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BillinghamHadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Black Canvas & Tan Leather)
 
4.8

(based on 42 reviews)

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    (33)

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    (9)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (38)
  • Easily accessible equipment (36)
  • Well padded (36)
  • Comfortable (35)
  • Lightweight (32)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (34)
  • Protecting gear (20)
  • Transporting gear (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Worth every penny

By LMN

from Berlin Ct.

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 Pro Shoulder Bag (Black Canvas & Tan Leather):

    This Billingham is constructed in a way that I will expect to last a minimum of the rest of my life. It is easy to carry either on the shoulder, cross chest or by the very handy grab handle. My cameras and lenses nestle into the nice, deep pockets of the main body and the extraneous bits fit well into the two front, snap closure pockets. I frequently carry an Ereader and it slips right into the space between the padded insert and the external rear bag material. It is a pleasure to use and a beauty to look at.

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    5.0

    Discreet and Tough

    By Bill the Radio Guy

    from Greenville SC

    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 Pro Shoulder Bag (Black Canvas & Tan Leather):

      The Billingham bag satisfied my first 2 needs in a bag. It is tough and well made, water proof with ample room. And it doesn't scream DSLR inside!.
      High quality and easy to carry.

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      5.0

      The Goldilocks-sized bag

      By chrism

      from Nova Scotia, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

        In other words, it is just right for me when travelling. I used to use a Billingham Alice, so that I could carry one Leica M body, two lenses, iPad and the necessary cables and charger and still have room for a paperback and passport. But if I want to take a MacBook Air 13" the Hadley Pro does the job just nicely. I can use it as a carry-on bag, and it is still small and light enough to carry around at my destination. No need to comment on quality of construction, waterproofing and sturdiness, with Billingham these are taken for granted.

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        5.0

        Terrific, versatile bag

        By Jonathan

        from Boston, MA

        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 Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

          I'd seen some glowing reviews of Billingham's camera bags, and since I was in the market for a bag for my Fuji X kit, I thought I'd try one out. It was immediately clear that the bag's reputation was well deserved. The construction is impeccable, the canvas fabric is beautiful, and (most importantly) it's extremely functional. It's not very difficult to get into the bag with one hand, the lid closes securely, and it keeps my gear well protected.

          In terms of size, it can comfortably fit one rangefinder-style body with attached lens, plus four other lenses — not to mention a bunch of accessories in the front pockets. I was initially thinking about the Hadley Small, but I'm very happy with the Pro. It's smaller than you might think, and even if you usually only carry a camera and two lenses (as I do), the option for the extra room is well worth the minor increase in size and weight. The handle on the top is also a critical feature not present on the Small.

          An important note: in person, particularly indoors, the khaki color is substantially darker than it appears in the B&H product photo. Frankly, this was a big relief for me, and it's a very versatile color. This is the classic Billingham color scheme, and to my eyes it's more elegant than the stealthy black options.

          Bottom line: this is an awesome bag. It's expensive, but if you want this bag (and you should), you're going to buy it eventually. Don't waste your money on lesser bags with which you'll be dissatisfied — just save up and buy the last camera day bag you'll ever own.

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          4.0

          Classy and timeless

          By Andre

          from New York

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Shoulder Pad Included

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Black Canvas & Tan Leather):

          I use this bag for my MFT kit and my MBA 13". Though it is a little cramped for the laptop, this is about the only bag that is all weather proof due to the top cover actually goes over the edges of the bag. I've looked at and had many other bags, but when its coming down, this bag is the only one that keeps everything dry without letting in a single drop.

          The material and the craftsmanship of this bag is second to non and feels comfortable to carry around. My only nit is that it would be nice to include the shoulder pad like they have on the bigger bags. This can of course be purchased as an add-on, but should have been included.

          My bigger bag is in sage color, but chose black with leather trim for this one as I will also use it as my every day work bag. The padded insert can be removed which give you additional room for other things.

          All in all a great bag

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          5.0

          Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag Small

          By Alip

          from Houston TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

            This is a quality product that is easy to access and is built to last a lifetime. I have had a previous larger Model for over 20 years and this smaller version is not a replacement just a smaller version for an updated Leica outfit that weighs much less and takes up less space. Waterproof and a sound investment to protect valuable equipment.

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            4.0

            Perfect size and best looking camera bag

            By Matt

            from NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage

            Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

            I find most camera bags to be incredibly ugly but the Billingham Hadley line retain the classic, rugged yet refined look of traditional english hunting and fishing bags except designed specifically for carrying photography gear. It's top flap design, along with a nylon lining and treated canvas outer material, will keep your gear dry without the use of a cumbersome rain cover. Also, most camera bags are too thick/boxy and hang awkwardly from your body causing them to swing around wildly and also are incredibly conspicuous. This bag hangs close to your body like any briefcase or messenger bag allowing you to walk through a crowd without bumping strangers or drawing attention to yourself. I typically use my Hadley Pro to carry a 60D with attached normal zoom, Sigma 30/1.4, Canon 50/1.8, and a Canon 430exII speedlite while still leaving plenty of room for my iPad mini, lens pens, multi-tool, filter pouch, black rapid strap, and any other smaller photo gear + creature comfort. It's size prevents it from becoming too heavy unless you really stuff it full of heavy equipment.The price is high but, much like a leather jacket or pair of jeans, this bag will last forever and only look better with age.

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            4.0

            Nice bag, fits D800 w 24-70mm 2.8

            By Pablo

            from Long Island

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction
            • Well Padded

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

              Yes, it will fit, but no battery grip, just camera and lens, bag will look full but it will close. You could put a flash and another lens, but now you are just laying things on top of each other making it difficult for quick access.
              This is not a bag I would recommend anyone unless they like the brand and style.

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              5.0

              Nice Bag

              By Helene

              from Santa Clarita, California

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Great Looking
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

                There are more and more events that don't let backpacks in. This bag is very useful for these types of events. It is great looking and almost looks like an expensive purse.

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                4.0

                Small-ish bag that swallows gear

                By AronS

                from Petaluma, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Usage

                  Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Black Canvas & Tan Leather):

                  The Hadley Pro (black w/ tan leather trim) is a beautiful bag. The fabric does pick up and show lint easily. The quality of the construction is amazing, just flawless. I also bought the SP40 leather shoulder pad having read that it doesn't come with a shoulder pad. I tried the bag loaded with and without the shoulder pad and it should be standard. There are cheaper shoulder pads to be sure but it looked right with the bag.

                  I was able to stash my Canon 6D with the 24-105mm lens attached (lens facing down in the center of the padded insert), my Zeiss 35mm f 1.4 on one side with a Canon 50mm f 1.4 on top of that. On the other side the Canon 16-35mm and the small Canon flash on top of that. In the front pockets I was able to stash a couple of cables, a charger, spare battery, and 3 filters. I could also squeeze a full-sized iPad between the padded insert and the back of the bag but as others have said, the bag molds less to your hip while carrying it then.

                  Downside? It's too small. I'm not a lumberjack by any means but the bag looks tiny on my shoulder, really like a man-purse. Several female friends confirmed this for me. Of course, one was my wife who suggested that she have it to carry her 60D and a couple of lenses.

                  It carried the exact bit of kit I wanted to load into it but it's too small in appearance. Now that my wife has taken it over, I'm going to get either a 335 or 445 for myself. That way I should also be able to carry my laptop as well.

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                  5.0

                  This is Art.

                  By Shane

                  from Winnipeg, MB, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

                    This is my first Billingham bag. It is a simply stunning masterpiece.This bag just raised the bar too high for every other bags to reach.

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                    5.0

                    Single greatest camera bag for Leica EVE

                    By ChrisHal4D

                    from Fort Lee, NJ

                    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 Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

                      Carry my Leica M9, 4 lenses, Lee filter kit, extra batteries, charger, cables, ColorChecker Passport, View Finders, cleaning cloths, Kindle, cable release (deep breath) and lots of room left over for much more.Love that it's extendable with the addition of side pockets.Love that it's low-profile and does not reveal that it has so much gear it in.Love that it doesn't look like a normal camera bag.Great quality and workmanship. Might cost a little more, but when you only have to buy one bag, that makes up for the difference.

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                      5.0

                      I've never seen anything better

                      By Acadia

                      from Charlottesville, VA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Ample Room
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Waterproof
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

                        I've had mine for almost 2 years and take it everywhere. Looks new. I was caught once in heavy rain, the exterior wasn't even wet, not to mention the camera inside. My laptop is too big for it, but come on! it's a camera bag. The inside is so well padded, that I've become almost too relaxed about carrying my camera around. AND yes, the looks are fabulous. I've been stopped at airports twice by people who commented on it. If you can afford it, don't hesitate, it's worth the money.

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                        5.0

                        The Perfect Bag!

                        By Lat

                        from upstate NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Usage

                          Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

                          Great camera bag!!! Classy, well made, and designed, and protects your equipment. The fabric is amazing the leather trim adds style and protection. Highly recommended

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Wonderful Construction

                          By Nutmeg Mom

                          from Simsbury, CT

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Black Canvas & Tan Leather):

                              Sturdy and well constructed bag. Holds my Nikon T3i with a zoom, a fixed lens, Black Rapid strap and external flash. Also compartments for extras like booklets, chargers and lens cap, etc. Not the largest bag, but a very nice size for outings. I also like the fact that it will be suitable to carry other things, should I only need my camera and one lens. Practical and stylish.

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                              5.0

                              The small bag with big space

                              By CaliWalkabout

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Easily Accessible Equipment
                              • Good Looking
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Daily Usage
                                • Hiking
                                • Protecting Gear

                                Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Black Canvas & Tan Leather):

                                You get what you pay for with this bag. I use it as my day-to-day man purse (that's right!) for keeping my SLR with me. It looks good enough to carry into professional situations, and carries everything I need in this role. I also have taken it backpacking and hiking in absolutely terrible weather (several hours in pouring rain) and it has held up great. While carrying this backpacking I threw this over my shoulder and attached it to my pack with a light compression strap and it was totally out of the way, but accessible, while keeping my gear protected and dry. Perfect.

                                I find I can carry my Canon T1i with 10-22mm lens attached, 35mm and 60mm primes to one side (stacked with a divider between them) and a flash or fourth longer lens very comfortably. The front pockets carry all I need for the kind of shooting I do - a couple spare batteries, a small filter wallet, a couple CF cards. The only issue I have is dealing with the big 10-22 hood, which I end up cramming into the laptop/ipad slot (works fine) or a front pocket if I haven't stuffed too much in there.

                                I recommend the shoulder pad. It's a very comfortable bag to carry due to its low profile and firm body, but the shoulder pad helps distribute weight a bit better.

                                The leather straps are very easy to manipulate. There's no issue getting in and out of the bag quickly.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic Bag

                                By KGP

                                from Durham, NC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Well Padded

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Daily Usage
                                  • Protecting Gear
                                  • Transporting Gear

                                  Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Black Canvas & Tan Leather):

                                  A great bag. But unless you have a specific need/desire for the handle I recommend getting the Hadley Large, which looks more like a regular messenger bag and is simply more attractive in my opinion.

                                  Fits my D7000 (almost) perfectly, along with a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 and a spare medium telephoto zoom as well with pockets for smaller gear. Would easily accommodate a decent sized flash too.

                                  I love that I can take out the padded part and use this as a regular bag for school or work. Amazing build quality and waterproofing.

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                                  5.0

                                  Extraordinary

                                  By lubbo

                                  from Manhattan, KS

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Daily Usage
                                    • Protecting Gear

                                    Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

                                    You will never regret to buy this. Very good quality, convenient and reliable.

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                                    5.0

                                    Looks Aren't Everything, but Close

                                    By Louis, Grandpa

                                    from Winchester, MA USA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Daily Usage
                                      • Transporting Gear
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

                                      The slim shape of this shoulder bag, comfortably hugging your side, with its top handle so handy in a car or plane, and excellent dimensions inside and pockets outside make this an excellent bag in practical terms. But the looks of it! How much extra would you pay for a spiffy roadster with a leather-covered steering wheel and a spare with silves spokes mounted on the side? Looks aren't everything, but may just be why a buyer who could, would! Louis H. Hamel, Jr., Esq.

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                                      5.0

                                      Light, Functional, Looks Good

                                      By Hoss

                                      from NJ

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Well Padded

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Daily Usage

                                        Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather):

                                        Bought for Nikon D7000 and 2-3 lenses. Very lightweight. Easy access to all items. Excellent quality. Looks sharp.

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