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BillinghamHadley Shoulder Bag, Large (Black with Tan Leather Trim)
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (23)
  • Comfortable (19)
  • Strong construction (19)
  • Easily accessible equipment (18)
  • Well padded (17)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (19)
  • Transporting gear (14)
  • Protecting gear (13)
  • Travel (8)
  • Daily transport (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

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

Perfect

By Oscar Romagnoli

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Transporting Gear

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

    Very well done, beauty finishes, easy, and it was perfect ti fit a machine dslr, 3 lenses, small accessories and a Macbook Pro retina of 15"

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    5.0

    Great Bag!!!!

    By Dee27130

    from New Jersey

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

    This is an all around awesome bag!!! This bag can be used not only for you camera needs but you can use it for your personal needs also and the protection it offers is amazing!!!

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    5.0

    A Bit More Room

    By Pictureted

    from Redwood City, CA

    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 Shoulder Bag, Large (Black with Black Leather Trim):

      Can hold my D810 with 24-85VR, 70-200/4 (with TC1.4), and either 16-35/VR or two primes (28/1.8 and/or 20/1.8 and/or 14/2.8) and one more small-medium prime, Plus spare batteries, cards, phone and glasses. I can use the RRS L-Bracket on the D810, but it's a bit tight.

      I don't miss the handle on top and the bag looks and feels smaller without it. (vs a smaller Hadley).

      The more I use the tab closures on the Billingham bags, the better I like them. The hold tight, are easy to use and quiet. The bags is waterproof without other bags to carry.

      They should provide the shoulder pad.

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      • No

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      5.0

      The best DSLR or mirrorless case I've found.

      By Mimi

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      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 have used this bag for over 20 years, and it's just now beginning to look a bit worn. It is lightweight, has successfully seen my SLRs through the heaviest rainstorms, served as a travel bag and camera bag combination, stays relatively clean but has been successfully hand-washed to eliminate the dirt that any fabric bag might pick up on a smooth surface. Nothing I've tried of this approximate size holds as much as comfortably. Many smaller "mirrorless" bags won't easily handle my Black Rapid strap.

        The bag's strap is long, wide and sturdy, and the buckles make it appear difficult to open by a pickpocket, while in reality, all it requires is pulling the straps off their pins.

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        5.0

        Spacious, And A Bargain

        By Ejay

        from Salem, Oregon

        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, Large (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

          The Billingham Hadley Large is a medium sized bag, but holds a lot. I squeezed: a Nikon D3300 camera, a Nikon 35mm prime lens, a Nikon 18-55mm VRII Zoom lens, a non VR Nikon 55-200mm zoom lens, a Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine prime lens, and a Rokinon 500mm prime 'mirror' lens, and T-Mount, into the bag...along with a host of: batteries (AA, AAA, and EN-EL-14a), lens caps, pens, a small flashlight, a battery charger, a lens cleaning kit, my D3300 owner's manual, my iPad Mini (in a keyboard case), a pocket notebook, an 8.5x11" Mead notebook, a set of filters, in.

          I also managed to get: an eyepiece cap, a WU-1a wireless adaptor, a Nikon SB-300 tilt head speed-light flash, several SD-XC memory cards, and cases, and a small Opteka soft box for the flash into the bag. I think there may even be enough room left over for the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro zoom lens I will be getting next month. The bag is soft, and so deforms a bit to spread wide enough to handle it all, yet it closes tightly enough to keep rain out. That is useful in Oregon.

          Of course, it weighs a bit, fully loaded, but that is the gear, not the bag. I will be getting the optional accessory SP-50 shoulder pad for the shoulder strap, to ease the load a bit. I love the bag, and have no complaints, though it could use more small pockets, inside the lid, for memory cards, and such. This was money well spent. I highly recommend it...unless one of the other Billingham bags would serve you better. The Hadley Pro is smaller, but there are larger bags available, too. The Billingham Hadley Large serves my needs admirably, and B&H sold it to me at a bargain price...what other sources were selling smaller bags in this line for. It was just what a tight budget buyer like me needed.

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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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          • No

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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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            4.0

            Truly a thing of simplistic beauty!

            By Bud

            from Philly burbs

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Expensive but worth it

            Best Uses

            • Street
            • Travel

            Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag, Large:

            I have lusted after a Billingham bag for years. I finally took the plunge and bought the Hadley Large in sage with tan leather trim for my new Fuji X E-X1, X100S and lenses.

            You give up the multitude of pockets, zippers and pouches of the typical photo bag, but in return you get a very lightweight, sharp looking and stealthy bag that doesn't scream "Expensive photo gear inside".

            Empty the bag is super light and can hold a lot of stuff. I can also carry my iPad or Macbook Air 13" by sliding it in between the photo gear insert and the inside of the bag.

            I love it!

            Cheers.
            Bud

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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

              Billingham Large Hadley

              By J Snyder

              from So Thomaston, Maine

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Protection

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Transport

                Comments about Hadley Shoulder Bag, Large:

                Best bag for traveling light with one large DSLR...even with a 70/200

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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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                  • No

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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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                      • No

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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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                          • No

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