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BillinghamHadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim)
 
4.8

(based on 50 reviews)

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    (12)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (30)
  • Strong construction (22)
  • Comfortable (21)
  • Easily accessible equipment (20)
  • Well padded (20)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Pricey (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (24)
  • Protecting gear (15)
  • Travel (13)
  • Daily transport (9)
  • Transporting gear (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39), Yes (3)

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4.0

Good, if a small bag isn't too limiting

By Bob

from Fargo, ND

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Lacks Handle On Top Flap

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Street
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

I traveled to Chicago with an OM-D camera and a number of lenses for street shooting and carrying additional lenses and accessories in public buildings including The Art Institute of Chicago. I was able to effectively pack the camera body (E-M1) with a 17mm lens attached, and packed 75mm and 25mm (Voightlander) lenses, both of which are on the large side of M4/3 prime lenses. I also packed two spare batteries, extra memory card, lens pen cleaning brush, ball point pen, note cards, microfiber cloth, and phone. If I substituted a 45mm lens for the 75mm, I could also fit polarizing filters for all three lenses. If I absolutely felt I needed it, I could have stuffed a "turkey-baster-style" blower for cleaning lenses, but I left it out. All the items were accessible and the bag didn't get in the way, which is what I wanted. The leather tabs that keep the bag closed were quiet, easy to open and close, and secured the items inside. I didn't have to deal with inclement weather, but the top flap completely covers the top of the bag, so I'm confident the bag would withstand a driving rain without issue. The only feature I wish this bag had is a handle on the top flap. The size forces you to think about what you really need and limit the items you carry with you. If you can work under that constraint, it's an effective and attractive bag. I almost returned the one I purchased when I saw the actual size, but I'm glad I tried it. The other option is the large size, which is still not overly large. I may yet get the larger bag to replace my beloved Domke shoulder bags. The Domkes are incredibly flexible in terms of what you can carry, but it's also easy to bring more than you really need and the Velcro closures are problematic in some situations.

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5.0

Small But Bigger Than You Think

By Coral Palm

from Bangkok, Thailand

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

    Bag seems pretty small, till you realize how much one can put in it. Well made with good construction and materials, not done cheaply. I have a bigger version of this bag for a few years and liked it so much got the smaller one for when I am not needing to carry as much.

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    5.0

    Very Versitile

    By Pete in SD

    from La Jolla, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Street
      • Travel

      Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

      This is a fantastic bag for a mirrorless or micro 4/3 body (I have a Fuji X-E1) with a lens attached (35mm) and two other lenses, spare batteries, filters and an iPad mini or similar small tablet. It is small, so if you have a DSLR you'll be able to get a consumer model and zoom lens attached in there but I can just get my Cannon 5D with the 17mm-40mm in there. Any larger zoom will not work attached. Primes have not been a problem.What is really great about this bag is its versatility due to its removable insert. The insert is very well padded to protect your gear. I generally like to have my camera out and ready to shoot. Sometimes I leave the insert in to store the camera but lately I've taken it out and carried the lenses in small neoprene pouches. This allows me to fit a small book and other items in the bag and made it my go to bag. If I want to carry more than just my camera gear (for a hike or overnight stay) the removable insert is small enough to fit into a backpack with room to spare so I can carry other things like my computer, lunch, files, etc....Another great plus about the insert is that it allows me to carry my gear in a non-descript backpack or bag. I love the look of my Billingham and it is plenty sturdy and tough but it looks like a camera bag (even my non-photog friends can pick it out as one) and trekking through the forest with rain and mud everywhere there's no extra room for a jacket. So if I'm shooting in a possibly iffy spot I can do the transformation and all is well. Otherwise it is on my shoulder 99% of the time.Yes, it is pricey, but after countless bags that really only work for gear and hybrids and inserts that are too bulky to be practical I have found the perfect bag and system for my needs. That's what matters in the end and that's why I spent the money and glad I did. This bag will last (unlike the backpack that is falling apart)and, given the prior amount money I've spent on bags, is well worth it.

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      4.0

      Almost perfect

      By nigelboon

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

          Perfect for a Fuji X-100S, X-T1 and two lenses, memory cards and batteries. Enough for a whole day without putting your back out! The only thing I don't understand is why manufacturers think press studs on the front pockets are the best way to keep them closed. Otherwise a very high-quality bag.

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          4.0

          Quality but Expensive Camera Bag

          By General Washington

          from Maryland

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Hard To Access Equipment
          • Moderate Padding

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black, with Black Leather Trim):

          First off, great bag use it for my Fuji X100s set up with conversion lenses and external flash and accessories.However, the cost is easily $ more than it should cost. Quality is subjective and I do not think these bags are hand made increasing costs. These bags are nice for a mirrors less camera system and sure the larger bags for DSLR's.For the cost of this bag the shoulder pad should be included! *That flap that covers the top of these bags are a Huge hindrance for easy access. Padding could be a bit better, not bad, but not great vs Think Tank.

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          5.0

          Perfect for Keeping it simple

          By marly

          from Texas

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage
            • Protecting Gear

            Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black, with Black Leather Trim):

            I have owned 5 Billingham bags in an effort to find the elusive "perfect bag". I finally found it in the Billingham Hadley Pro, which Is great for travel with my dSLR and a couple of lenses, or accessory gear. But I wanted a somewhat smaller bag for daily use when I only want to take my two smaller cameras, in my instance, the Canon Sl1 and a couple of lenses, or the SL1 and a compact camera.
            If you are looking for a bag to hold a larger dSLR with grip, the Hadley Small might be tight, so you might want to measure the gear. The bag is fairly expandable if you don't mind it being a little stuffed.

            The Billingham Hadley Small is a smaller clone of the Hadley Pro, with same protective interior, configurable dividers, outer Billingham waterproof canvas fabric ease of entry with no zippers, and great classy style, I find it perfect for two smaller cameras, using the outside front pockets for accessory items. There is also room between the removable interior insert and outer shell for an iPad, as I heard mentioned.

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            5.0

            Great Bag

            By plastic fantastic

            from pasadena,ca

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                lightweight, easy access, good padding, well constructed.

                would be nice if it had a handle!!

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                5.0

                great camera bag, and fational too

                By Nikki

                from austin TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Nice Reto Look

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

                  The bag is just the right size for the SLR camera I just bought, with eanogh room for few more things like an extra lens, cards, batarie, ect,.Love the looks and comfertable size, even though before it arived I thought it would be somewhat bigger.
                  The price is somewhat on the high end, but the bag seem to be very well made and I hope to use it for a verylong time in all sort of weather conditions. It seems like it can do the job.

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                  5.0

                  Great Bag

                  By MS

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Usage
                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black, with Black Leather Trim):

                    This is my third Billingham bag- I already have the smaller Hadley Digital and the larger Hadley Pro. This bag is the perfect size for my 5DIII and 24-105 lens or Fuji X-E1 and 2-3 lenses. Billingham bags have great quality, durability, and functionality. An additional benefit is that they are waterproof without needing an additional cover.

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                    4.0

                    Very wel done.

                    By SAtkinson

                    from New Orleans, La

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Excellent quality

                    Cons

                    • High Price
                    • Looks A Little Purse Like

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Set Ups
                    • Street

                    Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                    I have a few larger camera bags and the issue I have is I have a tendency to carry too much stuff... the bigger the bag the more I try to stuff in. I wanted a shoulder bag for my Leica M9 and i wanted it to be small so I'd be forced to travel light. I decided to try the Billingham Small after researching everything. I'm sure I'd love the Think Tank Retrospective, The Lowepro Stuff, the Domke and even the ONA... but I just had it in for the Billingham.
                    I'm able to fit my M9-lens attached and my Fujifilm x-pro 1 with a 35mm 1.4 attached at the same time with enough room for my light meter. All this is the main compartment (thats maxed out, but with enough room to easily put in and remove the cameras). This leaves the two front pockets for cards, batteries, etc, and a small space behind the insert for a notebook.
                    I'm really liking this bag.
                    I think it looks incredible in person... the pictures do nothing for it. The quality is exceptional. It just looks high end. That being said the price, in my opinion, is high. I guess It's a life time bag so in 30 years I will be glad i spent the cash.
                    I use the bag mostly when I'm out and about and it's great for street shooting. Small enough to move through a crowd and not give issues.
                    One down side... my wife calls it my purse. If you aren't secure in your manlyhood you might want to try something else, but I'm ok with carrying a man bag.
                    Bottom line, I'm happy with it and would buy it again without hesitation.

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                    5.0

                    The Best Camera Bag Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                    By Vinny the Lens

                    from Tampa Bay, Florida

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                      Let me start off by saying I just recently sold my Fuji X100 and Leica Billingham Combo bag. I was sad to let the bag go but I sold it as a package deal. I purchased a Leica M6 and needed a bag as a replacement to my combo bag. After hours of research I ordered the Billingham Hadley Small. It is a great bag it is alittle shorter in depth than the Leica combo which is nice and doesnot feel as box like. It is a little bit bigger that the Leica one and had two nice pouches in the front that can accommodate many different items to include rolls of film. I am a pro photographer and own many a camera bag to include Domke, Crumpler, Lowe Pro and Tamrac. This company is the best hands down if you want quality and functionality. If you are on the fence looking at this bag trust me you will not be disappointed. I order from B&H exclusively because I know I am getting a genuine product and customer service all at a great price.

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                      5.0

                      The best camera bag ever!!!

                      By Vinny the Lens

                      from Tampa Bay Florida

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                          Lets just say I sold my Leica Billingham combo bag that I really liked when I sold my Fuji X100. I purchased a Leica m6 camera and I needed a bag for it. I looked for days on end for a replacement. I really missed my Billingham bag. I decided to buy the Hadley small. It is perfect ! It is a little thinner in depth than the combo bag which is really nice and doesn't feel as boxy. It is however a little bit bigger than the combo bag. Has two front pouches which can hold a lot of stuff including rolls of film. Inside is well padded and can hold multiple lenses and is configurable. I own many a camera bag to include Domke, Crumpler, Lowe pro and Tamrac. This is simply the best camera bag for a rangefinder kit or mirrorless camera system. Order it from B&H as I always know I'm getting a genuine product and service. I am a professional photographer and do a lot of research before buying gear. If you are in the fence about this bag trust me it is one of the better made bags out there and functional as well.

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                          5.0

                          Awesome Bag!

                          By JR

                          from Vail, CO

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Transport
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

                            This is a great bag. It is incredibly well made and it looks great on top of that. I use this bag with my D7000. I can fit the D7000 with a lens attached, and the bag can carry one spare lens, as wel(ex. nikon 85 1.8 and 35 1.8 or the sigma 10-20 4-5.6). It is a pricier bag, but I highly recommend it. It's a very well made bag.

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                            5.0

                            Great little bag

                            By Light Traveler

                            from Orlando, Florida

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Storage
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                              Excellent quality bag. It fits more than you think when looking at the bag. I was able to carry a Fuji X-Pro 1 with the 35mm lens and hood, a pair of Leica 8x42 binoculars, rechargeable battery/charger and a a few small items (SD cards,etc.). The stitch work on the bag is very good and the quality of the leather is evident.

                              I liked the khaki color much better than the black althoug it will get dirty much quicker. My only complain is I which it had a small handle.

                              The padded interior can be removed and the camera bag turns into a nice messenger style bag.

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                              5.0

                              Great bag.

                              By Aureliano Buendía

                              from New York City

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Daily Usage
                                • Protecting Gear
                                • Transporting Gear

                                Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black, with Black Leather Trim):

                                Great quality and style. I'm able to fit a Nikon D5100 body with a 18-105mm lens attached and a 55-300mm next to it. The two front pockets are spacious enough to carry an extra battery, charger and SD cards along with my glasses/sunglasses case. Love it. Worth every penny of its price.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Bag! Has style and impressive!

                                By Fine Art Photography

                                from Ann Arbor, MI

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable Strap
                                • Durable
                                • Good Protection

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Daily Transport

                                  Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

                                  I receive positive comments about the style of the bag.
                                  Provides a impressive image when I arrive at the shoot or meeting. Was not expecting accolades on a camera bag. . . .

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                                  5.0

                                  i love it i love it i love it!

                                  By bufanda

                                  from New York, New York

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Daily Transport

                                    Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

                                    Finally a super cute fashionable camera bag! Every time I take out my Canon Rebel I feel like I am in London on a super cool show like Downton Abbey. Besides its looks, my Hadley is very waterproof (I got caught in the rain one evening and it stayed completely dry), it is very easy to access, comfy, and plenty of room for my SLR and Olympus OM-1 (or lenses). Also, I use the pockets for my card reader, extra battery, lip balm, my iPod and the back slot for my Moleskin. It comes with many removable inserts if you really wanna organize your bag (I just use 1 insert). I never write reviews, but I feel so passionate about my Billingham I decided the whole world had to know.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great bag

                                    By Aureliano Buendia

                                    from New York City

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Daily Transport
                                      • Storage
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

                                      Compact yet with enough space to carry a camera body with a 17-50mm lens and a second lens next to it. Two handy front pockets for cards and chargers. Stylish looking.

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                                      5.0

                                      Super Bag

                                      By GP

                                      from Houston tx

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • Nothing

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Daily Usage
                                      • Great For Street
                                      • Great For Traveling
                                      • Protecting Gear
                                      • Transporting Gear

                                      Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black, with Black Leather Trim):

                                      This is by far the best bag. I have gone through a lot of bags in my time .
                                      First the bag is made extremely well the best I have seen for gear .
                                      Canvas and leather real nice look and feel brass buttons well done .
                                      Light weight and small compared to some others . Plus does not look
                                      Like a gear bag which I like. small size but can hold a lot for the size .
                                      I fit my fuji x 100 and fuji x pro 1 plus two lens ,few batteries , iPhone ,
                                      Ipad with Smart Cover , few other small items with no problem.
                                      I would highly recommend this bag to any one looking for a compact well made
                                      Bag . Little pricey but you get what you pay for .

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                                      5.0

                                      Superb bag

                                      By Dugs

                                      from Camarillo, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                      • Strong Construction
                                      • Superb Material And Build

                                      Cons

                                      • Expensive

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Daily Usage
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black, with Black Leather Trim):

                                      Beautiful, well made, perfect for m43 setup

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