is necessary. Those Domke bags have this cube where you have to separate your equipment. Think Tank bags are all the same height or even taller. Perhaps, the Billingham 1.4 is a good option for my 2 cameras.

    Any suggestions or your bag with the same type of cameras and extras in?

    Cheers!

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    I think either the Hadley Pro or Wotencraft Ryker would work out for you.

    http://www.wotancraft.com/shop/bag/ryker

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ulder_Bag.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolfe Tessem View Post
    I think either the Hadley Pro or Wotencraft Ryker would work out for you.

    http://www.wotancraft.com/shop/bag/ryker

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ulder_Bag.html
    I didn't know the Wotancraft. Nice, but quite expensive. The Hadley Pro seems a good option. Thanx!

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    Leather camera bags may look nice, but the chemicals they use to tan leather don't do photographic equipment any good, and leather is heavy, and even heavier when wet.
    Ben

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    I'm very satisfied with the bare bones bag.

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    There are smaller Retrospectives. 7 and 5.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    There are smaller Retrospectives. 7 and 5.
    Only maybe Retro 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrclSchprs View Post
    I'm very satisfied with the bare bones bag.
    Looks nice, but I don't think that a Mamiya 7 II with lens can get inside with my Ikon ZM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    There are smaller Retrospectives. 7 and 5.
    The Retrospective 7 isn't any shorter than the 10. The two are just about the same size externally, though the 7 has less room for camera gear as it has a built-in tablet sleeve that eats up some space.

    The 5 would almost certainly be too small.

    I use the Retro 10 and 30 for my Pentax 67 kit or the 10 for my Mamiya 645 1000s. The Extra depth hasn't ever bothered me.

    I work for Think Tank, so just let me know if you have any questions.
    Randy Wentzel
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    I have a Lowepro Event Messenger bag that I use to haul around a pair of Rolleiflex 2.8Es with lens hoods attached. I also fit a dozen rolls of film in the main compartment. The dividers are Velcro so you can move and re-arrange them if you need. The meter, Rolleinar closeup adapters and other odds-n-ends go in the front zipper compartment, and there's a slot in the back for a tablet or other similarly slim computing device. Best of all, it's cheap (under $50 IIRC). It served me very well on my trip to Paris for 10 days last October, and it looks sufficiently unlike a camera bag as to be inconspicuous when out and about.

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