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Date: 09/11/2015 | By: Heather

Think Tank Lily Deanne Lucido Review – The best mirrorless camera bag for women

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Think Tank Lily Deanne Lucido Review – The best mirrorless camera bag for women

Whenever we sit down to write a review of a product, be it a camera, lens or accessory, our primary goal is to give you a fair and balanced account of our experience, covering both the bad and the good. While most products are characterised by a mix of pros and cons, on the very rare occasion, we come across a product that is so wonderful that you literally have to go nitpicking for flaws.

In the case of the Think Tank Lily Deanne Lucido shoulder bag for mirrorless systems, we are dealing with a bag that I feel has come as close to perfection as any physical realisation of a product concept can get. It is the only bag I’ve ever tested that hasn’t once caused me to think, “It’s a great product but I wish it had X, Y and Z.”

So, why is the Think Tank Lily Deanne Lucido such a great bag for mirrorless users? Let’s get to the meat of this review and find out!

What is the Lily Deanne series?

The Lily Deanne series is the brainchild of two of photography’s most respected women, Lily Fisher, senior camera bag designer at Think Tank Photo, and Deanne Fitzmaurice, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. It is the culmination not only of their personal expertise but also the suggestions and requests of many important women in the photography industry.

The bag comes in three sizes:

  • The Tutto is the largest bag in the series. It fits the biggest professional DSLR bodies and lenses with their hoods and tripod mounts. It can house a 15” laptop.
  • The Mezzo is the medium sized bag. It is appropriate for both mirrorless and DSLR systems and can fit an 11” Macbook Air or standard iPad.
  • The Lucido is the smallest bag in the series and the model we chose to review. It is most appropriate for mirrorless systems and can house an iPad mini.

Design and Ease of Use

The positive experience with the Lily Deanne Lucido starts with the packaging. It comes inside a square box that features a picture of the two designers on the front with their creation. Perhaps it is only me, but seeing this photograph made me feel as if I had an immediate connection with Lily and Deanne.

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Lily and Deanne greet you with a smile as you open the package

Just as much care has been given to the interior packaging as to the exterior. Wrapped in off-white tissue paper and sealed with the silver Lily Deanne logo, it is a preview of the attention to detail you can expect from the product it enfolds.

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The bag is wrapped in elegant off-white tissue paper

The Lucido – which means “shiny” or “polished” in Italian – has all the elegance and refinement of a handbag while retaining the functionality of a camera bag.

Looking at it from the outside, you would never guess that its main function is to ferry around expensive camera equipment. It has just enough padding to keep its stylish shape and protect your gear but not so much that it becomes too rigid, heavy or bulky.

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The Lily Deanne Lucido

Since most photographers would rather go unnoticed at events, the designers opted to give the bag an understated design. While the base material of both versions is black water-repellant Polyurethane, you can select either Chestnut (brown) or Liquorice (black) for the Dakota leather accents, which include the two front flaps, front pocket, shoulder pad, hem of certain pockets, and zipper pulls.

This aesthetic choice bucks the idea that camera bags for women should be flashy, colourful and dripping in bling to be feminine.

Coming back to the two front leather flaps, I have to say that they are extremely practical. They cover the main opening and front pockets of the bag, and each comes with a pair of “rare-earth” magnets that allow you to open and close the bag silently. Both lie completely flush against the exterior, keeping the bag nice and compact. The Dakota leather that covers them is smooth and soft and hasn’t lost its lustre since I started using it even though I’ve taken the bag out in light showers.

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The two front leather flaps that cover the main opening and front pockets
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One of the “rare earth” magnets that keeps the flaps in place

Note that when the rain gets heavy, you can use the provided rain cover to protect it from getting excessively damp. The nice thing about the cover is that you can still access the back pocket and side pockets of the bag even with it attached.

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The rain cover keeps the bag dry in all inclement weather – even Welsh weather! :-)

The front pockets are an excellent addition to the bag. The first is a flat zippered pocket where I tend to keep my wallet. I love this pocket because I never carry my valuables on my person and often struggle to find a secure place to store them inside other bags that are specifically designed to carry camera gear.

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The zippered side pocket where I keep my wallet

The second pocket has been designed to organise accessories, with room for pens, memory cards, USBs, business cards and cleaning cloths. It too is the perfect size and well-placed.

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The second pocket is a good place to store pens, memory cards, and more

On either side of the bag are two buttoned pockets that lie flat against the bag when closed but have the capacity to expand to the size of a small water bottle. I personally like to keep them closed and use them to house my smartphone and house keys.

Turning the bag around, you’ll discover an additional flat pocket on the back, which is ideal for storing documents, notebooks, and other flat items. Lying flush against the pocket is an additional pass-though that you can slide over the handle of your wheeled luggage as you travel through the airport. This is also where you’ll find the Lily Deanne Lucido logo printed in silver on a leather accent.

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The back pocket and pass-through
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Using the pass-through

A huge advantage of this bag over others in its category is the very large opening, which facilitates the continuous insertion and removal of gear. It closes via two smooth and robust zippers.

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The large opening and robust zippers of the Lily Deanne Lucido

While bright colours are all but absent from the exterior of the bag, the interior has been given a very pleasant “robin egg blue” shade, and for a very practical reason too. Since it contrasts with the dark colour of most camera gear, it is unlikely you’ll lose track of smaller accessories like lens caps inside the bag.

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It is easy to see your misplaced gear against the blue interior

Without the foam dividers, of which there are seven in total, the interior consists of a large compartment with two nylon side pockets with an elastic hem, one large pocket for an iPad mini and a flat zippered pocket for valuables. No matter which combination of dividers I use, all the pockets remain secure and easy to access.

Now would probably be a good time to applaud the designers for creating a bag that accommodates all mirrorless systems so well, from the bulkier Lumix GX8 to the more diminutive Olympus Pen series. Not once have I struggled to remove or find a place for a camera body while out in the field.

This is such an important point because, when you’re out in the field, you want to think as little as possible about rotating your gear and concentrate on shooting. The more time you spend struggling to remove or insert a camera body or lens, the less time you are dedicating to your photography.

I’ve praised Think Tank straps in previous reviews, and the Lily Deanne strap is no different. Made of a lightweight seatbelt-like material, it is easy to adjust, clean and store. It comes with an extremely comfortable shoulder pad with leather accents and silicone non-slip strips across the mesh underbelly. Compared to the shoulder pads of the Think Tank Retrospective and Urban Approach, it is slightly smaller and slimmer – a good match for the female shoulder.

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The padded strap with silicone non-slip strips along the padding

How much gear can I carry? A practical example

Although Think Tank Photo states that this bag is appropriate for a standard DSLR with 1-3 lenses and accessories, I feel that the Lily Deanne Lucido naturally suits mirrorless gear much better. According to the Think Tank website, you can carry around a complete mirrorless camera system with 3-4 lenses and accessories and this estimate matches my experience. If you try to pack any more than this, the bag becomes too heavy and the gear becomes difficult to access.

For the test, I decided to use our Micro Four Thirds gear since most of the lenses we own are for this system.

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The gear
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The gear inside the bag (open)
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The gear inside the bag (closed)

Main compartment

Panasonic Lumix GX8 with M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 attached
M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8

Internal flat pockets

Peak Design Slide Lite iPad Mini

Internal nylon pockets

M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 Air pump House keys

External front pocket

Lip balm
USB stick
Cleaning cloth
Memory card Tide stain removal pen Business cards

External zippered pocket


External side pockets

Memory card holder

External back pocket

Gift certificate for a restaurant


As I said at the beginning, it is rare for us to come across a product that doesn’t leave anything to be desired. The Lily Deanne Lucido isn’t just any old camera bag – it is the culmination of careful research, trial and error, and extreme attention to detail carried out by two women who truly care about photography and photographers. I’ve loved using it from day one, and I can only hope that Think Tank decides to produce a similar version for men in the future.

thumb-up What I like about the Think Tank Lily Deanne Lucido:

  • Beautiful understated design with leather accents
  • Made of easy-to-clean water-repellent black Polyurethane
  • Lightweight and well-padded but keeps its elegant form
  • Fits any mirrorless system (one medium-sized body and 3-4 lenses is the ideal)
  • Light coloured “robin egg blue” interior makes it easy to find your gear
  • Flaps close with “silent” magnets for more discretion
  • Lots of practical pockets on the inside and out for accessories and valuables
  • Easy-to-adjust strap and extremely comfortable shoulder pad

thumb-down What I don’t like about the Think Tank Lily Deanne Lucido:

  • My only wish is that they would make a men’s version of this bag!
  • A little expensive but worth every penny


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About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

  • Heather Broster

    You should be fine then. :)

  • Dee

    It’s a D7200 with the kit lens (19-140mm).

  • Heather Broster

    Which DSLR do you have? If it’s a standard-sized body, it should fit just fine and you’d have room to spare for 1-2 extra lenses.

  • Dee

    Hi, thanks for reviewing this bag. How well do you think a DSLR with an attached mid-zoom would fit?

  • Kokoro

    This bag may be designed for women, but I can’t really tell where in this bag that is so women. There is not a thing like flower nor color that represent that this bag is for women. I bet if you don’t put the slogan “designed by women for women”, nobody’ll know that this bag is intended to be a woman bag

  • Heather Broster

    Hi Claudio
    I’d say that unless you really need the 4K features, there isn’t any reason to upgrade from the GX7. I actually prefer its form factor to that of the GX8, which is both bigger and heavier than its predecessor.
    Thanks for the kind words – it’s always lovely to know that our articles and photographs are appreciated!
    Kind regards,

  • Claudio Franco

    Thank you, I’ve already read it. I’m an eager reader of Mirrorlessons. I just thought Mathieu was the only one using GX8.

    I have a GX7 and am considering the necessity of buying a newer camera. Not that I don’t like it or am missing a feature. My camera is starting to present some defects and I thought wise to start studying my choices. That’s all.

    Anyway, thank you for the response and keep up the good work. I love your site and both your and Mathieu’s photos.

    Best regards.

  • Heather Broster

    It would make a nice gift. Does she shoot mirrorless? It’s always nice when both people in a couple enjoy shooting!

  • Heather Broster

    Hi Claudio. I finished testing the GX8 a couple of weeks ago but yes, we do own more MFT gear than anything else. You can find our full review of the GX8 here:

  • Claudio Franco

    Hey, Heather, did you use Panasonic GX8 to test this bag just because of its size or are you using theis gear? What are your thoughts so far?

  • thinkTank Photo

    I think that’s called a Retrospective 😉 (Can also be used by women)

  • Brandon Scott

    Thanks for the review. While I am not in the market for this bag for myself, it looks like the perfect Christmas gift for my wife. She does not like for others to know she is carrying a lot photo gear, so she carries it in a big purse. This bag looks much better for that purpose.
    I find nothing offensive about bags for women, or for any other group for that matter. We all have different needs and desires.

  • soundimageplus

    Reverse it. So and so have announced a ‘bag for male photographers’ Those who are not male could rightly object to that. Where does it end? Bags for sexual orientation? Bags for different ethnic groups? Religions? A ‘kosher’ bag?

    Personally I think it’s offensive, it’s unnecessary and above all pointless and insulting to all sexes. I write articles promoting female photographers, I have a go at companies like Canon when one of their ‘spokespersons’ (you can guess what sex they were!) announced that mirrorless cameras were ‘for women and teenagers!!!) and I have made it clear that I will ban anyone who uses the phrase s****r m*m on my blog on any of my groups etc. (Because it’s code for women and therefore not proper photographers) and then get confronted by this.

    Far be it from me to speak for female photographers, but it seriously appals me when an article that should / could be used by anyone is targeted cynically at one group. I have gay friends who are constantly offended by the cynical behaviour of advertisers, who make often incorrect assumptions and engage in bigoted stereotyping to get their hands on the so called ‘pink pound’ and this doesn’t strike me as being that different.

    Personally I shall express my opinion via my wallet and never buy anything by Think Tank.

  • Heather Broster

    I don’t believe that Think Tank was trying to take a sexist approach by designing this bag. After all, it was conceived by two very important female names in the photography industry. When they call it a “bag for female photographers” they are referring to the outer aesthetics alone. Everything else about it is perfectly in-line with what you’d expect from a top of the line camera bag, and indeed, there is nothing stopping men from using it as well if they want to!

    Personally speaking, I’m glad that they created this bag, as it is well-suited to more formal occasions like photography shows, weddings, outings in the city, and so on. I’d rather keep our more rugged bags for hikes through the Welsh hills. :)

  • soundimageplus

    I just wonder what the reaction would be if manufacturers started releasing ‘women’s cameras.’ There is enough sexism (and downright misogyny) on the photographic Internet without adding to it. A bag is a bag and it has virtues and failings. I know female photographers who carry full DSLR kits and make me look like a wimp. I’ve a pretty good idea how they would react to this, which involves ducking!!

  • dr Frank

    I agree – a men’s version would be nice!

  • Heather Broster

    Thanks for the suggestion, Bob! I hope we get the chance to try it – it sounds fab!

  • Bob B.

    My favorite mirrorless bag of all time (definitely a men’s bag!!!!! LOL!), is this:

    I use it for my extensive MFT system..(13 lenses)….Its great I can carry EVERYTHING except my 20-150mm Oly (it would fit on the large side of the bag, but I am out of room! LOL)…I have a separate bag for that….The bag is VERY well made …..unfortunately somewhat expensive…but what I LOVE about it is no flaps!!!! I can lay out two rows of lenses (some stacked on top of one another)..but everything is right there with a quick zipper to get to the goods…no nonsense, no fuss, no muss.
    It is not traveling light (I have other bags for that!)…but it is just the most direct interaction if you are in the middle of working, concentrating on the image and need to switch lenses…I love it…

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