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Billingham Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black/Tan Leather)

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Product Highlights

  • For Compact Cameras
  • Brass Hardware
  • Leather Trim
  • Removable Shoulder Strap
  • Belt Loops
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Color: Black & Tan

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Series: Pola

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Carry your compact camera in style with the black and tan Billingham Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag. This canvas travel bag features leather accents and solid brass hardware, and is for a compact camera and accessories such as a passport, keys, and other travel items. It has a padded main compartment, a zipped front flap pocket, zipped side pocket, and front and rear slip pockets. It can be carried using a removable adjustable shoulder strap, or on a belt using the attached loops.

Material Exterior: Canvas with leather trim
Interior: High density closed cell foam
Type of Closure Zippers
Solid brass clog bolt and harness leather locking system
Exterior Dimensions 8.6 x 3.4 x 8.6" (220 x 85 x 220 mm)
Interior Dimensions Main Compartment: 7.5 x 3.3 x 8.7" (190 x 85 x 220 mm)
Zipped Front Flap: 5.9 x 3.5" (150 x 90 mm)
Front Slip Pocket: 6.3 x 6.3" (160 x 160 mm)
Zipped Side Pocket: 6.7 x 5.5" (170 x 140 mm)
Rear Slip Pocket: 7.1 x 7.1" (180 x 180 mm)
Accommodates Compact camera with accessories
Capacity 137 cubic inches (2.25 L)
Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder strap
Belt loops
Weight 1.2 lb (530 g)
Billingham Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Black/Tan Leather)
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  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    BillinghamStowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Sage Green/Tan Leather)
     
    4.1

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (11)
    • Compact (9)
    • Strong construction (5)
    • Durable (4)
    • Good protection (4)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Daily transport (4)
    • Daily usage (4)
    • Transporting gear (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (6), 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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    4.0

    I would buy this product again

    By Richard

    from Lake Forest CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Stowaway Pola Shoulder Bag (Sage Green/Tan Leather):

    Use during traveling. Very handy and comfortable. Expensive.

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    • Yes

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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/Tan Leather):

    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/Tan Leather):

        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/Tan Leather):

        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/Tan Leather):

        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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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/Tan Leather):

            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/Tan Leather):

                  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/Tan Leather):

                    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/Tan Leather):

                    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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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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/Tan Leather):

                    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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