Billingham Hadley Pro Camera Bag (Black with Black Trim)
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||4.72 x 15.35 x 10.24 inches|
|Item Weight||1010 Grams|
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- Removable camera insert secures with a single press stud inside the main compartment
- Compatible with optional AVEA pockets; Quick-release system allows you easy-access to your gear
- Interior top divider on camera insert shields your gear from rain or snow
- Holds DSLR & Lens, 70-200mm, Flash
- Exterior Dimensions - 13.8 x 4.8 x 11.0",Interior Dimensions - 13.4 x 3.1 x 10.6", Dual front pockets: 5.1 - 6.7 x 1.6 - 2.4 x 7.9", Rear zip pocket: 12.6 x 8.7"Inches
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|Color||Black||green||Grey||Black FibreNyte / Black Leather||Black FibreNyte / Black Leather||Sage|
|Item Dimensions||4.72 x 15.35 x 10.24 inches||10.24 x 5.51 x 12.99 inches||15.60 x 13.20 x 4.30 inches||6.30 x 11.00 x 15.30 inches||4.72 x 15.35 x 10.24 inches||13.78 x 4.72 x 11.02 inches|
Based on the ever popular Hadley original, The Hadley Pro is a mirror with added features. A carrying handle is integrated with a stiffener into the top flap. The weight of your gear is not carried through canvas holes that could wear out, rather they are attached to a fiberglass stiffener and weight supported through that. A waterproof zippered back pocket is very useful for tickets, magazines, manual or any other flat document. The facility to add extra capacity with the area pouches rounds off the bag nicely. It has a fully removable insert and features adjustable quick release strap into brass buckles, bellowed front pockets with press-stud fastenings and a double darted main flap which covers the mouth of the bag when closed protecting it from rain and weather elements. The fully adjustable shoulder sling is sewn under a leather side patch, which provides the facility to attach the area side pockets. The Avea03 is the nicest looking fit as they are slimmer and match the side profile of the Hadley Pro. However, the avea05's will also fit if you need extra room and are less concerned with aesthetics.
Top reviews from the United States
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1) The quick-release leather straps work very well. You can get into your bag quickly with a single hand, but they never came undone on their own. Efficient one-handed access was a win several times. You never know when your other hand will be holding a drippy ice cream cone.
2) The buckles were useful in keeping the top flap snug when the amount of gear in the bag varies daily.
3) The water resistance was comforting. I never put this to a serious test, but got caught in light rain and never found moisture getting through the flap.
4) Construction, seams and stitching were impeccable. I found no fraying or loose threads. Only the quick-release slots in the leather straps showed wear, but that's expected.
5) I never put expensive camera stuff in checked luggage, so I was delighted that this bag was big enough to hold my gear and general carry-on items too. I added a couple pictures showing one way to cram this bag full. You can even fit full size headphones by straddling the front pockets. A *tiny* laptop and Kindle also fits.
6) The top handle was sturdy and worked well. The handle is part of the top flap which must be closed on both sides to carry the bag.
7) The range of adjustment on the shoulder strap was good enough for both shoulder and cross-body carry.
8) The camera insert is nice and the Velcro separators are nicely adjustable. I found I could also use Velcro separators from other camera bags without problem.
I have two complaints about this bag for which I deducted a star.
1) The shoulder strap does not include a pad. The strap is 1.5 inches wide and heavy nylon, but at this price, a grippy and comfortable strap pad should be included. I ended up buying the Matin Shoulder Pad Air Cushion Pad (pictured) which is a great match for this bag.
2) The shoulder strap is not detachable. I would have preferred a way to detach for handle carry or use a third party strap.
One final point: shoulder bags are generally more acceptable in museums than backpacks. Twice I avoided having to check my bag in places that did not allow backpacks. This policy is mostly illogical, but is nonetheless one less hassle you can avoid.
That being said, here are my initial thoughts after purchasing:
* The build quality is great, no complaints. The canvas is soft but durable.
* I haven’t tested the waterproof claim yet, but I have no doubts that the bag will keep my gear dry.
* I was looking for a light shoulder bag to fit my Canon EOS R with up to 3 full frame lenses (1 attached and 2 more in tow, all with lens caps). If I need to carry more gear than that, I would use a backpack for better support. But I wanted something light, and this bag is one of the lightest for what it can carry.
* The bag indeed fits my Canon R, RF 24-105mm f4L, EF 16-35mm f4L, and RF 35mm f1.8. The lens hoods fit too, but I needed to be a bit more creative with the dividers (see below).
* My camera + base plate is about 4 inches high, meaning that it does cause a slight bulge in the bag (the inner pouch is technically 3.5 inches deep). But the half inch bulge isn’t bad and not noticeable if the top is down. I would think that any mirrorless camera or cropped DSLR would be similar in size; a full frame DSLR might be too big. In that case, go for the Hadley One.
* The dividers provided (2 full depth ones and 2 half size folding ones) actually give you a lot of flexibility. The lenses stated above + lens caps are a really snug fit when I use the 2 long dividers to make 3 compartments. But if I use 1 long divider (to make 1 small and 1 large compartment) and the 2 half-size ones as a folding divider inside the larger compartment, everything fits comfortably. The bag is surprisingly deep, so take advantage of it.
* Yeah it would have been better if the bag came with a shoulder pad. That’s the only down side, but I factored the cost of the shoulder pad in my decision.
* The Hadley Pro 2020 is also another option now. I didn’t need the extra width (the inner pouch is the same size anyway) or the detachable strap, but you might. If so, go for the newer model.
I have no regrets on the purchase, but definitely have an idea of what you want to fit before you buy! Billingham has bags in many sizes; go for the Hadley Small Pro for a size down or the Hadley Large Pro/Hadley One for a size up.
Top reviews from other countries
Whilst the bag will best suite those who intend to use smaller cameras, I was able to carry the following:
In the main section (removable insert) - middle slot, a Canon 5D Mk3, with 24-105 lens attached (including hood, reversed) - and either side of the camera, a 17-40 lens and either a 24 TSE lens or Fuji X100S. Both lenses had a Lee Filter adapter ring attached. This was naturally a cosy fit and it's a bit difficult to remove the lenses when the camera is still in the bag, but the majority of time when I want one of the other the lenses I will already have the camera out of the bag. With such a combination the bag does bulge a bit, but only in the centre; this is the great thing about this bag, it shapes itself to accommodate the contents rather than having a boxy construction.
In the front pockets I was able to carry battery and card holders, cleaning cloths, remote cable release, and either a set of Lee filters or a small pair of binoculars.
During in flight travelling I carried an iPad in the space between the removable insert and the rear of the bag and tickets etc in the zipped pocket at the back.
Additionally, on my walkabouts, I sometimes carried a tripod, IN THE BAG! This was a Sirui T-005X, which, due to its compact size, fitted on top of camera in the main section; the removable insert has a fold over padded lid which then allowed the tripod to sit on top of the camera without scratching it. The bag's main flap was then just folded over the whole thing (with the straps set to their maximum position) fully covering the tripod and contents and nobody could tell that there was a tripod in the bag.
The Billingham is well built and lightweigjht and I experienced no problems when carrying it with all the aforementioned gear. The thing I would say however, along with many others, is that it is a shame Bellingham do not include the shoulder pad; I already had a very old Billingham bag and was able to use the pad from that, even though it was a little too large. If you are going to carry a large quantity of gear then get the pad.
I bought the black canvas version and so far find it to be robust and smooth to the touch; you do get a bit of lint being attracted to the material, but this isn't too problematic. All in all I am very happy with the bag, for the purpose for which I acquired it; if you need to carry more gear then there are better options, but if travelling light, and wanting something that doesn't look too much like a camera bag (to the uninitiated at least) then it cannot be bettered!
Eventually, I realised that I really missed it when on holiday and around town. The only thing that my original bag was lacking was a handle. Hey Presto, this bag has a very neat handle for when you need it. It also has a zip compartment at the back for documents. Useful if you're carrying your passport on you.
I'm using a Nikon CSC these days, but I've also got a couple of prime lenses. (70-300mm and 85mm Macro) The 70-300 fits perfectly with the FT-1 adapter attached. I use the half size dividers to store the CSC lenses under the camera and macro lens. I have the camera fitted with the 6.7-13mm lens attached.
The little flash, SD card pouch and spare battery fit in one of the front pockets. The other pocket is free to hold my wallet, mobile and glasses case.
This is just right for me. not too heavy and the strap fits over my head and across my body, so no one is going to snatch it off me.
In my previous Hadley, I could carry a D200 with battery pack and wide angle zoom attached. My old 80-200 F2.8 stood upright with metal hood attached, It was a bit bulky like that, but not unmanageable by any means. I put the SB200 in the front pocket.
The thing is it doesn't really look like a camera bag when you're out and about. Your gear is pretty easy to get at, but it can be secured so the 'light fingered' would struggle to get in without you noticing.
The famous Billingham quality remains as good as ever. I can't fault any of the materials or stitching on this bag. I can't wait to get out and start using it.
Of course, its not cheap. But I guarantee that it will last for at least 20 years. For me its like being reunited with an old friend!