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BillinghamHadley Shoulder Bag, Large (Black with Tan Leather Trim)
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (14)
  • Comfortable (12)
  • Easily accessible equipment (11)
  • Strong construction (11)
  • Well padded (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily usage (11)
    • Protecting gear (8)
    • Transporting gear (8)
    • Travel (7)
    • Daily transport (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    You will love it !!!

    This bag is big enough to carry all this stuff : canon 5D mkII, canon 70-200 f2.8 IS + 1.4X, canon 50 f1.2, canon 24 f1.4, canon 24-70 f2.8 mkII,...Read complete review

    This bag is big enough to carry all this stuff : canon 5D mkII, canon 70-200 f2.8 IS + 1.4X, canon 50 f1.2, canon 24 f1.4, canon 24-70 f2.8 mkII, canon 100 f2.8 IS macro, canon Speedlite 430EX, extra battery with charger, 4 filters, 3 CF cards, macbook air.

    The quality is great. When the bag is fully loaded, the strap is uncomfortable. You will need the shoulder pad (SP-20) if you expect to carry the bag for a long period. You can remove the insert (with all the stock inside) to use the bag to carry other things than camera gear.

    The price is higher than the majority of camera bag, but you will have much more than the others.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Problems using Hadley shoulder Bag

    I am a Pro user, wanted a more attractive bag which I thought might initially impress or attract new clients. The bag is attrctive, well made, and sized well, but has one...Read complete review

    I am a Pro user, wanted a more attractive bag which I thought might initially impress or attract new clients. The bag is attrctive, well made, and sized well, but has one major defect: the leather closures on the top flap are not very secure, and easily opened, unlike the locking plastic closure on the better LowePro, Tamrac, etc. bags. I can't take the chance of a lens or body falling out of a partially open, or open bag, and and often in industrial ( factories, showrooms, outdoor sites)locations where the bag gets bounced around and secure closures are essential.

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    5.0

    Great design, and durability

    By El Gringo Esteban

    from Venice, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Great Bag 2nd One 4 Me
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

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

    Briefcase, camera bag, lap top

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    5.0

    Nice Bag

    By GM

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

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

      This bag looks very nice...it does not look like a camera bag at all. I have not used it yet so I don't have an opinion how practical it is yet.

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      5.0

      Almost as perfect as the Original

      By Bakeneko

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Spacious
      • Styling

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Street photography
      • Travel

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

      I got this bag to replace my damaged Hadley Original (freak accident that ripped the canvas). The Original was the perfect bag for me, capable of comfortably carrying my Nikon w/ 3 primes (1 mounted), various supplies, and house keys/wallet. It was about as large as one would want for a functional street bag. It offered easy access, conformed to my back/hip sufficiently, and wasn't too heavy (I never loaded it to the max). The newer Hadley Large nearly matches Original in all of these aspects, but because it's a bit larger overall, it pushes the limits of comfort and easy access. Having been used to the smaller Original, getting used to working with this bag took some time. I wish Billingham still produced the Original. I know the Pro is closest in dimension with the Original, but the handle on the Pro rules it out for me. I find it just gets in the way and it doesn't seem to fit the styling like the handles of the 5 Series.

      Overall, this bag is a Billingham, and so oozes with quality and style. If I could rate it 4.5/5 I would, solely because it's a tad too large for my street photography needs.

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      5.0

      Found it

      By Chaz

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction
      • Versatile
      • Very Rain Resistant
      • Well Padded

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage
        • Macbook 15" With Sleeve
        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

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

        Im an amateur user but really love to look put together and with a normal "camera bag" I wasnt happy, always switching bags. This bag I have had about a year and it is still great. I carry it literally everyday. Days where im out Ill have the camera insert in and take pictures. Other days Ill take the insert out, put a padded sleeve for my 15" macbook and carry that. Ipad mini fits perfectly in the front pockets for the photo outings. I would recommend the shoulder pad, the bag never falls off my shoulder. Ive been in many rain storms with the bag and never leaked. I cant tell you how much I love this bag. Only complaint is that I would love a top handle, possibly a zip pouch. Next bag will be a hadley pro when I get a smaller laptop. Ill always have this bag. it was definitely worth the high price tag.

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        5.0

        You will love it !!!

        By Marc

        from Quebec, Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Good Protection
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Transport
          • Travel

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

          This bag is big enough to carry all this stuff : canon 5D mkII, canon 70-200 f2.8 IS + 1.4X, canon 50 f1.2, canon 24 f1.4, canon 24-70 f2.8 mkII, canon 100 f2.8 IS macro, canon Speedlite 430EX, extra battery with charger, 4 filters, 3 CF cards, macbook air.

          The quality is great. When the bag is fully loaded, the strap is uncomfortable. You will need the shoulder pad (SP-20) if you expect to carry the bag for a long period. You can remove the insert (with all the stock inside) to use the bag to carry other things than camera gear.

          The price is higher than the majority of camera bag, but you will have much more than the others.

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          4.0

          Quality with Class

          By TheTYK

          from Boston

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Strong Construction
          • Well Padded

          Cons

          • Cumbersome

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear

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

          Waoh! Where do I begin..The canvas material of this bag is simply awesome, it has a smooth and soft feel to it. The overal design of the bag looks very nice and I can even fit my 15" Mac with retina in it. Although sometimes when I don't have my laptop in it, I wish it would be smaller. Given the price tag, I was first hesitant to buy it, but I thought I could always return it later if I'm not pleased with the bag. However, after I got the bag, it was too hard to resist. I believe if you have the money, go for it!

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          5.0

          Solid Stylish Functional

          By The Venerable Bean

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage
            • Transporting Gear

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

            This is a solid, stylish, and functional bag. The material is heavy and of a fine water repellent weave.

            I have wanted a bag which does not look like a camera bag for small location shoots and travel where I need both camera and laptop computer. I can fit my 13" MacBook Pro snugly in the back inside divider. I can place my Nikon D200 with a sizable 24-85mm lens on the left, I had an open space in the middle which could fit a large flash, and stacked two lenses on the right. The front pouches held a fair amount of objects: charger and cord, polarizing filter, memory cards, etc. I can put a large paperback book in the other pouch.

            The only thing that one might consider lacking are dividers or small pouches in the front pockets for easy organizing of small objects like memory cards. With all of this gear I would recommend adding the shoulder pad for comfort when the bag is heavily laden.

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            5.0

            Well-made, nice looking, and functioning

            By Taiker

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Not Enough Pocket Room
            • Too Small

            Best Uses

            • Daily Transport
            • Storage
            • Travel

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

            First I was't so sure about the size of this big. I was looking for a walk-around bag, a bag that can fit one DSLR nicely and sometime one lens. This bag did its job really well. When I just got the bag, it is much bigger than I expected, but just the size I need. (I am quite bulk, so a tiny small back on me will be really really weird) It fit my 5D Mark III with 24-105 (without hood) nicely. Vertically insert the camera w/ lens, still gives a plenty of space. Probably can fit another Fuji X100/X Pro1 on top of that. Beside the camera, there are still spaces from other 2 lanes/flash. 70-200 F2.8L II(without hood) will fit just fine. So I guess a 24-70 will also fit as well. It is really well-made overall, when you get the bag, you will know what you paid for. The feel of the material just better, it's water resistance , and the top cover is well covered to protect your gear from any weather that you normally expect. And it is looking nicely too. (Can't say stylish, but people can't tell it's a camera bag)However, Larger size might be a little too big for mirror-less or rangefinder photographers, the Pro and the Small should fits pretty well.

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            3.0

            Problems using Hadley shoulder Bag

            By Shooter

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Strong Construction
            • Well Padded

            Cons

            • Easily Opened
            • Insecure Top Closure

            Best Uses

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

              I am a Pro user, wanted a more attractive bag which I thought might initially impress or attract new clients. The bag is attrctive, well made, and sized well, but has one major defect: the leather closures on the top flap are not very secure, and easily opened, unlike the locking plastic closure on the better LowePro, Tamrac, etc. bags. I can't take the chance of a lens or body falling out of a partially open, or open bag, and and often in industrial ( factories, showrooms, outdoor sites)locations where the bag gets bounced around and secure closures are essential.

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              5.0

              Great bag for travel

              By Derek Y

              from New York, NY

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Protection
              • High Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Not Suited For Work

              Best Uses

              • Travel

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

              great travel bag.
              size and format means you carefully consider what to bring for travel.

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              4.0

              Good looking and Light Bag

              By Thomas Gao

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Good Protection
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Transport
                • Storage
                • Travel

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

                Used for camera, 15' laptop, accessories.
                No small pockets inside for organizing small items like batteries, memory cards, keys, etc. No handheld handle. But true to its claimed quality. Compact and lightweight.
                B&H is a reliable store.

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                5.0

                Fantastic Bag Worth the Money

                By Timofei

                from San Francisco

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Protection
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Transport
                  • Storage
                  • Travel

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

                  At first i was hesitant to spend $ on a shoulder bag, but it is absolutely fantastic. I use it every day as a shoulder bagwithout the insert. I keep my camera gear in the removable compartment, so when i want to bring myequipment i can just slide it in and i am ready to go very fast, very easy. The only concern i have with the bag is that my 15" mac book pro doesn't quite fit when i have the incert loaded with my cameras and lenses, but it does fit if i keep the gear to the minimum. Also the optional $ Tripod straps should be included...

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                  4.0

                  Nicely made

                  By Richard

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Access Equipment

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Usage

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

                  The bag was nicely made but the way to open the bag is kind of hideous and time consuming.

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                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By Swecam

                  from Sweden

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Nice size, good quality

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                        5.0

                        Too small for Canon EOS 5D Mark II

                        By Iriewoman Photography & Art

                        from Oregon

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        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, Large (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                          I purchased this shoulder bag for my new camera, Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Unfortunately the camera is too big - or the bag too small - for a comfortable and easy fit.

                          However, I did not return the bag, and this should be a testament to its superb quality and function. I love the waterproofed canvas and the leather detail. The clasps open easily and the shoulder strap is positioned correctly so the bag does not try to tumble if it is picked up at a funny angle. The padded interior provides a safe environment for gadgets, cameras, lenses. The dividers are flexible with velcro edges and can be easily readjusted or folded out of the way.

                          I will use this bag for transporting laptop and/or electronic accessories. For my camera, I went much bigger with the Billingham 445.

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                          5.0

                          Great (and darn stylish) Camera Bag!

                          By Falco the Fashion Photographer

                          from San Jose, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Easily attracts dog hair

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Usage
                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

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

                          After watching Kai (DigitalRev from Youtube) review/sport this classy bag, I just had to pick it up for its functionality, quality, and style.

                          This is the bag that I use for my Canon 7D w/50mm 1.4, a telephoto lens, a speedlite, and my new Fujifilm x10. Not only do all of these items fit, the ergonomics of the bag make my items feel incredibly lighter due to the thin yet durable canvas.

                          Pros
                          - Very stylish design that can pass off as a regular, fashionable messenger bag.
                          - Easy to open straps.
                          - Very spacious interior with plenty of cushion for your camera.
                          - Reasonable Price
                          - Great quality leather and materials used

                          Cons
                          - Canvas material attracts dog hair very easily

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                          5.0

                          Great quality!

                          By Makkun

                          from Tokyo, Japan

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          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, Large (Black with Black Leather Trim):

                            I previously bought a Lowepro Slingshot Bag, but just found it was not very convenient when you need to change lens. So I've been looking for a messenger bag to use as a camera bag (although not padded like camera bags) and came across this great product! Very confortable, enough room to carry two cameras, some lenses and accessories, weather resistant (does not have to cover it like Lowepro) and not to mention very stylish!
                            A bit expensive but definitely it was worth every penny.

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                            5.0

                            THE BEST SHOULDER BAG

                            By TIMEPORT4

                            from VERMONT

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Expensive

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Usage

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

                            VERY CONFORTABLE ,EASY TO USE,IT FITS ALL KIND OF GEAR,WORTH ALL THE MONEY SPEND.

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                            5.0

                            worth the price!

                            By Rick

                            from Melbourne

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Easily Accessible Equipment
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Pricey poor value

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Usage

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

                            I'm a trendy person who really hate those regular camera bags. Billingham just fit my style, very luxurious, well designed.. and i also use as a messenger bag. The only cons is its high price. For those who doesnt want just a camera bag, but stylish bag, this is it!

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                            4.0

                            versatile, quality bag

                            By Eva

                            from Utah

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Cumbersome

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Usage
                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

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

                            I've only had this bag for a few days, but i love it already. Great quality... it stands up to being taken out in the rain. My camera feels very secure, plus there's room for my laptop, wallet, sunglasses, notebook and planner, magazine, keys, etc... I'm having a baby in a couple of weeks, and it seems like there will be room for diapers and things, too. Overall, a very practical and beautiful bag.

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