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Billingham445 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather Trim)
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (16)
  • Comfortable strap (15)
  • Good protection (13)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (15)
  • Daily transport (13)
  • Storage (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

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5.0

Best Bag I have ever had.

By RickR

from Boynton Beach FL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Strap
  • Durable
  • Good Protection
  • Well constructed

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Transport
    • Storage
    • Travel

    Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

    I first purchased this bag for my Leica M I can fit all my entire kit lenses flash everything you can need on a shoot. Its easy to hang on your shoulder and pull out what you need on the fly. You get what you pay for its built like a brick! its put together very well with great care. In fact I like this bag so much I just purchased another one for my DSLR system (different color).

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    • No

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    5.0

    Best Large bag I have ever had

    By AlexF

    from NYC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Looking

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Engagement Sessions
      • Family Photos
      • Portraiture
      • Travel

      Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Black with Black Leather Trim):

      Awesome bag to transport the gear. Great materials and very comfortable. It is not the best bag to shoot out from - can be done of course but the lens access is not as convenient as other models. So I would definitely recommend it for any type non event work. For the event work it would depend on how you use your gear - how many cameras and lenses you use at the same time.

      My only real gripe with the bag is that it does not have any pockets for CD/SD cards - so you have to use card wallet with this bag.

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      • No

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      5.0

      You know the quality

      By bobkat

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Strap
      • Durable
      • Good Protection

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Transport
        • Storage
        • Travel

        Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

        I've purchased several bags in the past only to search for a more genuine means to transport my gear.

        I knew about Billingham years ago but could never get past the price. You know what they say, "You get what you pay for", and so I took the Billingham plung.

        I will never regret purchasing the 445 bag, after receiving and organizing my gear. This is the right bag if your looking to transport your gear from location to location or even for travel.

        I have two DSLR bodies, four lens, Fuji x100s, chargers, batteries and many other items in this bag and love it.

        I will indeed purchase another Billingham bag for everyday carry but this is the bag for transporting your gear.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Expensive but well worth it!

        By chris77photo

        from Zurich, Switzerland

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Classic Design
        • Comfortable Strap
        • Durable
        • Good Protection

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Transport
          • Travel

          Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather Trim):

          I had a Billingham Hadley Pro before, but it got to small, so I upgraded to the 445. It is built to the same high standards as the Hadley Pro. I use this bag almost daily and it fits all my gear together with a laptop and other bits and pieces I need. I'm especially happy with the shoulder strap construction, on the Hadley pro, the strap always twisted, but due to the strap construction on the 445 this does not happen any longer. I have nothing negative to say about this bag, you get what you pay for.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          very beautiful bag

          By mike

          from providence,RI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Good Protection

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Transport
            • Travel

            Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

            very good bag, i put in 15" macbook pro, a canon 5D3 with 3 lenses include 70-200 F2.8, and a Leica M7
            almost i can put every thing in it.

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            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Outstanding Bag

            By AronS

            from Petaluma, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Strap
            • Durable
            • Good Protection

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Storage
              • Travel

              Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

              I bought the 445 to carry my Canon kit and Macbook Pro 13" laptop. I am very comfortably able to stash the following:

              Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
              Zeiss 35mm f/1.4
              Canon 430 EX II flash
              Canon 50mm f/1.4
              Canon 40mm f/2.8
              Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II
              A couple of fixed focal length manual Olympus lenses with Canon adapters
              Canon 6D with 24-105mm f/4L IS attached
              All hoods
              Charger, a couple of batteries, cables, filters, etc.
              Macbook Pro 13" and charger

              The bag is pretty heavy with all the gear and I don't normally walk around with it, it's really just for working out of the car or trailer and then I just carry the camera and maybe one extra lens but it's great to finally have one bag that accommodates it all instead of the old 2 - 3 bag setup I had. The 445 is strong and doesn't feel stressed at all.

              The construction is great and impeccably detailed, just as you'd expect a high-end British piece of luggage to be made. Like everyone else, I wish it were less expensive but I don't think it could be made as well for much less. I've probably spent as much on cheap bags over the last few years combined as I did on this but I feel like I'm finished for a good long while now that I have my Billingham.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic quality and stylish look

              By iriewoman photography & art

              from Oregon

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Strap
              • Durable
              • Good Protection

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Transport
                • Storage
                • Travel

                Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                I use this bag to carry my Canon 50D (a pretty hefty DSLR camera) and 4 lenses. Plenty of room for paperwork, pens, accessories, and whatever else I may accumulate. Loops sewn onto the bag allow toting a tripod.

                This bag is large, on the scale of a carry-on suitcase. Filling it with camera equipment will make it pretty heavy.

                My favorite feature is the bag strap. The Y-shape strap attachment ensures that even if your gear is imbalanced, the bag does not flip or tumble.

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                • No

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                5.0

                The last bag you'll ever need

                By ManfromnaM

                from Ha Noi, Viet Nam

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Strap
                • Durable
                • Good Protection
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Transport
                  • Storage
                  • Travel

                  Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather Trim):

                  I was skeptical about this bag since I only was able to see it online, about how it would look and feel in real life, whether it would be too big/small for my needs, and it is quite expensive. Once the bag arrived, all doubts were gone! I love this bag!!!! This has to be the best camera bag I owned to date (I had four previous bags) and I anticipate it will be with me for a long time. It is a bit large (I do expect to grow my hobby to a more serious level), but very very comfortable and handles everything I've got in comfort and style. If you are like me and think the price is a bit steep, my advice is just do it and you'll very glad you did.

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                  • No

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Everydays friend

                  By RomainJerome

                  from Lausanne, CH

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Strap
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Transport
                    • Quick photo travel

                    Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather Trim):

                    This Billingham bag is really a good choice if you want, as I do, make quick photoreport travels.
                    I often use to travel around Europa for few days. I only bring my bag with which contains my 2 mamyia 7, 30 120rolls, 15" laptop, 2 shirts, toilet bag, notebooks, pencils...

                    to my point, this bag is much more than a camera bag.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Camera Bag

                    By Ken

                    from Santee, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Transport
                      • Travel

                      Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                      Carring camera bodies and lenses along with other gear

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      I would buy this product again

                      By CD

                      from Vernon Hills, Il

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Strap
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Transport
                      • Storage
                      • Travel

                      Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                      Great quality.

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                      • No

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                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best Bag

                      By Ed

                      from Illinois

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Transport
                        • Storage
                        • Travel

                        Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather Trim):

                        My third Billingham

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Bag for Travel

                        By Humood

                        from Bahrain

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Strap
                        • Durable
                        • Good Protection

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

                          I bought this bag to carry my expanding Leica M9 camera, I knew it would be large for the M9 but I wanted a big bag to carry all my 6 lenses, my flash and all my accessories all in one place. I had to purchase additional dividers for proper organization, I like the handle which makes the bag easy to carry, a luxurious well built bag for my M9

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Love it!

                          By HJ

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Black with Black Leather Trim):

                              Perfact size for my husband and he is really happy with his new camera bag.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Pricey, but Solid

                              By G

                              from Urbana, IL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable Strap
                              • Durable
                              • Good Protection

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Daily Transport
                                • Travel

                                Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                                I actually use this as much as a regular bag for laptops and general use as for as a camera bag. But its very useful and nice for both.

                                In turns of speed and ease of use, some of the more modern bacgs are probably better, but if you like the classic stylings and materials this is a good choice.

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                                • No

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Amazing quality, the best!

                                By Oscar

                                from Vancouver, CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable Strap
                                • Durable
                                • Good Protection
                                • Very comfortable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Daily Transport
                                  • Storage
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather Trim):

                                  This bag is still comfortable even with a ton of gear in it. The build quality is second to none. I love it and HIGHLY recommend it.

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Comfortable, roomy

                                  By Rick T

                                  from Sweden

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Strap
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Protection

                                  Cons

                                  • Expensive

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Daily Transport

                                  Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather Trim):

                                  I've only had the bag a few weeks, I'm still in the process of deciding how I want to use it. I had no problem packing a D700, an FG, 4 lenses and my 13" Mac on a photo trip. And there was still lot's of room left over. Of course it was too heavy; for that kind of load I will probably choose my backpack in the future. But for my daily commute to work with a camera, no extra lenses, my computer, and some paper and pens is no problem, really quite comfortable! And that's what I was hoping for. I'm pleased.

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                                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing Camera Bag

                                  By Pat

                                  from Miami, FL

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                  • Strong Construction
                                  • Well Padded

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Protecting Gear
                                    • Storing Gear
                                    • Transporting Gear

                                    Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Sage with Tan Leather Trim):

                                    I use this bag for my Nikon D300, 16-85mm, 70-200mm, Metz 40-MZ 3 Mecablitz Flash, Waterproof housing, Table-Top Tripod, Filters, Remotes, and manuals. The bag has plenty of compartments. The bag is sturdy, attractive and the shoulder strap is strong and comfortable. The only thing That I don't like about the bag is the button latches. That said, after looking at all the mass production bags, I found this amazing bag. Don't even think about the price - just order yours and you will love it.

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                                    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Wonderful bag not only for photographer

                                    By Rolleiflex

                                    from Toronto, ON

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Rain protective
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Well Padded

                                    Cons

                                    • Hard To Access Equipment
                                    • No padding for computer

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Black with Tan Leather Trim):

                                    Although some people will think it a little bigger than they want, it's just the right size for me because I have to always carry my 15.4" Macbook Pro with my Nikon D50 and 3-4 lenses all in a bag during an international trip.

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                                    (14 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Big bad bag

                                    By Alec Gold

                                    from Netherlands

                                    Comments about 445 Shoulder Bag (Khaki with Tan Leather Trim):

                                    This is a rather large bag and hold lots of stuff. I use it on a daily base with a Canon G7, Macbook pro, stuffed it with paper, calculator, floppy drive (don't ask) and several cables and a power converter. I had a backpack from Brenthaven, and it fitted that precisely, but really not much more could be stuffed in it. This bag can also hold my apple, lunchbox, a thermos coffee and still have space to spare. The 445 is able to take that and much more. Besides not looking like a computer or camera bag it has very good looks as well. I've used it now for about 6 months or so, so I can't really tell about wear, but I can tell it is as stable as a bunker. It is hard to explain, but it has a lot of flaps on top. At first I really had my thoughts about them, but you can flap them away to the back where they don't interfere. Because the bag is so stable it isn't a problem to have an open bag, nothing will drop out.

                                    Expertise: I've got about 15 or 20 bags, so when it comes to bags, I'm a self-proclaimed expert :P

                                    Problems Encountered: If there are any backdraws to this bag I would have to mention the price, it is sturdy, and I believe them when they say it will last a decade or more, but for me the initial price was a bit hard. One other thing is that there are not so much small pouches. But that isn't the design of the bag, so it isn't a real con, it isn't made for business use, it's a camera bag. Last thing is that it can contain so much stuff, it tends to get really, really heavy, so consider well before you buy. A big bag always seems to fill without any problem, but also gets heavy!

                                    Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Brenthaven, Crumpler, Lowepro

                                    Items I Recommend: use a small side pouch for the cellphone, it tends to get last in the large pockets!

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