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BillinghamHadley Shoulder Bag Small (Black with Black Leather Trim)
 
4.8

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (38)
  • Strong construction (28)
  • Comfortable (27)
  • Easily accessible equipment (26)
  • Well padded (26)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Pricey (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (30)
  • Protecting gear (18)
  • Travel (16)
  • Transporting gear (12)
  • Daily transport (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (26), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (50), Yes (3)

Reviewed by 69 customers

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5.0

Just what I needed for my Trip

By Mina J

from Culver City, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I bought the Hadley to take on a trip to Washington, DC and it was perfect. My Sony fixed lens camera and flash fit nicely in the bag along with a some extras like personal items. I chose the black with tan because I knew it would like nice with my black coat and it did. I also have this same bag in tan and the medium in tan. The Hadley suits my needs perfectly for travel or shooting birthday parties or other events.

 
4.0

Worth the price

By Rich

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted a smaller bag, not backpack, to hold my Sony A7ii with 2 prime lens, and a wide angle zoom or 26-70mm zoom attached. Did not want a wide or deep bag that would stick out like my full frame camera bags. The Hadley small fits the bill, and is very well made, and less noticeable in all black.
Highly recommended, and get a shoulder pad.
May still get the L2 for a wider, more usable space, but won't be able to keep the zooms attached with lens hood.

 
4.0

Fabulous but small

By Dirk the geek

from North Carolina

Verified Reviewer

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

I use this product with the Leica M system. It works great with one M body with lens + lens and one extra lens. It even fits my iPad mini in the back. It does not however hold two lenses for a classic 3 lens kit, unless you change to the smallest lens (35 mm cron) after each shoot. It you leave a 24mm or 75mm on the camera it only holds one additional lens.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Travel Light...

By Squeezed

from Brisbane, Australia

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

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

    I bought the Billingham Hadley small for an M mount camera system. I was really after something small and mobile, after lugging around a DSLR system, and the Hadley small / M mount system fits the bill perfectly.

    I wanted to buy a Billingham Hadley bag as I already use a Hadley large for my film Hasselblad and was very pleased with its capacity, usability, comfort and durability. In spite of the price, I think the Billingham Hadleys are good value for money.

    The Hadley small is a great size for an M mount camera and a couple of lenses. What I didn't fully appreciate, though, is that I also need the pockets to carry some basic accoutrements such as sunglass case et cetera and the Hadley small pockets are just a little too tight for some larger items. So, a great size for the camera but just a little too tight for anything more, and that can be a pain when you want to be out and about with hands free.

    It's a great bag, though, and of terrific quality. I'm going to persevere with it as I should probably force myself to fit within the available volume. In my view, that might enforce some discipline and help me travel light and happily. I just need to figure out how to jam those sunnies in...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect size for M3/4 system

    By Tkl

    from New Jersey

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

    Perfect size for M3/4 system

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great bag for Leica M9 system

    By Jim

    from Houston

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Leica M With 4 Lenses

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

      I use it for my Leica M9 system: M9 body, 35mm Lux, 50mm Cron, 18mm Super-Elmar with 18mm Zeiss viewfinder, and 90mm APO. When I ordered this bag, I was worrying it might too small for the whole set. However, when I received the bag, I can easily load everything into it: 35mm Lux attached to the body sitting in the middle, 90mm APO sitting on the left, and all the rest sit to the right with a separator to separate the 50mm and 18mm. I have a small OP/TECH fold-over pouch for the VF so it sits nicely with the 18mm. I can also loaded the two front compartments with extra batteries, SD cards and filters. Perfect!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Bag

      By Terry

      from Orinda, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage

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

        Perfect if you want a small bag for your kit. This bag holds my Olympus OM-D, 12-40mm f/2.8, 75mm f/1.8, Nissin i-40, and there's still room for a little bit more. Very stylish in a classic way with high quality throughout. After using for a couple weeks, I'm satisfied that no shoulder pad is needed. I looked at other bags and other colors, but I prefer the Billingham all black canvas.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Bilingham Hadley bag

        By Camil

        from Granby, Quebec Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

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

            Very nice, used to carry my Olympus OM-1 and some lenses. However, the bag should have some protection when it is deposit on the floor or the ground.
            Got it fast, very happy.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this size

            By Nw painter

            from Seattle

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

            Been using Billingham bags for over twenty years. The first ones I still have and still look new! This particular size is perfect for me for my Leica T or M if I do not carry much more than camera and small lens, and EVF. It duals as my every day bag too so can carry with me always with my phone, and other bag stuff. The best part is not too heavy. I have tried a couple more trendy leather bags made for the M, but the weight of those plus the camera gear is why I don't use them on a regular basis.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            My First Billingham

            By Jeff S.

            from Santa Fe, NM

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

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

            This is my first Billingham bag and decided to finally get one with my new Fuji XT1 system. First of all the quality is amazing. Beautiful canvas and leather material. I got the padded shoulder pad which I think is a must. It's all very pricey, but I think after more uses that will be long forgotten. It fits my system: one XT1 body with normal 35mm f1.4 mounted, plus 2 extra lenses: wide 14mm f2.8 and short tele 56mm f1.2. In front pockets hold 3 batteries, charger, flash and filter. There's a little more room left in both main compartment and pockets. The canvas is still tight so I'm not real quick yet of getting things in and out, but I think that will come with more practice. Have not had in in rain yet, so I can not attest to waterproofness, but the top flap wraps around the bottom so beautifully, I "think" you'd have to be out in a pouring rain for quite awhile for anything to get in. I gave it a 4 rather than 5 because getting the straps in front and then upper flap open is really old school and not real quick, but for this kind of bag and look, that's what you should expect. One last small complaint, mentioned before, is that it would be nice ir the upper flap had a handle to grab it quick off the ground.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect

            By Frank

            from Rochester, NY

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

            As with all B&H orders, perfect service. This costs a lot more than it would if made in Asia. But I think it's the only thing I have ever owned made in England. I assume employees of Billingham are reasonably paid. So the price is expected. Design and quality of this bag are both superb.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good, if a small bag isn't too limiting

            By Bob

            from Fargo, ND

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • Lacks Handle On Top Flap

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Street
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I traveled to Chicago with an OM-D camera and a number of lenses for street shooting and carrying additional lenses and accessories in public buildings including The Art Institute of Chicago. I was able to effectively pack the camera body (E-M1) with a 17mm lens attached, and packed 75mm and 25mm (Voightlander) lenses, both of which are on the large side of M4/3 prime lenses. I also packed two spare batteries, extra memory card, lens pen cleaning brush, ball point pen, note cards, microfiber cloth, and phone. If I substituted a 45mm lens for the 75mm, I could also fit polarizing filters for all three lenses. If I absolutely felt I needed it, I could have stuffed a "turkey-baster-style" blower for cleaning lenses, but I left it out. All the items were accessible and the bag didn't get in the way, which is what I wanted. The leather tabs that keep the bag closed were quiet, easy to open and close, and secured the items inside. I didn't have to deal with inclement weather, but the top flap completely covers the top of the bag, so I'm confident the bag would withstand a driving rain without issue. The only feature I wish this bag had is a handle on the top flap. The size forces you to think about what you really need and limit the items you carry with you. If you can work under that constraint, it's an effective and attractive bag. I almost returned the one I purchased when I saw the actual size, but I'm glad I tried it. The other option is the large size, which is still not overly large. I may yet get the larger bag to replace my beloved Domke shoulder bags. The Domkes are incredibly flexible in terms of what you can carry, but it's also easy to bring more than you really need and the Velcro closures are problematic in some situations.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Small But Bigger Than You Think

            By Coral Palm

            from Bangkok, Thailand

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

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

              Bag seems pretty small, till you realize how much one can put in it. Well made with good construction and materials, not done cheaply. I have a bigger version of this bag for a few years and liked it so much got the smaller one for when I am not needing to carry as much.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Total Quality & Utility in One Small Bag

              By jedorme

              from Indio, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Using this to transport & store a Fuji X-E2 kit, consisting of Fuji XF14, XF18-55 & XF35 lenses, with a Leica 90mm Tele-Elmarit & Zeiss 50mm Planar. This bag will hold all of these but is most comfortable with up to any 4 of the 5 lenses.

                  It is by far the best looking & best constructed bag I have ever had or seen. I anticipate many years of enjoyable & functional use with it.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very Versitile

                  By Pete in SD

                  from La Jolla, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Street
                    • Travel

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

                    This is a fantastic bag for a mirrorless or micro 4/3 body (I have a Fuji X-E1) with a lens attached (35mm) and two other lenses, spare batteries, filters and an iPad mini or similar small tablet. It is small, so if you have a DSLR you'll be able to get a consumer model and zoom lens attached in there but I can just get my Cannon 5D with the 17mm-40mm in there. Any larger zoom will not work attached. Primes have not been a problem.What is really great about this bag is its versatility due to its removable insert. The insert is very well padded to protect your gear. I generally like to have my camera out and ready to shoot. Sometimes I leave the insert in to store the camera but lately I've taken it out and carried the lenses in small neoprene pouches. This allows me to fit a small book and other items in the bag and made it my go to bag. If I want to carry more than just my camera gear (for a hike or overnight stay) the removable insert is small enough to fit into a backpack with room to spare so I can carry other things like my computer, lunch, files, etc....Another great plus about the insert is that it allows me to carry my gear in a non-descript backpack or bag. I love the look of my Billingham and it is plenty sturdy and tough but it looks like a camera bag (even my non-photog friends can pick it out as one) and trekking through the forest with rain and mud everywhere there's no extra room for a jacket. So if I'm shooting in a possibly iffy spot I can do the transformation and all is well. Otherwise it is on my shoulder 99% of the time.Yes, it is pricey, but after countless bags that really only work for gear and hybrids and inserts that are too bulky to be practical I have found the perfect bag and system for my needs. That's what matters in the end and that's why I spent the money and glad I did. This bag will last (unlike the backpack that is falling apart)and, given the prior amount money I've spent on bags, is well worth it.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Almost perfect

                    By nigelboon

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Perfect for a Fuji X-100S, X-T1 and two lenses, memory cards and batteries. Enough for a whole day without putting your back out! The only thing I don't understand is why manufacturers think press studs on the front pockets are the best way to keep them closed. Otherwise a very high-quality bag.

                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Quality but Expensive Camera Bag

                        By General Washington

                        from Maryland

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Hard To Access Equipment
                        • Moderate Padding

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Usage
                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

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

                        First off, great bag use it for my Fuji X100s set up with conversion lenses and external flash and accessories.However, the cost is easily $ more than it should cost. Quality is subjective and I do not think these bags are hand made increasing costs. These bags are nice for a mirrors less camera system and sure the larger bags for DSLR's.For the cost of this bag the shoulder pad should be included! *That flap that covers the top of these bags are a Huge hindrance for easy access. Padding could be a bit better, not bad, but not great vs Think Tank.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Perfect for Keeping it simple

                        By marly

                        from Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Usage
                          • Protecting Gear

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

                          I have owned 5 Billingham bags in an effort to find the elusive "perfect bag". I finally found it in the Billingham Hadley Pro, which Is great for travel with my dSLR and a couple of lenses, or accessory gear. But I wanted a somewhat smaller bag for daily use when I only want to take my two smaller cameras, in my instance, the Canon Sl1 and a couple of lenses, or the SL1 and a compact camera.
                          If you are looking for a bag to hold a larger dSLR with grip, the Hadley Small might be tight, so you might want to measure the gear. The bag is fairly expandable if you don't mind it being a little stuffed.

                          The Billingham Hadley Small is a smaller clone of the Hadley Pro, with same protective interior, configurable dividers, outer Billingham waterproof canvas fabric ease of entry with no zippers, and great classy style, I find it perfect for two smaller cameras, using the outside front pockets for accessory items. There is also room between the removable interior insert and outer shell for an iPad, as I heard mentioned.

                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Bag

                          By plastic fantastic

                          from pasadena,ca

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              lightweight, easy access, good padding, well constructed.

                              would be nice if it had a handle!!

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              great camera bag, and fational too

                              By Nikki

                              from austin TX

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Nice Reto Look

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

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

                                The bag is just the right size for the SLR camera I just bought, with eanogh room for few more things like an extra lens, cards, batarie, ect,.Love the looks and comfertable size, even though before it arived I thought it would be somewhat bigger.
                                The price is somewhat on the high end, but the bag seem to be very well made and I hope to use it for a verylong time in all sort of weather conditions. It seems like it can do the job.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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