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Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag

B&H # BI550K Mfr # BI 503833
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Product Highlights
  • Fits Medium or Large Format Kit
  • Soft-weave Waterproof Canvas
  • Closed-cell Foam Padded Interior
  • Numerous Pockets
  • Carry Handles
  • Adjustable Shoulder Strap

The Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim) is designed to carry a medium format, large format or digital SLR camera and accessories. The case is constructed from soft-weave fabric which helps eliminate abrasions, combined with Stormblocker dual laminate waterproof canvas and a heavy-duty, closed cell foam padded interior. It has Superflex 8-15, 9-15 and 9-18 partitions for organizing gear. There is a large rain flap which has buckle fastening.

The 550 bag has 2 full-height zippered pockets inside the main compartment, double bellowed front pockets with press stud fastenings, 2 removable end pockets and an external back pocket. It is carried by dual handles with overlapping leather grip or an adjustable, shoulder strap with an SP20 heavy-duty neoprene backed leather shoulder pad.

Construction
  • Soft-weave fabric which helps eliminate abrasions, combined with Stormblocker dual laminate waterproof canvas
  • Heavy-duty, closed cell foam padded interior
  • Superflex 8-15, 9-15 and 9-18 partitions for separating and organizing the interior
  • Superflex flap Buckle and strap closure
  • Four metal feet keep the bag from scuffing when placed on the ground
Large rain flap which has buckle fastening
Pockets
  • Main compartment has 2 full- height zippered pockets
  • Double bellowed front pockets with press stud fastenings
  • Two removable end pockets
  • External back pocket
Carrying options
  • Dual handles with overlapping leather grip
  • Adjustable, shoulder strap with SP20 heavy-duty neoprene backed leather shoulder pad
Material Exterior: Soft-weave fabric
Interior: High-density closed-cell foam
Type of Closure Strap and buckle
Zipper with double pullers
Press stud fastenings
Exterior Dimensions With end pockets: 23 x 11 x 11.5" (58.42 x 27.94 x 29.21cm) (WxDxH) Without end pockets: 18 x 11 x 11.5" (45.72 x 27.94 x 29.21cm) (WxDxH)
Interior Dimensions 17.5 x 5.75 x 10" (44.45 x 14.61 x 25.4cm) (WxDxH)
Tripod Holder Optional tripod straps
Accommodates Medium format, large format or 35mm digital SLR camera and accessories
Carrying/Transport Options Dual handles
Shoulder strap
Weight 5.7 lbs (2.6kg)

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Billingham550 Original Shoulder Bag
 
4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (7)
  • Well padded (7)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Easily accessible equipment (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Transporting gear (7)
    • Protecting gear (4)
    • Daily usage (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    5.0

    Best Shoulder Bag for Photography

    By Steve

    from Lakewood, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Excellent Build Quality
    • Strong Construction
    • Very Large And Adjustable
    • Well Padded

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag:

      I have tried many different camera bags to carry all my gear, and this is the only one that can handle it all with room to spare. My standard gear consists of a Nikon D3x, three Nikon lenses (14-24 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, and 70-200 F2.8, flash unit, remote, and a log of the smaller stuff like batteries, cards, cleaning, etc. It is easy to set up and adjust the interior for a custom fit.

      The only improvement I would like to see is a leather cover for the bottom of the bag. That's more of a nice to have than a necessity. It can get quite heavy when it's loaded up. I have a habit of taking too much stuff because I have the room.

      You have to pay a premium for this bag, but it truly should last a lifetime if you don't abuse it and keep it clean.

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      5.0

      It is a great item that you should have.

      By VEICH

      from BRISBANE, QLD, AUSTRALIA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Strong Construction
      • Well Padded

      Cons

      • Hard To Access Equipment
      • Not Enough Pockets

      Best Uses

      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag:

      The material use can be the best, and it is water proof. The space in side is very big. It can nicely fit on my shoulder and I feel confotable when I carry 7D with 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f1.2, and 50mm.there is just one thing that should improve is that the super flex partition with the bag cannot fit the lens if with hood.

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      5.0

      British craftsmanship is alive and well

      By JHanson

      from Near Tucson, Arizona

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good dust protection
      • Strong Construction
      • Superb craftsmanship
      • Swallows a lot of gear
      • Well Padded

      Cons

      • Inadequate pocket flaps

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag:

      For years I lusted after the classic Billingham 550 camera bag. Finally, after a trip to Africa during which I had to divide my camera gear between two too-small bags, I ordered one with some trepidation. Would it live up to the hype?

      It did. The craftsmanship is as near flawless as any piece of equipment I've ever used; it's simply beautiful. And it swallowed my entire EOS kit: two bodies, two flashes, 17-35mm, 24-105mm, 70-210 F4, 300mm F4, 50mm macro, and a 1.4 converter. I haven't even found a need for the removable end pockets yet, but I'm sure I will. With everything inside, I can still slip my 13-inch Mac Air in its sleeve on the side of the inserts.

      Nitpicks: The exterior pocket flaps only snap, and gape enough at the corners that I could see a minor potential for losing small contents (dust protection is poor as well). I wish they had zippers in addition to the flaps. And I wince a bit picking up the full bag by its handle, with only the two leather straps and buckles holding it all together. The shoulder strap offers much more confidence. Small gripes in a superb product. I'm looking forward to a long relationship.

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      5.0

      550 shoulder bag, fantastic

      By Ron

      from Wodonga, Victoria. Australia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Best bag ever
      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Strong Construction
      • Well Padded

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All photographic needs
        • Daily Usage
        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag:

        This is a fantastic shoulder bag, I carry my D3x + 3 Zeiss lens and a Nikon 70-200 lens, 2 flash units and bits of other gear. Everything fits just right, I love this bag, I changed from a Temba shootout, large shoulder bag as there wasn't enough room for my gear but the Billinham fits nicely.

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        5.0

        Great bag

        By Robert

        from chicago, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction
        • Well Padded

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag:

          Perfect for travel, and is stylish, too!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great bag

          By mark2k7

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag:

                Had one of these many years ago and sold it. Regretted it and bought one again! Can get heavy if you load it up, but it's a classic bag. Hard wearing.

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                4.0

                A Bag for all occasions

                By Matt77wood

                from Melbourne, VIC. Australia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                • Pricey

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag:

                This bag encompasses everything that is good about photography. It is versatile, it suits all users, it has withstood the test of time and gets better with age. I can only imagine that at it's creation it was an instant classic and still remains one today. I was advised before I bought the bag to make sure it was the correct one as this would be an investment that would last well over 10 years. It is excellent quality, really well put together and the capacity is enormous. It is adaptable enough for the keen amateur or the professional kit man! Expensive but well worth the investment.

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A bag you can certainly be proud of

                By Starcruiser

                from Dallas,Tx

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag:

                  The reason I got the biggest bag they made was to haul all my Camera Equipment around in the Car photographying my daughter's soccer games..I'm also taking this bag to Europe and using it to carry all my family's electronic Gadgets. Should serve the purpose well...There is no weak points in either the construction or the organizaion. I do wish they'd including some type of a diagram explaining how the interior pockets can be organized, as they leave that up to the imagination. All in all, a very heavy duty bag that should last longer than I do..

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                  5.0

                  My Favorite Bag!

                  By Photographer

                  from New York, NY

                  Comments about Billingham 550 Original Shoulder Bag:

                  As a woman photographer, I always deserved to carry a camera bag that looks good and features perfectly as a camera bag. I've tried so many bags, Billingham is the ultimate winner for me. I mean it DOES have some Cons. mostly because of its heavy weight and high price but having looks, functions, and quality, those two things were acceptable. Especially in terms of high price, it is totally worth it as I use Billlingham products more and more. I'm currently using 550, 335, and 206. It is a shame that my personal favorite material/color of Nytex/Stone has been discontinued!!! It is definitely beautiful color and tough fabric than the canvas..I've been exchanging emails with Billingham people and they said that they were experiencing difficulties getting Nytex materials and due to sales decrease on Nytex materials, they decided to discontinue on Nytex and introducing a new material which is Fibrenyte line. Besides, Billingham also announced that their Canvas Olive has been replaced by Fibrenyte Sage color. Anyhow, I hope Billingham keeps their great work on producing one of the best camera bags! Get one for yourself if you are serious about your photography???!!! Billingham bags are definitely worth it!

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