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Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution

Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution

Glide Split Strap Overview : The Glide Strap with Split Strap Technology is designed to make it easy to draw the camera from your side. The camera glides up the strap so your are ready to shoot quickly. This strap works with the C-Loop and is compatible with the hardware from most camera sling systems. Includes everything you need to attach it to the C-Loop.

Glide Split Strap Features :
  • Split Strap Technology™: Distributes weight evenly to reduce pain/fatigue and provides superior ventilation
  • Unique Ergonomic Design: Conforms to shoulder for unparalleled comfort
  • Swiveling Quick Release Buckles: Rotates for maximum flexibility and detaches for increased mobility
  • Silicone Print: Reduces slippage
  • High Quality Material and Construction
  • American Design and Innovation
Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution
C-Loop Overview : C-Loop is truly a sweet, “why didn't I think of that?” solution. We designed the C-Loop in response to how the traditional top mounted camera strap always gets in the way. By relocating the mounting position to the bottom of the camera and integrating a swivel, we discovered numerous benefits that improved the shooting experience when using a camera strap.

C-Loop Features :
  • Eliminate Strap Interference: Quicker access, flexibility and improved handling.
  • Smooth Rotation: The C-Loop swivels 360° degrees to reduce tangling and for smooth panning
  • Low Profile: Makes it easier to transition from landscape to portrait shots
  • Increased Security: Lens comfortably tucks away making mobility easy in tight or crowded areas
  • Compatibility: Works with existing camera straps and all devices with a tripod mount

*NOTE: This review will be split up into two reviews; Glide Strap and C-Loop.

Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap
Quality/Usability : Majority of people may not have heard of the company, Custom SLR. That's because they're a new and upcoming company. They started off on KickStarter, which is a site that helps companies get the funds need to make the products that they do not have. These "investors" such as yourself can pledge money to help fund the project. Once the goal is met, the company can start to make the product and will send you the product. Don't worry, if the goal is not met, you don't get charged. You only get charged if the goal is met. The funding for the Split Strap completed on March 8, 2011.

Majority of straps if not all, have a one piece design. What makes Custom SLR's Split Strap different is exactly in the name...there is a split in the middle as well as the swiveling buckle. The buckle swivels according to your movement. This is something you do not see on other camera straps. With the split on the strap, it allows the weight to be distributed evenly and contour. The strap can be worn like a traditional camera strap where the camera hangs in front of you or across your body with the camera hanging by your side.

Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution

The Glide Split Strap comes with the following:
  • Split Strap
  • Glide Strap
  • (2) Stoppers
  • Swivel Buckle
  • Strap Holder
  • Male and Female Quick Attach Buckles
  • (2) Connector Loops
Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution

The Split Strap is made of neoprene material. Not only is it light in weight, it's also stretchable. The stitching on the Split Strap is very clean and well done. The underside of the shoulder pad has custom printed CSLR rubberized logo that prevent the strap from sliding around either on your neck or shoulder.

Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution

The Glide Split Strap has the same intentions as other camera sling straps on the market. It comes with everything you need to attach it to your C-Loop. The strap is also compatible with the existing hardware from most sling systems.

The Glide Strap operates the same like any other sling strap on the market. But instead of a 1-piece strap, it's 2 (Glide Strap and Split Strap). Not to mention, there are no metal pieces, everything is plastic. So there is no fear of scratching your screen or damaging your camera body. For a strap that contains no metal pieces, it glides fairly smooth but it does make a little bit of sound with the plastic from the buckles rubbing against the nylon webbing.

Included are two (2) stoppers; rear (pre-installed) and front. The front is optional but I highly recommend installing it as well. But what is the purpose of these stoppers? The rear stopper helps stop your camera by your hip but at the same time, it also helps re-adjusts the Glide Strap to its natural position on your shoulder. When the front stopper is brought down to the bottom by your hip, it prevents the camera from moving forward. This is great if you're not using the camera and want it to stay by your side. If you need to use your camera, simply slide the front bumper back to your chest and slide the camera up and begin to take photos.

My Glide Strap was already pre-installed except for the front bumper. Below are instructions to install the Glide Split Strap and to the C-Loop:
  1. With the Glide Strap laying flat and buckle facing up, slide the front stopper (optional) through the webbing. The front stopper would be facing out (lever in). I had problem with this as the webbing got caught on the inside of the stopper.
  2. Take the same webbing and weave it through the top slot of the male quick attach buckle.
    Note: If you have other sling straps or wanted to make your own, you would slide the carabiner instead.
  3. Install the rear stopper. This time, the rear stopper would be in (lever out - opposite of front stopper if installed). This is highly recommended but optional as well.
  4. The strap holder helps prevent any excess strap from slapping around. Simply slide the webbing through the holder.
  5. The last piece to install is the swivel buckle end piece. Slide the webbing through the top hole and through the bottom. This will complete the Glide Strap.
  6. Attach both connector loops to the C-Loop.
  7. Slide the connector loops on to the quick attach buckle bar and press firmly to close.
    Note: The quick attach buckle opens by pressing the bar down and pressing the end outwards.
  8. Mount the C-Loop on to your camera.
  9. Attach the camera to the strap by snapping the connectors together.
  10. Adjust the length of the strap as needed by simply pulling on the nylon webbing to your desired length. It maybe necessary to cut the length of the webbing if it is too long. To do so use a pair of scissors and burn the ends with a flame to prevent fraying.
  11. Once you have settled on your desired length, insert excess webbing through the strap holder.
  12. Adjust the travel of the camera by adjusting the stopper. The additional stopper can be installed to limit travel when leaning down or crouching.
Here is a video on how to install the Glide Strap (courtesy of Custom SLR):

Conclusion : Overall, the Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap is just like any other sling strap on the market. What makes it unique and different from the competition is the Split Strap design, swiveling buckle and C-Loop. I love the fact that I can install my own clip such as a carabiner. This may also be a cheaper solution to other sling straps or if you're not fond of the C-Loop and want to customize your strap. Spend $35 plus shipping for the Glide Split Strap and another $20 or so for the carabiner and mounting screw.

I must say, the Split Strap design is probably the most comfortable strap. It's light weight, made of neoprene and stretchable. It contoured my shoulder even when the strap was near my neck.

Since the quick attach buckles are made of plastic, I was afraid that it wouldn't be able to hold the weight of my gear. Having done a little tug-o-war extreme test myself with one person pulling the strap and another pulling from the camera, I'm happy to report that there was no damage to my gear or the strap and parts itself. I was hesitant on doing such a thing but I did not have a second camera body but I had to take the chance.

What I would like to see is a underarm band. This would definitely keep the strap from moving off your shoulder when you bring the camera up to shoot. This would be ideal for more active shooters.

Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution

Custom SLR C-Loop
Quality/Usability : The funding for the C-Loop completed on December 14, 2010. The C-Loop is CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and anodized. There is a neoprene washer on the bottom of the C-Loop that acts as a cushion between the C-Loop and the bottom of your camera. Unfortunately, this neoprene washer is not glued to the C-Loop so you can pull it off. Upon shaking it, it doesn't come off as easily but it may over time.

Installation is really simple. Attach either the Split Strap or Glide Strap to the ends of the C-Loop as instructed above. This will attach the nylon cord to the C-Loop. Attach the straps to the Split Strap and on the C-Loop, lift up the "C" shaped handle and screw the C-Loop into the tripod socket of your camera. Once its tight, you can push the handle back down to make it flush. That's it! Now your camera can spin around freely without getting tangled up. The C-Loop also works with existing camera straps and all devices with tripod mounts.

Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution Review: Custom SLR Glide Camera Split Strap with C-Loop Strap Mount Solution

Here is a close-up video look at the C-Loop (courtesy of Custom SLR):

If you use the C-Loop vigorously and you noticed that it doesn't spin as smooth as when you first got it, there is a solution for this. As per Custom SLR instructions, flip up the handle and put a drop of your favorite lubricant (Tri-Flow, WD-40, etc) in the gap between the top portion and the body (see picture). Give it several rotations to make sure the lube has penetrated most of the surface under the gap since the tolerance is so tight. To wipe off the excess: press a napkin/tissue against the top of the body with your finger (handle still up) and twist the body. Repeat until the top of the body is free of lube. Once done, the C-Loop will spin smoothly.

Conclusion : Overall, the Custom SLR C-Loop Camera Strap Mount Solution is a well made design. The design itself is very creative with how they incorporated their CSLR logo and 360° degree swivel. Usually, sling straps have a fixed tripod screw and the only thing that spins freely is the carabiner clip.

The weight of the C-Loop is very light but very sturdy. However, the price of the C-Loop itself is a bit pricey if you want to purchase a second one to place on another camera.

Manufacturer: Custom SLR
Site: Buy from Custom SLR (Glide Split Strap) / Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo (Glide Split Strap) / Buy from Custom SLR (Combo)

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We're Back from PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2011!

We're back from this years PDN PhotoPlus Expo at Jacob Javit's Convention Center in New York City. I'm born and raised in NYC but this weather was brutal; 45 degrees with rain early in the morning and than dropping to 35 degrees by early afternoon and turning into snow. YES! Snow in October! We hope everyone got home safe especially those from out of state.

This was definitely entertaining and fun because there was FREE SWAG! (this was the part my wife liked the most. She grabbed everything she could get her grubby hands on...LOL). Upon entering Javit's you would pick up your badge holder which is pretty much a plastic holder with Epson printed on the top with a Sony A lanyard to put around your neck. LowePro gave out press type badge holders which is of better quality with a window to show off your badge in the front and on the back is a small pocket to put business cards and 2 slots for pens. Nikon gave out 2012 calendars, Nikon neck lanyard and a Nikon 1 pin. Adorama was also there and had microfiber pouches with cleaning cloth inside. Fuji handed out free rolls of film. WesternDigital (WD) had free squishy characters and when pressed, it says "Before you lose it, back it up on a Western Digital drive!". Some exhibitors such as Drobo and Unique Photo scanned the barcode on your pass to allow you to enter into raffles/drawings.

There were live demos of products and lectures/seminars which was great and very informative. I will definitely be there again next year.

See below for additional pictures. Sorry there isn't much as we were having fun talking and chatting with all the exhibitors such as BlackRapid, CarrySpeed, Joby, ThinkTank Photo and many others.

Nikon's new Nikon 1 mirrorless camera; J1 and V1 and models showing it off

Had to stop by and check out ThinkTank Photo's new Modular Component System

And we definitely had to stop by and say HI to our friends over at BlackRapid *waves*

Sony booth showing off their cameras with an acrobatic show

Deal: 10% OFF Any Rental at BorrowLenses

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We just got back from PDN PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City and we thought we'd share a nice promo code with you all.

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Click the image above to and when checking out, enter code PPE10. This will give you 10% OFF any rental. Coupon code ends 1/13/12.

ThinkTank Photo Pre-Announces Modular Rotation System and System Skin Components

At this years PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, ThinkTank pre-announced the release of their Modular Rotation System (MSRP $142.75) and Modular Rotation System Skin™ Components (MSRP $132.75). Both systems have been completely redesigned, with many new cases and pouches added. They are live on their website,, and will be available for sale in early December.

If you're interested in the Modular Rotation Component System v2 or System Skin v2, fill out the FORM that ThinkTank has provided and they will email you when Version 2 has arrived.

*UPDATE* 12/12/11
Modular Rotation System is now available. You can purchase them from ThinkTank Photo.

See below for press release for more information:

Tutorial: How to Use Rakuten (Ebates), Mr. Rebates and CouponCabin Cashback Site

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I use to walk into Best Buy, Foot Locker, Express, Walmart, Target and other stores to buy my stuff whether it be for birthdays, Black Friday, Christmas, Valentines, anniversaries, etc. But how can you save when they charge tax and don't offer much of a discount especially if you're looking for something specific? For me, I prefer to shop online for all my stuff whether its camera gear, home or personal products unless I have no choice or the store actually has a better deal.

I've been using Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates), Mr. Rebates and CouponCabin for quite some time. These are the two main cashback sites that I use often. There are a bunch of other cashback sites as well. I tend to compare between the two to see which one offers a higher cashback percentage. Sometimes, one cashback site is offering BONUS percentage and the other is not or one just has a higher cashback. So I have the flexibility of going to either one but definitely compare both to see which offers a better percentage.

Here is a list of some eligible stores out of over 2,000 stores:
  • Abe's of Maine - 2%
  • Abt Electronics - 2%
  • Adorama - 3%
  • Amazon - up to 7%
  • Apple - 1%
  • Beach Camera - 2%
  • Best Buy - up to 2%
  • - 3%
  • BuyDig - 2%
  • Canon - 3%
  • Crutchfield - 2%
  • Dell Home - 3%
  • eBay - up to 5%
  • Groupon - up to 8%
  • Newegg - 1%
  • Samy's Camera - 2%
  • Sears - 3%
  • Target - 3%
  • TigerDirect - 4%
  • Unique Photo - 1%
  • Walmart - 2%
  • And many many more!
Cashback % may change without notice.

Here are some examples of my purchases: I purchased two (2) Nikon D7000's and spare batteries from Abt Electronics and received $51 in cashback. Another example was ordering $1160 worth of gear from Canon and was able to get back $47 in cashback. I've even purchased items that were a couple bucks and got back as a couple of cents in cashback. It may not sound like much but when you start accumulating the cashback, it adds up quickly.

I've even gotten cashback for purchasing hotels, car rentals and airline tickets for vacations or business trips. If you're purchasing online regardless of what it is, there's going to be cashback.

You can save pretty much on anything...electronics, baby stuff, furniture, clothing, even Groupon and eBay!

Enough with the talking, how to do I use RakutenMr. Rebates and CouponCabin so I can start saving!?

  1. The first thing you have to do is register with RakutenMr. Rebates and CouponCabin (if you have not registered already). Your registration identifies you to the cashback website and insures that you get cashback credited to your unique account.
    Mr. Rebates:
    Rakuten (Ebates):
  2. After registering with the cashback site, you will be automatically logged in. For those who have come back to the site at a later date, you must insure that you are logged in each time you shop by checking that your info is shown in the top right-hand corner of the site.
  3. Once logged in, simply search for the store to see if they show up as a participating retailer along with how much cashback they are offering.
    Mr. Rebates:
    Rakuten (Ebates):
  4. After you have clicked a cashback store, make sure you complete the purchase in that same click session to insure the cashback rebate is credited to your account.
    Mr. Rebates:
    Rakuten (Ebates):
  5. DO NOT click or surf to other discount, coupon or comparison shopping websites after clicking through to a store using the same window as cashback rebate tracking can be lost if store links are clicked on other websites and a cashback rebate will not be credited to your account.

    If you want to browse a different site, open a new tab.
  6. Rebates are credited to your account usually within 1-3 business days of the ship date of your order although the wait time does vary from store to store. You will receive a confirmation email when the rebate is credited.
  7. After 90 days of being posted to your account and you have accrued a minimum of $10, you can request either a rebate check be sent to a postal address location or rebate payment via Paypal (if sent to PayPal, there is no fee for receiving payment).

How long does it take for a rebate to be posted to my account after I have placed an order?
Most orders are reported in a short time from either the ship date or order date depending on merchant policy. On average, rebates get credited within 7 business days (sometimes earlier) from the order date or the ship date. However, it can take up to 30 days after the order date for RakutenMr. Rebates or CouponCabin to receive confirmation of the purchase or that an offer has been completed.
How do I shop at a RakutenMr. Rebates and CouponCabin store and earn cashback?
The only action required to get a cashback rebate is to simply click on your desired store and make your purchase in that same click session. Your click-through from Mr. Rebates activates a code in the store's shopping cart that will make sure that you are credited with the rebate. Each order from a participating store requires a unique click-through from Mr. Rebates. If you are making multiple orders then make sure you have a separate store click for each corresponding order. Please note that rebates do not show up in a store's shopping cart. Rebates are credited a few days later in your Mr. Rebates' account.
Can I still get a rebate if I forgot to click-through to a store?
Unfortunately, orders placed outside of any of the cashback sites do not qualify for cashback rebates. If the rebate is important to you then the only other thing that can be done is to cancel the original order and re-order through your preferred cashback link. That decision is up to you however.
What happens if I exchange a product or make changes to an order?
Contacting a store to change an order (even for an exchange) can sometimes negate the cashback rebate. The reason for this is that some stores will negate the first original order and generate a new order that does not have a rebate tied to it. When making changes to an order, our best advice would be to cancel your original order and re-order using your cashback link (if the rebate is important to you).
Can I use coupons featured at Mr. Rebates or Ebates when I shop at your partner stores?
Absolutely! Be sure that you only use coupons that are posted at RakutenMr. Rebates or CouponCabin as coupons found elsewhere can negate the cashback with most merchants. Please also make sure that discounts or free offers are present in the shopping cart of the participating merchant. Mr. Rebates and Ebates is not responsible for coupons that are expired or incorrectly redeemed.
Are purchases of gift cards or payment via gift cards eligible for cashback rebates?
Some stores do offer cashback for gift card purchases as listed in the Gift Cards category. However, any store not listed in that "Gift Cards" category do not offer cashback for gift card purchases. Purchases made with gift card redemption or gift certificate redemption as the full or partial payment method are not eligible for cashback rebates.
How do I shop at a cashback store?
First, make sure you are logged in to the RakutenMr. Rebates or CouponCabin web site. You will be able to verify that you are logged in by viewing your account information in the top right-hand corner of the site. Next, find the store that you would like to shop with and simply click on that store's link. Don't worry, if you are not logged in, a warning screen will display asking you to login or register. After you are redirected to the store's website, simply purchase items just as you would normally do, checkout and the cashback rebate will be reported to your cashback account a few days after the ship date of the order or sometimes even earlier depending on the merchant's reporting policy.
If you have additional questions, please take a look at Rakuten Help SectionMr. Rebates FAQ section or CouponCabin Help Section.

Review: Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag

Review: ThinkTank Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag

Overview : The Retrospective series is comprised of four shoulder bags (5, 10, 20 and 30) and two lens changer bags (2 and 3). Created for the professional photographer that wants to blend in with the crowd and remain inconspicuous in any situation. Our product designers have blended the look and feel of "old-school" camera bags and infused it with "new-school" features and technology for the digital imaging age.

Inconspicuous, soft-sided shoulder bag with a simple exterior that blends into the environment. Carries 1 pro size DSLR plus 2 - 4 lenses.

Features :
  • Minimalist outer appearance conceals expensive photo equipment
  • Carries a pro size DSLR with standard zoom lens attached
  • Accommodates 2-4 lenses in main compartment with DSLR body in front pocket
  • Front pocket fits a pro size DSLR (body only)
  • Organizer pocket built into main compartment for pens, note pad, batteries, etc.
  • Choice of two different colors, black or pinestone, to suit the situation
  • Hook and Loop “Sound Silencers” on the front flap eliminate noise while opening the bag
  • Soft, adjustable shoulder strap with cushioned non-slip pad
  • Clear business card holder under front flap
  • Removable short carrying handle for convenience
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for protection against the elements
Gear Profile:
  • 1 pro size DSLR with standard zoom lens attached and 1 - 3 additional lenses
  • 1 pro size DLSR (body only) in front pocket and 2 - 4 lenses in main compartment
Photographer Profile:
  • Photojournalists and travel photographers
Technical Specifications:
  • ID: 12” W x 9.5” H x 6” D (30.5 x 24 x 15.2 cm)*
  • *bag softness and flexibility allows expansion to carry a pro size DSLR with lens attached, facing down
  • OD: 13” W x 10.5” H x 7” D (33 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm)
  • Weight: 3 lbs (1.4 kg)
  • Lifetime Warranty

Quality/Usability : When I was looking for a shoulder bag that would fit my needs, I've read a lot about the Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home bags. I ended up purchasing on through Amazon. It fit my gear but I felt it was too big to be used a walk around bag. Looking for a bag online is hard considering you can't physically touch it or test out your gear before you purchase.

So I ended up doing some research trying to find a better walk around bag but still be small enough to hold my gripped camera with lens and flash. As I've been browsing multiple camera forums and online sites, I've been seeing a lot of photographers talk about the ThinkTank Retrospective whether they are selling their own, looking for one or just talking about it. So I decided to look into it and give it a try.

Trying to find a bag that will accommodate a gripped camera can get frustrating. I can't even count the amount of times where I liked the look of a bag but it won't hold a gripped body. If I do find a bag, it's ginormous! Sometimes, the descriptions that manufacturers or online retailers provide can be misleading.

The ThinkTank Retrospective 10 looks like a normal shoulder bag and doesn't scream out to would-be thieves, "Expensive camera gear INSIDE". Like all ThinkTank products, the Retrospective 10 is well very made and excellent quality. You will never be disappointed with the craftsmanship put into each ThinkTank product.

There isn't much to talk about in regards to the exterior of the bag. It has a cover flap that covers the main compartment, adjustable handle, two side pockets for miscellaneous items and a zippered pocket in the back to hold a notebook/netbook, iPad/Tablet, magazine or papers.

When you flip the flap of the cover open, on the underside of the flap cover are two pieces of velcro. You can do one of two things: make it silent or have that velcro tearing noise. For those occasions that require you to be silent like a ninja, simply fold the velcro strip. The velcro is now covered and is known as the "silencer". If you want added protection where you can hear when your camera bag is opened, fold the velcro strap down and use the velcro tab to hold it in place. You can do it for both or for one side. Also on the flap is a spot for you to add your ID or business cards.

Review: ThinkTank Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag
The left velcro is silenced

The front pocket has two velcros on the outside. This is where the velcro on the flap will attach to if you fold the velcro down to allow sound. In the middle is another velcro flap that helps keeps the front pocket closed but there is a velcro pad on the inside of the pocket as well that allows you to not use the flap. This front pocket has folded sides that allow it to lay flat and also expand out if necessary. The front pocket is big enough to hold a pro-sized camera body, iPad/tablet or the ThinkTank rain cover, that is included. There are no smaller compartments.

The main compartment takes center stage is what we all mainly focus on as this is where our gear will mostly reside. There are two pockets on the outside under the main shoulder strap, but due to the size and tight spot, you can't fit any big items. Inside the main compartment, there are a few pockets for organizing. A pocket on the inside is big enough to hold an iPad/tablet, pens, memory cards and a few small items. There is also a small flap that allows you to attach to to the main compartment to keep the pocket closed. There is also a zippered pocket inside that allows you to store documents or other items that are more important.

In addition, there are two small pockets with velcro straps on each side. This is great for holding small lenses and flashes. Like the front pocket and inner pocket, there are velcros inside the pouch that allows you to tuck inside for faster access.

Review: ThinkTank Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag

At the bottom of the main compartment, I noticed that there are two large velcro paddings to provide extra protection. There are two main dividers that splits the main compartment into three sections. What I like about the dividers is that it has what I consider a "shelf", This gives support in holding up the camera. This also gives a little protection between the camera body and lenses or flash placed inside the bag. Also included are additional dividers if needed.

A feature that is often not found in camera shoulder bags are small flaps on the edges of the main compartment. It may not be a big deal to some and it may be a nuisance to some but when a shoulder bag gets loaded and carried by the top handle, the bag tends to sag. This sagging then opens up the sides and essentially lets things into your main compartment area. These little flaps fills the gap and prevents anything from entering the main compartment.

The adjustable handle is great for that quick grab and moving it quickly. If you don't want or like the handle, you can remove it but it will require some work.

Shoulder straps on shoulder bags, whether its camera bag, laptop bag or just a shoulder bag are your typical nylon webbing straps. But with the Retrospective, the adjustable strap is thicker. I am in love with the shoulder pad. The top of the pad is the same material as the bag but the underside is thick. It provides a lot of cushion and has a few rubber strips to prevent it from sliding off your shoulder. I wish ThinkTank sold the strap separately so that I can replace other shoulder pads.

Conclusion : Overall, the ThinkTank Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag is my favorite shoulder bag. It's a great daily walk-around bag and holds everything that I need. The Retrospective 10 looks like a regular shoulder bag and no one would think its a camera bag. The fact that it is able to hold a gripped camera with a lens attached and flash, it earns brownie points from me. I also like that I am able to carry a tablet with me. If you own more than 1 camera body, you will have no problem carrying additional camera bodies in the front pocket.

When you're carrying almost 6+ lbs of gear and carrying your bag all day, you'll want something that is comfortable and the Retrospective's shoulder strap meets that criteria. It's probably the most comfortable strap I've ever used. The bag handles well in light rain but if it starts to downpour, be sure to use the rain cover.

Since the exterior side pockets are a tight fit to fit big items, it would be nice to see a soft pouch with a draw string instead. Similar to the pouch found on the Speed Convertibles. This would be great for holding little items for easy access or even a water bottle.

*Purchase through our link below or enter our special code 140141.2f0f20 and receive a FREE gift with your order of $50 or more!

Manufacturer: Think Tank Photo
Site: Buy from Think Tank Photo / Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo / Buy from Adorama

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