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Billingham Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim)

B&H # BIPBT Mfr # BI 500701
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Product Highlights
  • For Small Digital Camera Kit
  • Stormblocker Waterproofed Canvas
  • Hand Finished Brass Hardware
  • Top-grain Leather Trim
  • Removable Shoulder Strap
  • Belt Loops

The Billingham Stowaway Pola Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim) is a travel bag made to carry a camera, book and lots of small items. It has a padded main compartment and pockets on the front and back. The bag is made from Stormblocker dual-laminate waterproof canvas, hand finished brass and top-grain leather. It is carried by a removable, adjustable shoulder strap or on a belt using the attached loops.

Construction
  • Stormblocker dual-laminate waterproof canvas
  • Padded main compartment
  • High density closed cell foam
  • Hand finished brass hardware
  • Top-grain leather trim
Pockets
  • Large front pocket
  • Zippered pocket on outside of flap
  • Two outside slip pockets
  • Rear slip pocket
Carrying options
  • Removable, adjustable shoulder strap
  • Belt loops
Material Exterior: Stormblocker dual laminate waterproof canvas
Interior: High density closed cell foam
Trim: Tan leather
Type of Closure Zipper
Solid brass clog bolt and harness leather locking system.
Exterior Dimensions 7.08 x 3.15 x 8.26" (18 x 8.0 x 21cm) (WxDxH)
Interior Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Tripod Holder No
Accommodates Small film or digital camera with accessories
Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder strap
Belt loops
Weight 1.3 lbs (590g)
Billingham Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    BillinghamStowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim)
     
    4.1

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    79%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (10)
    • Compact (8)
    • Strong construction (5)
    • Comfortable (3)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily transport (4)
      • Daily usage (4)
      • Transporting gear (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (5), Photo enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Nice bag.

      Just the size and quality that I was looking for.Will be holding my P7100.

      Just the size and quality that I was looking for.Will be holding my P7100.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Purse but Weak Camera Bag

      First, this is a beautiful and well constructed bag: great fit & finish and top quality materials. I bought it to carry my Olympus EP-3 and pancake and, indeed, it fits...Read complete review

      First, this is a beautiful and well constructed bag: great fit & finish and top quality materials. I bought it to carry my Olympus EP-3 and pancake and, indeed, it fits fine if you don't mind it rolling around loose at the bottom of the bag! There is plenty of left over space for a flash and another lens or too. But, oddly, there are no dividers to organize or protect these items from scraping together. I'd be happy with a single divider in the middle. Unfortunately the Pola, unlike my other Billingham bags, lacks velcro cloth. I might sew velcro inside the main compartment and install a divider, but sheesh what an oversight for a supposed "camera" bag. Or perhaps use a lens bag to keep my extra lens or flash from scraping against the camera. The Pola is too small for the commercially available camera bag inserts I've seen. Incidentally, my Tascam DR-100 audio recorder fits well, with just enough room for a stereo mic and cable.

      The front and back walls of the bag have dense closed cell foam in them and offer good protection from light knocks. Nothing on the sides.

      Finally, this British made bag is much higher quality, better looking and less expensive than similar "made in China" Coach bags. So not a total fail. As shipped, it's a great purse (5 stars) but a poor camera bag (1 star).

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      2.0

      Quality Product with a couple problems

      By Fuji X Photographer

      from Maryland

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Expensive Shoulder Pad
      • No Inserts

      Best Uses

      • Accessory Only Storage
      • Small Accessory Storage

      Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Black Leather Trim):

      I initially bought this to use with the X100s, but retuned the bag. This bag would gain two additional stars if bag inserts and a shoulder pad were included in some form.Price is a factor so one star off as this bag should really be under $ for its size and lack of inserts.Maybe 3 stars is the most this deserves.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Beautiful bag, outstanding quality,

      By Noregrets

      from Ontario

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Strap
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Protection
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Too Small

      Best Uses

      • Daily Transport

      Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Black Leather Trim):

      but a little small for what I was looking for so I returned it. I liked the compartments and it's great for a smaller camera (my Sony a7 with the 35 mm lens fit well and it would hold another lens), but does not have very much room for anything else. It would be a nice bag as a purse (or man purse). I also find it awkward to remove a camera from a bag that has a zipper opening. I like the idea, but when I actually withdraw the camera I have to give it all my attention, use both hands and I am wary of scratching the camera against the zipper. Again, a person preference thing - not a flaw in the bag design.

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect bag for strolling the streets

      By JohnB

      from South Carolina

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Could use more padding

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

      This bag has turned out to be far more useful than I orginally figured. Not only does it carry my NEX-7 with Leica lens attached plus another Leica lens in its leather pouch, it carries all my id and credit cards, receipts, cell phone, business cards, etc. I am one of those who carry a male purse and this bag has replaced it. Not only that but it is quite fashionable. But the most important thing, as many of us photographers know, is that my wife likes it!

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pola: The small, big bag.

      By jpmac55

      from Averill Park, NY

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

          Another great bag from Billingham. I bought it for a Fujifilm X-Pro1. This bag is compact but larger than it may appear mostly because it lacks divider inserts. I just wrap the spare lenses so really do not miss the dividers at all.

          I can fit my camera with an attached lens, plus at least one other, maybe two but that would be pushing it. Still other pockets for batteries, cards, etc..

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          • No

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Great Purse but Weak Camera Bag

          By Gochugogi

          from Honolulu

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality
          • Limited Compatibility
          • Poor Design
          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Carry iPhone
          • Carry Smokes

          Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

          First, this is a beautiful and well constructed bag: great fit & finish and top quality materials. I bought it to carry my Olympus EP-3 and pancake and, indeed, it fits fine if you don't mind it rolling around loose at the bottom of the bag! There is plenty of left over space for a flash and another lens or too. But, oddly, there are no dividers to organize or protect these items from scraping together. I'd be happy with a single divider in the middle. Unfortunately the Pola, unlike my other Billingham bags, lacks velcro cloth. I might sew velcro inside the main compartment and install a divider, but sheesh what an oversight for a supposed "camera" bag. Or perhaps use a lens bag to keep my extra lens or flash from scraping against the camera. The Pola is too small for the commercially available camera bag inserts I've seen. Incidentally, my Tascam DR-100 audio recorder fits well, with just enough room for a stereo mic and cable.

          The front and back walls of the bag have dense closed cell foam in them and offer good protection from light knocks. Nothing on the sides.

          Finally, this British made bag is much higher quality, better looking and less expensive than similar "made in China" Coach bags. So not a total fail. As shipped, it's a great purse (5 stars) but a poor camera bag (1 star).

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          • No

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great Man Purse but no dividers

          By gochugogi

          from honolulu

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Lightweight
          • Lots of exterior pockets
          • Pretty

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality
          • Limited Compatibility
          • No dividers
          • Poor Design
          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Man purse

          Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

          First, this is a beautiful and well constructed bag: great fit & finish and quality materials. I bought it to carry my Olympus EP-3 and pancake and, indeed, it fits fine if you don't mind it rolling around loose at the bottom of the bag. There is plenty of left over space for a flash and a couple small or medium lenses. But, oddly, there are no dividers to protect said items from scraping together. I'd be happy with a single divider in the middle. Unfortunately the Pola, unlike my other Billingham bags, lacks velcro cloth. I plan to sew velcro inside the main compartment and install a divider, but sheesh what an oversight for a supposed "camera" bag.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Nice bag.

          By Niken

          from Seneca,SC

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Good Protection
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Transport

            Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Black Leather Trim):

            Just the size and quality that I was looking for.Will be holding my P7100.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect shoulder bag

            By Kullen

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

              Fits my Leica M7 perfectly with extra space for the following:
              -12 rolls of film
              -Moleskine notebook w/ pen
              -Filters
              -Multitool

              If you're looking for a great quality, small, discreet, unassuming bag to carry the bare essentials, this is the bag for you.

              There are no padded inserts/dividers included but I had a small one laying around so that was no issue to insert.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Tiny!

              By JJ

              from Warrenton, VA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Too Small

                Best Uses

                • Daily Transport

                Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Black Leather Trim):

                I had to send this bag back. It's VERY small. Nice quality, NO VELCRO. Would be fine for a small DSLR with one lens. No extras.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Daily Carry Bag

                By avidphotog

                from tampa, fl

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Protection
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Transport

                  Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Black Leather Trim):

                  The Billingham Pola bag is the perfect bag to carry a camera and 1-2 small lenses for daily photo outings. It is a high quality product with thoughtful design. The main compartment provides easy access to my camera and the smaller compartments in the bag readily handle the accessories I need for a day trip. I have two larger Billingham bags, but the Pola bag is the one I use most every day.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Billingham Stowaway provides quality

                  By Royal Dunce

                  from Lebanon, NH

                  About Me Enthusiast, Hobbyist, Travel

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects

                    Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

                    The Billingham Stowaway Pola camera bag works perfectly in handling my Nikon P7000 digital camera and a few accessories (small flash and wide-angle lens). At the same time, it handles things like airplane tickets, wallet, etc., very conveniently going through security checks. Billingham's quality can't be beat.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good Bag

                    By JCL

                    from Pasadena, Ca

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction
                    • Well Padded

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Usage
                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                      This is a well crafted bag. It's larger than I anticipated.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Perfect travel bag for small cameras.

                      By Decrepitus Maximus

                      from Uruapan, Mich. Mexico

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • No dividers

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Usage

                      Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                      I got this for a small P&S 35mm camera years ago. Now I use it for my new Panasonic Lumix LX5 system (camera, EVF, 2 optical VF's, battery charger, extra batteries and several cards). This has become for me the perfect travel system leaving the cumbersome DSLR at home. The Pola houses it perfectly plus some extras like phone and even a small collapsible umbrella.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Nice compact bag

                      By Joanne

                      from Columbus TX

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Convenient pockets
                      • Well Made

                      Cons

                      • No soft lining

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday camera bag

                      Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Black Leather Trim):

                      I use this product as an everyday handbag carrying a few personal items plus my G11. The size is just right and the pockets are useful. The zipper pocket on the front flap is convenient for holding my credit cards. The only thing lacking is I wish the main compartment had soft lining and one divider to better protect my camera and allow me to carry other items in the same compartment without worrying about them bumping or scratching the camera. All in all, a classy, well-made little bag.

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                      4.0

                      High quality bag

                      By Kini

                      from Flagstaff, AZ

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Quality
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Uncomfortable strap

                      Best Uses

                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

                      Very good bag for my Canon G9, billfold, keys and a few papers. A good man purse. The strap is very long for a short person. I had to cut and shorten it.

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