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Billingham555 Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim and Brass Fittings)
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Comfortable strap (3)
  • Good protection (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent quality as expected

    This my third Billingham that I currently own. I have a Hadley Pro for basic use (one camera, two lenses) and a 335 for carrying a bit more. This latest 555 holds...Read complete review

    This my third Billingham that I currently own. I have a Hadley Pro for basic use (one camera, two lenses) and a 335 for carrying a bit more. This latest 555 holds everything I own and will be used on occasions when I need absolutely everything with me. Granted it's heavy when fully loaded.

    It's my fifth Billingham that I've owned over a lifetime. Once you use these bags it's hard to go back to anything else. Billingham and Domke are the only two brands that have served me well.

    The bags are built to last a long, long time. In fact they look even better as they age. If you've never used a Billingham give it a try and just be sure to spend some time with it before you make up your mind. It takes a while to understand the Billingham philosophy and way of doing things. But in the end, there's really nothing that can beat them for their overall value and longevity.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice to look at

    This is a beautifully crafted bag with a very British look and feel to it with top quality materials and craftsmanship. However, it is one of the most impractical bags I've ever owned....Read complete review

    This is a beautifully crafted bag with a very British look and feel to it with top quality materials and craftsmanship. However, it is one of the most impractical bags I've ever owned. I have much smaller bags that fit way more stuff. My first complain are the non-adjustable pre-fabricated compartments that have one square section that will fit small lenses without any problems, and a smaller, rectangular section that will fit a speed light. These fabric covered "boxes" have hook and loop fasteners that don't match up to anything inside the bag. They don't even match up to each other so you end up with 3 or 4 loose-fitting compartments. The square sections are way too small to accommodate larger diameter lenses so you have to really struggle to pull an 85 f1.4 or 35 f1.4 out of the bag. because of the tight fit, some of my lenses have developed scuff marks. All in all, I would say the design of these compartments is rather poor. The manufacturer's descriptions of these accessories is rather nebulous so it's hard to figure out what the myriad of compartments are. These is minimal padding around the outside of the bag so it seems like it might be easy to smash a camera body or accessory if one is not careful. This bag is super expensive and really not worth the extra money. I would definitely not recommend this bag.

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    5.0

    Fantastic Camera Bag

    By Jaccobra

    from Shepherdsville, KY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent quality
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Transportation Photos
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim and Brass Fittings):

      I first became acquainted with Billingham while shopping in Freeport, Maine in the early nineties. Since then I have acquired a medium format bag, and recently the larger 555 series. Each of the bags, despite its age, have held up well, maintain their shapes, quality of construction is excellent. I see no reason why the 555 series should be any different. In my opinion, the bags have easy access, and plenty of storage for any type of gear I need to transport. The quality of these bags has not been compromised over the years. If I need another bag in the future, without hesitation, it will be a Billingham product.

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      3.0

      Nice to look at

      By ENormus

      from Beaverton

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Difficult To Arrange

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim and Brass Fittings):

      This is a beautifully crafted bag with a very British look and feel to it with top quality materials and craftsmanship. However, it is one of the most impractical bags I've ever owned. I have much smaller bags that fit way more stuff. My first complain are the non-adjustable pre-fabricated compartments that have one square section that will fit small lenses without any problems, and a smaller, rectangular section that will fit a speed light. These fabric covered "boxes" have hook and loop fasteners that don't match up to anything inside the bag. They don't even match up to each other so you end up with 3 or 4 loose-fitting compartments. The square sections are way too small to accommodate larger diameter lenses so you have to really struggle to pull an 85 f1.4 or 35 f1.4 out of the bag. because of the tight fit, some of my lenses have developed scuff marks. All in all, I would say the design of these compartments is rather poor. The manufacturer's descriptions of these accessories is rather nebulous so it's hard to figure out what the myriad of compartments are. These is minimal padding around the outside of the bag so it seems like it might be easy to smash a camera body or accessory if one is not careful. This bag is super expensive and really not worth the extra money. I would definitely not recommend this bag.

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      5.0

      Perfect

      By Lud

      from Catonsville, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Strap
      • Durable
      • Good Protection
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Transport
        • Travel

        Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather and Brass Fittings):

        Love the material, everything I'D HOPED IT WOULD BE. Not as big as I thought it would be which is perfect. seems very durable, spacious, and accommodating. I wanted a canvas bag that I could use for work to carry books and charts, etc. I love that it is a shoulder bag and has carrying handles, and that the inserts are removable when I don't need them. Fits my Macbook Pro and iPad and Canon 7D and 3-4 lens easily. And thats just inside, still have the 4 other exterior pockets for iPhone, and camera accessories. I can flip it on the weekends or for trips to carry my camera and gear. Absolutely a beautiful bag. Glad I chose this one after much, much research, so far it is what I wanted. Only been a few weeks, so we'll see how I feel about it 1 or 5 years from now, especially for the price, it better last longer.

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        5.0

        DELIVERS AS PROMISED

        By HNZ57

        from BOISE, IDAHO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Durable
        • Good Protection
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim and Brass Fittings):

          BEAUTIFUL HIGH QUALITY BAG WITH LARGE CAPACITY TO CARRY EVERYTHING NEEDED FOR TRAVEL ON INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES. STORES MY NIKON D800 BODY, CANON MRK 3 BODY, 4 LENSES, A 15" LAPTOP, AND ALL THE EXTRAS REQUIRED FOR SUPPORT 0F MY PHOTOGRAPHY. VERY STRONG BAG BUT LIGHTWEIGHT WITH GREAT FLEXIBILITY FOR STORAGE.

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          5.0

          well-built, roomy, looks good

          By msf02879

          from Wakefield, RI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Good Protection
          • Great Build Construction

          Cons

          • Somewhat Finicky To Open

          Best Uses

          • Daily Transport
          • Travel

          Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim and Brass Fittings):

          I use the bag for casual photography - carrying one gripped body and a few lenses. So far, the bag is great and allows me to carry 3-4 lenses, body, and batteries and still leaves room for misc items (e.g. a book, iPad and other items I take on carry-on for flights). Great looking bag!

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          5.0

          The most amazing bag you will ever own!

          By The Rock Doc

          from New Haven, CT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Exceptionally well-made
          • Keep your Z-finders on
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction
          • Tons of pockets
          • Well Padded

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage
            • Filmmakers who shoot DSLR
            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear
            • Z-finder users

            Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim and Brass Fittings):

            FILMMAKERS TAKE NOTE: I needed a large bag that I could carry on airlines. Something to hold 2 large DSLRs with Z-finders attached, and 6 or 7 lenses. Having looked at the Tamrac, Lowepro, etc. locally I just was not happy with the quality. I kept reading about Billingham bags, but the price tag was a little daunting. But finally I bit the bullet and purchased one. From the moment I took it out of the B&H box I knew I had made the right choice. It looks and feels like no other camera bag I've ever seen. The inserts are amazing in how many ways you can reposition things until they're to your liking. Everything about the bag is exceptionally well made. Really, it's not even on the same planet as other bags. You'll smile every time you look at it. It's the Rolls Royce of camera bags. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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            5.0

            Excellent quality as expected

            By Giacomo

            from California

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather and Brass Fittings):

              This my third Billingham that I currently own. I have a Hadley Pro for basic use (one camera, two lenses) and a 335 for carrying a bit more. This latest 555 holds everything I own and will be used on occasions when I need absolutely everything with me. Granted it's heavy when fully loaded.

              It's my fifth Billingham that I've owned over a lifetime. Once you use these bags it's hard to go back to anything else. Billingham and Domke are the only two brands that have served me well.

              The bags are built to last a long, long time. In fact they look even better as they age. If you've never used a Billingham give it a try and just be sure to spend some time with it before you make up your mind. It takes a while to understand the Billingham philosophy and way of doing things. But in the end, there's really nothing that can beat them for their overall value and longevity.

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              5.0

              Great Bag!!

              By loretovillarreal

              from Monterrey, NL. Mexico

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim and Brass Fittings):

                    I use this bag for my hasselblad and 3 lens. It´s great for travel. Love it!!
                    Loreto Villarreal

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                    5.0

                    Can't go wrong

                    By PBG

                    from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather and Brass Fittings):

                      I haven't owned my bag for very long. Certainly not as long as I wanted to have one, but kept postponing the purchase for one reason or another. This is in fact my second Billingham bag. My first is the Hadley Pro.

                      Both bags are great. Used to own a Domke F5 bag, but Bilingham Bags are superior in every way.

                      Pros:
                      - Great Looking Bag. I originaly wanted the Black one, but my daughter
                      suggested the Sage one. No regrets.
                      - Great workmanship, looks and finish.
                      - Large enough to carry 3 lenses (4 if you count the Nikon 300mm F2.8
                      VR I plan to carry on top), 2 F5 or D3 Bodies, one SB 800 or 900 Flash,
                      one Minolta light meter, and one Tascam DR100 Field Recorder.
                      - Plenty of other gear like Nikon's SD-8A power pack for the flash,
                      Cables, Batteries, Cheatsheets and more.

                      Cons :
                      - Very large Bag. As it can hold a lot, you have to resist the temptation to
                      put everything in it just because you can. It just gets very heavy.
                      - If you can put it down somewhere, it's fine. But if you have to carry it
                      everywhere, it gets very heavy.

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                      4.0

                      Expensively cool

                      By E Normus

                      from Tampa, FL

                      About Me Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to access compartmen
                      • Great build quality
                      • Simple design

                      Cons

                      • EXPENSIVE

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather and Brass Fittings):

                      I travel a lot shooting annual reports and I have to admit that I have never been satisfied with any of the 12 or so camera cases I've purchased. I've had backpacks, roll-ons, large and small shoulder bags, fanny packs, you name it. They're either too large to fit under an airplane seat or they don't carry enough equipment. Some have way too many compartments so looking for stuff takes a great deal of time.

                      I had a bag like the 555 years ago. It was sold by Leica and was plain canvas with leather straps. I loved it, but alas, I got rid of it 30 years ago.

                      In this day and age of high-tech ballistics fabrics, Velcro, Nylon snaps, it's kind of refreshing to see a bag company that has not gone the way of Chinese made, substandard junk and who has kept up the tradition of canvas, leather and brass.

                      This bag is all quality. It is very traditional, but still has high-tech padding material and construction. There is nothing shoddy about it at all. There are few pockets, and these are expansive and easy to reach. There is enough room for my MacBook Pro, my EOS 5D, 5 lenses, a Canon G10 and numerous accessories.

                      The only thing I found confusing to set up are the individual padded compartment "cells". There are no instructions with the bag as to how to set these up so that took a little trial and error. I still don't think they're in correctly. The leather straps and trim are beautiful and the sage color is very elegant.

                      A very expensive bag, but in my mind, worth the price.

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                      5.0

                      Not cheap but an excellent product

                      By Nick

                      from Boston, MA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • High Quality

                      Cons

                      • Expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • Camera Bag
                      • Electronics briefcase

                      Comments about 555 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim and Brass Fittings):

                      This bag is used daily for the following reasons. I keep my digital SLR camera, GPS, 15" laptop and paperwork in this bag.
                      I basically use it as a briefcase. I just love the quality and attention to detail.
                      It is a bit bulky for this purpose but you know the equipment is protect.
                      The quality feel is just superb.

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