Every year for my birthday, my lovely wife always asks me “what do you want for your birthday?”, and I always respond with a resounding “dunno”. I did come back with something once I think about it for a couple of days.
This year, I chose the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Camera bag as my gift of choice. I am in desperate need of a functional, yet compact camera bag. My Tamrac Pro-12 is too big and bulky, and my Tenba Messenger bag (I forget the model number) is getting too small, or is small, or my gear just doesn’t fit in it anymore, or at least it’s not meeting my current needs.
Now, why the Think Tank Retrospective 30 you ask? Well allow me to explain. I listen to this obnoxious photographer’s podcast called Raw Talk. That photographer is Jared Polin aka the Fro. If you don’t know who he is, watch or listen to his weekly podcast, Raw Talk. Jared and Co. (Stephen, Todd, DDDan, and Noah) are a blast to listen to.
But anyway, what does listening to some dude’s podcast made me pick a particular camera bag? Well, Jared sells his own version of one (linky here) and he spoke very highly of it. (as he should since he’s peddling it. LoL) I took a closer look, and it practically fits my needs. I would have bought his “I Shoot Raw” branded version, but I like to be a bit more discrete.
So now it brings me to my predicament. My wife ordered the bag through Amazon, which was being sold by a third party seller through Amazon. It was Prime eligible, and was going to be arriving the day of my birthday. I come home, and I see all the gifts she had for me waiting for me and a mysterious Phottix boom stand box. (see pic)