Review by Paula Scott
A colleague and friend of mine recently gave me a women’s camera bag to try out and review-Think Tank’s Lily Deanne Mezzo Camera Bag (pictured, left). The timing was perfect as I had a an upcoming trip to San Diego for a wedding which gave me a good opportunity to put the bag through its paces, so to speak.
Here’s what the website says fits in the bag:
- 1 standard-size DSLR with mid-range zoom attached plus 2–3 additional lenses
- Or use as a lens-changer
- A complete Mirrorless camera system with 3–4 lenses and accessories
- 10” tablet or 11” laptop fits inside a dedicated compartment
- Example: Nikon D810 with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8 detached, 14–24mm f/2.8, 11” Macbook Air
- Example: 5D MIII, 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8 detached, 16–35mm f/2.8, iPad
I don’t usually haul that much camera gear with me, but I can see that all of what’s listed will fit in the bag and there are lots of compartments and nooks and crannies to carry purse-item things which in turn, eliminates the need to carry a purse. A big bonus for me. If you like being organized, you will love this bag.
Another bonus is that not only is the design uber sleek, but it is uber ergonomic. I have a back that doesn’t tolerate carrying gear that well and I had this bag fully loaded with gear and stuff and trekking through the airport was pain-free! The construction of the bag is very sturdy and doesn’t take on other shapes with all the gear in it. I’m saying this because I actually own a high-end women’s camera bag, so I was able to compare one against the other. Both are very close as to how much gear they will carry. In fact, the Lily Deanne Mezzo bag does even better on several counts.
For me, the winning features of this camera bag is that it holds a lot, keeps you highly organized, is super comfortable to wear when fully loaded and has a very sleek, professional look. And, it’s not an ugly bag like the guys use!
What’s there not to like?