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BillinghamHadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Chocolate Leather)
 
4.8

(based on 154 reviews)

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    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (100)
  • Lightweight (99)
  • Well padded (92)
  • Comfortable (91)
  • Easily accessible equipment (90)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Price (3)
  • Uncomfortable strap (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (87)
  • Protecting gear (59)
  • Transporting gear (52)
  • Travel (31)
  • Daily transport (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (71), Semi-pro photographer (29), Casual photographer (16), Pro photographer (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (113), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Carrying with pride and pleasure

This is a very high quality bag to go along with the very high price. But the value is equal to or greater than the price. Mine is black canvas with black leather for...Read complete review

This is a very high quality bag to go along with the very high price. But the value is equal to or greater than the price. Mine is black canvas with black leather for an understated look that doesn't attract too much attention. To begin, it's an extremely light bag to carry, so when loaded with equipment, the bag is lighter than most I've tried. Then there's the quality. The canvas has a wonderful soft feel that's simply a pleasure to carry. My kit consists of a Fujifilm X-E2 with a mounted 23mm lens, a 14mm lens, a 55-200mm lens, a gorilla pod and various other sundry items. And room for plenty more, but I don't like a heavy carry. I've read in various places that the bag will not accept a laptop larger than a 13" MacBookPro. On a recent trip to NYC, it easily held the above kit + a 15" MacBook Pro. I've also carried my Nikon kit consisting of a D800 with a mounted 24-70mm lens, a 70-200mm lens and a 60mm micro lens. This was a tighter fit, but it fit. However, you'll have to hire a schlepper if you need to walk all day with this kit (just my opinion.) I've owned other Billinghams, an L2 and a 550. They shrug off use and abuse and just keep looking great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I BOUGHT 5 BILLINGHAM BAGS IN 30 YEARS (WAS BRADLEY BEFORE)

THIS IS CERTAINLY THE LAST BILLINGHAM BAG I WILL BUY (THIS ONE WAS A GIFT.   THE LEATHER IS NOT THE GREAT QUALITY ANYMORE, AFTER 2 MONTH THE IT START SHOWING...Read complete review

THIS IS CERTAINLY THE LAST BILLINGHAM BAG I WILL BUY (THIS ONE WAS A GIFT.   THE LEATHER IS NOT THE GREAT QUALITY ANYMORE, AFTER 2 MONTH THE IT START SHOWING SOME CRACKS IN THE BACK OF THE STRAP,  I USE SADLE SOAP ALREADY 3 TIMES TO TRY TO MAKE IT LAST? A SCREW OF THE FRONT POCKET FELL??? NOW WHAT? THE BACK FLAP COVER FOR THE BACK POCKET IS CHEAP AND SHOULD BE THE SAME OF THE BAG CANEVAS, THE LOOK IS POOR. I AM SAD AS I LOVED THESE BAGS, I GUESS WE ARE BACK TO CORPORATION GREED?

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5.0

Great bag

By Santos

from Long island

Verified Buyer

Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Chocolate Leather):

Love the craftsmanship of this bag. Hangs well close to body. Fits my 5d with 24-70. 70-200 and 50 prime no problem.

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2.0

I BOUGHT 5 BILLINGHAM BAGS IN 30 YEARS (WAS BRADLEY BEFORE)

By Michel

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Tan Leather):

THIS IS CERTAINLY THE LAST BILLINGHAM BAG I WILL BUY (THIS ONE WAS A GIFT.   THE LEATHER IS NOT THE GREAT QUALITY ANYMORE, AFTER 2 MONTH THE IT START SHOWING SOME CRACKS IN THE BACK OF THE STRAP,  I USE SADLE SOAP ALREADY 3 TIMES TO TRY TO MAKE IT LAST? A SCREW OF THE FRONT POCKET FELL??? NOW WHAT? THE BACK FLAP COVER FOR THE BACK POCKET IS CHEAP AND SHOULD BE THE SAME OF THE BAG CANEVAS, THE LOOK IS POOR. I AM SAD AS I LOVED THESE BAGS, I GUESS WE ARE BACK TO CORPORATION GREED?

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4.0

Superior Quality

By EPR

from Fort Myers

Verified Buyer

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

Great Bag. The inserts are a challenge. Trying to configure them is not a simple process. Some written guidance would help. Build and quality are top notch.

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5.0

Is this the perfect camera bag?

By Rangefinder Richard

from Reno, NV

Verified Buyer

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

Like all other camera bags, the Billingham Hadley Pro can be considered in the context of comparison with other bags. That said, here are the other bags I have that it can be compared to: the Billingham briefcase, the Billingham Series 3 bag (now discontinued, but similar to the L4), and the Domke F-803 (one of my favorite camera bags).

Of all of these other bags, the Domke F-803 is the most similar in shape and size. The style of the other Billingham bags matches the Billingham Hadley Pro. Some photographers may look down upon those who buy for that reason. But let's be honest. People don't buy a Ferrari just for its performance—it's also the styling. All Billingham bags offer great protection with the padding and water protection. But they also look great. If you need to carry both a briefcase and a camera bag, why not have them match?

So, since I own these other bags, why did I spend the extra money for the Billingham Hadley Pro? It carries more gear than the Billingham Series 3 and it's faster to get to the equipment inside. The size is almost the same as the Domke F-803, but is waterproof while the Domke is not. The rear pocket of the Hadley Pro is zippered, while the Domke is not. The padding provided for the Hadley Pro and the divider for the Domke offer similar levels of protection—adequate, but not as much as the Billingham Series 3, which has stiffer padding as well as plywood at the base of the bag and metal studs at the bottom so that the bag can be set down without falling over.
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I carry a Minolta CLE rangefinder with 28, 40, and 90 mm lenses, a flash, some other accessories, and an Apple iPad. Plenty of room for everything. The big pockets on the front are useful and close with snaps instead of Velcro.

The bag does not include the excellent shoulder pad, so be sure to order it if you buy the bag.

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5.0

Well Designed !

By Christian

from Undisclosed

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

The Billingham Hadley Pro shoulder bag is very well designed for (in my case) two camera bodies (Nikon DF and a Fuji X Pro 1) as well as 3 lens (Nikkor 50 1.4 , nikkor 135 2.8 , and a Zeiss 35 ) and a Nikon SB-900 flash. Additional accessories, batteries and wall chargers also fit uncramped with easy access.
The workmanship on this bag is amazing, with all the possible stress points being reinforced .
This is one bag that can justify the price. It's definitely worth it.

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5.0

Everyday wear

By Momoko

from Undisclosed

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

This is the best bag I have ever purchased. I use it everyday. I carry a  D750 and 3 lens as well as all the other items any woman would carry in her purse. I take it ever where and no one thinks I am carrying a camera bag. Beautiful leather and smooth canvas makes a wonderful combination. My friends have given me great compliments on my "purse" :-)  The perfect bag!

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5.0

It´s a perfect case for my camera

By Enrique

from Mexico

Verified Buyer

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

convenient and safe product to carry my camera

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5.0

Excellent quality!

By Jack

from Florence Oregon

Verified Buyer

Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Tan Leather):

Excellent quality! Definitely met my expectations.

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5.0

Beautifully constructed.

By weatherman

from New England

Verified Buyer

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

Holds XT-1, 16mm 1.4, 23mm, 1.4, 35mm 1.4, 50-140mm 2.8. Also room for Nissan i40,batteries and SD cards, charger and cables, cleaning stuff and other miscellany. Very well padded. Will last many years.

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5.0

Last bag you'll ever buy!

By Bob T.

from Flemington, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Tan Leather):

Perfect size for my Fuji X-E2 and 3 lenses. Amazing quality and very comfortable to wear. I've been buying camera bags for the better part of 40 years now, and I'm done. This is the last bag I'll ever buy as this thing will outlast my grandkids and look great doing it!

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5.0

Camera bag quest finished

By DP

from NYC

Comments about Hadley Pro Special Edition Shoulder Bag (Burgundy Canvas & Chocolate Leather):

I use this as a camera bag for a Leica M, and as a work bag on occasion. It's a classy bag of superb quality that gets the job done. Don't let the underwhelming pic of the burgundy version fool you either--this piece is amazing when you see it in person.

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5.0

Billingham Hadley pro shoulder bag

By Louis

from Sam Antonio , Tx

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

Spacious , extremely comfortable , well designed, and very durable essential describes this bag. I receive lots of complaints on it looks. I couldn't be happier with Billingham Hadley pro shoulder bag,

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5.0

excellent product

By Ernie

from Pa.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Strong Construction
  • Well Padded

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Chocolate Leather):

    Versatile, well made and seemingly will last a long long time.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Chocolate Leather)

    By BuddhaDog

    from NEW YORK CITY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Protecting Gear

    Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Chocolate Leather):

    What great bag!!! I have a few but this one is very comfortable! The material that it's made out of makes the bag very very light! Big plus! I can carry my Fuji X-T1 and X-XE2 without a problem, an extra lens if I need to. The bag looks small but it can hold a great deal. BIG BIG PLUS is that it's water proof!!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Camera Bag

    By Charles

    from Jacksonville, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Tan Leather):

      I truly love this bag. It holds much more than it would appear to. Easy to access and comfortable to wear. I have a large Lowepro bag that holds everything but this is the bag I pack for just what I want to have for a particular day. Looks great without screaming pricey camera gear inside.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Yeah, you're gonna love this bag!

      By SnailsPlace (Instagram/Flickr)

      from Upstate, SC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • High Quality
      • Lightweight
      • Looks Great
      • Strong Construction
      • Well Padded

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage
        • Multiple Purpose Bag
        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Chocolate Leather):

        The quality and appearance of the Billingham Hadley Pro camera bag lives up to the best reviews. I was interested in the Sage/Chocolate version, but concerned about the true color of the image portrayed on B&H. I read the Hadley Small 'Blog' article by Donovan Bond (donovandond.co.) and thought the sage appeared darker especially in the first two views (front & side) certainly far, far darker than the image on the B&H site. So, I reached out to B&Hʻs customers hearing back from: Robert, Jason, Kang-Wei, Dave, David, and James, all of whom sang the Hadley Proʻs praises. Robert said it was more of a forest green and worth every cent though I would agree more with James. Itʻs more of an olive green. Itʻs a fabulous shade of olive, certainly not the faded washed out appearance shown on B&H nor is it ʻforestʻ having, what I see as a touch of gray to it. The chocolate leather is simply beautiful. Youʻll love the massive expandable front pockets. The brass fixtures, fine buckles, and Billingham branded rear zipper pull are of outstanding quality. The fit, finish, and sewing on my bag are what one would expect of a $[$]bag. James wanted the shoulder strap to be removable, but owning several Timbuk2 messenger bags, this didn't bother me at all. You would appreciate knowing that the shoulder strap webbing and grab handle are a very complimentary shade of green. They are not khaki as they appear in loads of images. The handle is supported by a bar hidden between the layers of the fibrenyte. The fibrenyte feels great to the touch and the top opens, folding back effortlessly allowing you to get to your gear. The green padded ʻlidʻ of the snap-in insert still covers your stuff. The removable insert could be placed in another bag in order to use the Hadley Pro other than as a camera bag. Oh, Billingham additionally includes a nice bag for storing your Hadley when not in use which will keep the dust off it. There is storage space in the two very ample front pockets and around the green padded insert. The rear zippered pocket is great too and protected by its own little rain flap. If you make ʻthe plungeʻ youʻre going to love the Hadley Pro, but aren't going to want to get it dirty and with it's construction, will certainly last years and years. Did I say years? This bag seems tailor made for my growing Fujifilm X family. Certainly larger cameras will fit... Check out what Kai Wong and Lok Cʻs Billingham bags have room for on DigitalRev TV. Itʻll hold bunches! Downsides? Well, $260 is a lot, but the quality is awesome and youʻre getting a handsome handmade English camera bag. I wish it had a few extra pockets, on the inside would be nice (the green insert snaps in front.) Photogs love pockets! The bag comes with two long and two short dividers. Okay, I could use another small one. Lastly, Billingham, as I see it you do have one ʻproblemʻ with the Hadley. Itʻs the Hadley Small. Actually itʻs price. The Hadley Pro costs $260 and the Hadley Small costs $236. I canʻt advise someone to purchase it. Really, $24 more for the Hadley Pro???!!! The canvas ONA Bowery costs $149. Yeah, the Hadley Small is a bit larger and has 4 insert dividers, but the Hadley is not considered a ʻfashionʻ bag as is the ONA. Iʻd suggest selling the Hadley Small at $[$]to say $[$] (tops). To me, $236 for the Hadley Small priced itself out of being a viable small bag though I'm sure it sells well. Iʻd been delighted to have ʻem both, butʻll have to settle with just one... the Hadley Pro in Sage/Chocolate.

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        5.0

        Incredible Bag with Impeccable Quality

        By ELLII

        from Ramsey

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Classic Looks
        • Outstanding Quality
        • Strong Construction
        • Well Padded

        Cons

        • Shoulder Pad Not Included

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage
        • Weekendvacation Bag
        • Work

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

        I have purchased several Billingham bags from B&H over the years and they are extremely wekk made, functional and durable. My other bags are Khaki with the tan trim and I needed something that I could use for work as well as photography so I purchased this bag in black canvas with the black leather trim. I can easily carry my laptop, eyeglasses, 5x7 notepad as well as my Fuji x30 or Fuji x100T in it. Having a camera with me at all times is essential and the Hadley Pro allows me to carry my camera with me on business trips or jaunts into NYC for work or pleasure. I am sure that this bag will serve me for anoter 35+ years.

        My only wish is that the shoulder pad came with the bag as it is somewhat necessary for heavier loads.

        Thank you B&H for outstanding service and great prices.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Meets expectations

        By frito

        from Colorado

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Chocolate Leather):

          I bought this after speaking to B&H and looking at reviews. I needed a quality bag that I could comfortably carry on my shoulder containing a Fuji xt1 system of four fuji lenses including the largish 50-140 zoom. So far it seems to be exactly what I had hoped in terms of quality and function. My only complaint is that the padded shoulder strap is not included as standard and B&H does not offer additional Billingham dividers which would also be helpful.

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          4.0

          Beautiful bag for those that value fit/finish and aesthetics

          By Billingham Believer

          from Chicago, IL, USA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage
            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Hadley Pro Shoulder Bag (Sage FibreNyte & Chocolate Leather):

            The bag is everything that people say that it is. It is beautifully finished, the materials are of the highest quality, the styling is classic and impeccable. It is the quintessential walk around bag for those who hold highly the value of finely crafted goods at a fair price. There are, of course, far more expensive bags, bags with more pockets, bags with better organizing systems, and arguably better looking bags; however, in my opinion, there are few bags that give you so much for the price.

            What it lacks:
            -true utilitarian usefulness: it is effectively one vertical loading compartment, two bucket-like front pockets, and one document-sized zippered pocket.
            -drop proof padding: the padding is good, not great. You won't need to worry about bumping into walls, or setting the bag down quickly, but if the bag falls on a bottom corner, something is taking a hit.
            -a shoulder pad: ok this is nit pick, and many might like that they can purchase the bag $50 cheaper than if they had included it, but I would likr to not have to have that be an add-on. Just this reviewer's opinion.
            -either some brass standoffs or leather bottom: again, a nit-pick, but I would like something that took the brunt on the wear on the bottom. not really an issue for fibrenyte, which really is a sweet material.

            And those are really the only shortcomings I've come across for my style of shooting. Now, what it is for me:

            I'm a street and candid event photographer. I carry 3-4 lenses max, usually only one body, a flash and some filters, batteries, cards. My equipment:
            fuji x-t1 with battery grip
            xf 35mm 1.4
            xf 50-140mm 2.8 (in padded sleeve with hood)
            xf 10-24mm 4 (with hood)
            Cactus RF60 flash in case (it's big)
            Cactus V6 flash tranceiver
            3 B+W 72mm filters and step down ring
            3 extra batteries
            small charger
            lens cleaner
            SD card case
            sunglasses
            wallet
            iPhone 6+
            moleskine notebook

            With all of that, I can still pack in another smaller prime lens. And that is all of body and lenses, flash, and trigger in the main compartment. and room to spare with the padded flap down. With all the mentioned accessories in the front pockets and maybe taking up a quarter of the available space. This bag is deceptively big, and perfect for the fuij X system. Not only will it fit all of that while maintaining a svelt appearance, but it is remarkably comfortable. I do not notice and digging if the strap into my shoulder. this could be due to the softer nature of the thick webbing.

            On top of that, the bag looks great. I ended up with the sage fibrenyte as I couldn't find the black fibrenyte anywhere in the states. the sage is far more refined than I had imagined (with the chocolate straps). Although I do like the "english gentleman" look of the tan or green, I was concerned about standing out, and the black just seeming more sleek and refined. No problems with the sage/chocolate combo. It is as comfortable on a grey suit as it is on tweed hunting jacket. The fibrenyte material is also very nice. Not synthetic appearing all. the hand is nice, and the leather is great. Do not be as worried as I was about the fibrenyte. It really is great, and super easy to clean.

            With all that said, be honest with yourself and your needs/desires for your bag. this one is beautiful and well worth the coin if you, like me, value quality construction, timeless design, and don't mind the few concessions it makes. While it isn't perfect out the gate, It can approach it with the addition of some extra padding (if you need it), and some organizer pouches. Tally Ho!

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            5.0

            My go-to bag now

            By cug

            from Sunnyvale, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Not Great For Laptop

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage
            • Protecting Gear

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

            I've been using this bag for about three weeks now and it has been excellent. I used it as my "on plane bag" during a flight to Europe with the following gear and other carry on items:

            - Fujifilm X-T1 with XF35 f/2 mounted, XF23 with 3rd party vented lens hood mounted, XF56 with OEM lens hood reversed; Fujifilm X-E2 as a spare body

            - Macbook 12", iPhone 6S Plus

            - All spare batteries for the cameras;

            - Glasses and sunglasses + some small stuff in one of the front pockets

            - 1L transparent "liquids bag" in the other front pocket

            - Charger for phone, computer, associated cables, card readers, ear phones and ear plugs, power adapters, etc.

            This was all I took with me on the plane for an intercontinental flight. I had flashes and other light equipment in my checked bag. The Hadley Pro was about 5.5kg (12lbs) and it felt fairly heavy, the optional shoulder pad made it okay though.

            When I reached my destination I used it as a daily carry bag for my camera gear which worked out great, the space provided made it very easy to work with, and the bag felt great and lightweight. I also really appreciated that the bag is rain proof without any additional covers.

            The only downsides I have found so far is that the included dividers are not quite enough, I'm using a small divider from an ONA bag in addition to one large Billingham dividers and the two flaps. I had that ONA divider ordered separately as I needed it for another bag and as it comes in a pack of two I had one over. Worked great. The other one is that the laptop is put between the padded interior and the outside bag, which works for me but I haven't dropped my bag hard just yet ... ;-)

            So far I love this bag. Very happy with the purchase.

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