A SECOND LOOK -> Reaction: Ooh-La-La !!
Ok, I took a second look at this bag recently, this time physically (after previously only viewing on the internet: new release, web site, etc.).
and after a close scrutiny... I've now purchased it!
Think Tank Lily Deanne Mezzo- Licorice/black [Mfr # 369]:
Thank you Think Tank Photo's whole team (including: Lily Fisher & Deanne Fitzmaurice for your thoughtful design-elements).
With time, I have reflected and again carefully re-assessed objectively about the bag:
- a very well designed & incredibly consolidated with all functions one needs for on the go photography & general use. A comprehensive one bag solution.
- narrow depth (OD: 6.1") of the bag is uncompromising, yet enables the bag to unobtrusively rest by one's side, for easy manoeuvring in crowded/congested places, or for ease with client meetings, etc. (not quite as contouring as the City Walker 20, but still very acceptable & more professionally presentable with the added benefit of a top zipper for additional security & easy camera/lens access).
- overall quite refined style (and yes even with the sparrow egg light-blue color liner, which is on reflection actually quite nice, a happy or feminine feeling and complements the bag well. On the internet viewing initially I wasn't keen on the liner colour, but now am convinced was a pleasant designer's choice).
- shoulder strap pad feels slightly too stiff, with the somewhat uncomfortable result of not laying flat at the shoulder/neck contact point; but this eases somewhat with use & becomes a bit more pliable - but is still a bit of an issue for my ergonomics.
(appears slightly more padded than the TT City Walker 20 shoulder strap pad, which I find is the most comfortable strap pad of all many years of photography bags, regardless of all manufacturers. YES it is that good!)
- stylish which helps differentiate and reinforce my photography branding (targeting the upper-end of market).
(but for my individual taste, the bag could still look a bit more feminine; that 's obviously an individual judgement/style call, so a manufacturer can't totally satisfy everyone customer).
- potential caveat:
the magnets (stitched into the front flap & two small outer side-pocket flaps) while very convenient are a bit concerning to me (when I have a wallet, CF memory cards, or small portable hard drive in the large zippered inner side-pocket). While these objects are approx 1" (25mm's) away from the small magnets stitched into the bag, I am quite concerned that it may have the potential to adversely affect or destroy the electronic info stored on the various objects.
My lack of knowledge on the subject of magnetism (& rare earth magnets specifically, which I think maybe approx. 1.5x stronger than conventional magnets & may need to keep sensitive objects say 2" away?); maybe just an unnecessary concern, but I don't know. So just like the old clique: "when in doubt - don't" causes me to not want to put my wallet/credit cards/CF memory cards/portable hard drive in this nice zippered inner-side pocket of this great bag.
Any tech guys/gals that can provide any insight or information on this subject/magnetism (& my maybe unfounded caution/concern), I would be most appreciative.
This will be my new quick go-to bag, enabling ease & style, for fielding a multitude of planned & unplanned situations/applications
(or when I just want to have some effective camera equipment along with me, without a full or elaborate ensemble of photography gear ).
For my individual needs this bag will hold:
- Canon 5Dmkiii with mounted 24-70Lf2.8mkII [Until a Canon 5Dmkiv, or Nikon D810 mkII]
- Canon 70-200f2.8L mkII
- Canon 85f1.2L &/or Canon 600EX-RT (with canon ST-E3-RT transmitter)
- misc photo stuff (such as: lens cloth, Rogue Flashbender, small LED flashlight for macro, etc.)
- 10" Samsung notepad
- business cards
- pen paper
- smart phone
- sports car keys
This quality bag, is similar to a well put together woman, or man, who has brains & beauty and carries themselves with poise, grace or charm - worth a second look!!
Thank you Think Tank Photo.com,
from a happy customer who likes & respects quality photography manufacturers, which consistently deliver solution-driven products.
Just one view...
(P.S. no affiliation to the manufacturer).