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Feb 03, 2014 07:20 as a reply to  @ post 16659020 |  #1306

Googled and found a few links which may help if you haven't already found them. Google fu!

Video review of a black Billingham 207
http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=Y7JO_AHtRIo (external link)

Billingham 307

A few on thelimboconnection.com photostream
http://www.flickr.com/​photos/limbo-up/8660770428/ (external link)

Another on some japanese blog
http://syouko.3rin.net …gham%EF%BC%89%E​3%80%80307 (external link)




  
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Feb 11, 2014 18:56 |  #1307

Tlawson wrote in post #16659020 (external link)
The reason for the need of the pics of someone wearing their 207/307 is to get an idea of how big the bags are compared to a person not how good it looks on them.

it's good to see your post.

I have smaller Billingham bags and can't help. Mine are Hadley Digital and Hadley Pro

I find the Hadley Pro as much weight as I want to carry. I used to carry more.

May I suggest searching on YouTube?

There are good reviews there.

Welcome here. there are many participants who have selected Billingham because they are easy to shoot from, relatively waterproof, and easy to take anywhere.

Others choose Domke, Think Tank and LowePro.

Some prefer more padding.


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Feb 12, 2014 04:02 |  #1308

I wish they made more bags with grab handles like the 7-series. I want a smallish bag like the fStop 2.8 but with the grab handles of the 7-series. :(


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Feb 12, 2014 21:32 |  #1309

I chose the Hadley Pro because of the strap on the top. It just suits me.
The Hadley Digital has no strap. I often tug it by the closed top to lift it. Allmost abuse. :(
I looked at a lot of Billinghams before finally buying. 1.4; 2.8; Alice; Hadley Small.

Another bag I keep going back to is My Domke F3X. It carries so much gear. For its size. I like it better than the Domke F2 I have; I don't like my insert. It's the 4 chamber insert that came with it.


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Feb 13, 2014 03:08 |  #1310

2mnycars wrote in post #16685355 (external link)
I chose the Hadley Pro because of the strap on the top. It just suits me.
The Hadley Digital has no strap. I often tug it by the closed top to lift it. Allmost abuse. :(
I looked at a lot of Billinghams before finally buying. 1.4; 2.8; Alice; Hadley Small.

Another bag I keep going back to is My Domke F3X. It carries so much gear. For its size. I like it better than the Domke F2 I have; I don't like my insert. It's the 4 chamber insert that came with it.

I considered the Hadley Pro with the top handle, even though it's a bit bigger than I need, but the problem I have with the Hadley's is the buckles. IMHO they make the bag look more like a woman's handbag. I much prefer the simple straps on the 7-series or the fStop bags... But the fStop lacks grab handles, and the 7-series are all too large (bulky). Hadley just doesn't make the perfect bag for me. And sadly, few other companies make decent looking camera bags with classy materials like these. :(


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Feb 13, 2014 10:32 |  #1311

I just got the Hadley Large.
I can fit inside the 85, 16-35, 5D3+24-70 attached, 135 and my rMBP 13. It does not cave in like the retrospective 10 or 30 I own when you pull the body out (because of the more sturdy internal shell), so its easier to swap lenses.
I only wished it came with a few extra smaller dividers as I can fit things differently.


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Feb 27, 2014 08:58 |  #1312

Here are finally pictures of the bag.

Right side: 135L at the bottom, 85L on top of it.
Middle: 70-200L
Left: 24-70L at the bottom, 5D mark III on top.

I'm setting it up like this so it will be easier to change lenses.

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Hadley Large Interior (external link) by Eyal Margalit (external link), on Flickr

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Hadley Large top (external link) by Eyal Margalit (external link), on Flickr

At the front I have a few spare batteries, cleaning tools, one 600ex-rt just in case.

Going to take this setup for a photoshoot tomorrow. It doesn't feel very heavy and it fits well.
Overall, better choice than what I had before :) It doesn't even look as large as the bags I had before, and everything fits well enough.

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16-35mm F/2.8L II | 24-70mm F/2.8L II | 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II
Σ 50mm F/1.4 | 85mm F/1.2L II | 100mm F/2.8L IS Macro | 135mm F/2L | 300mm F/2.8L IS

  
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Feb 27, 2014 16:54 |  #1313

I am a certified bag whore. I just ordered the Billingham Hadley Pro black/black. I have had my eye on it for quite some time. I decided to buy it only if I were to sell some bags. I pretty much cleaned house. I sold a Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home, a Lowepro Fastpack 350 and a leather Ona "The Bowery". I have a brand new Lowepro Slingshot 202AW that I will be selling too. I LOVED the Ona bag, but I like having my iPad Air with me and although it fits in the back pocket, it is not the type of fit I am confortable with. Plus, the leather made it heavier than I like. Ona is making some very nice bags...but I was blown away by the craftsmanship of the Billingham products. I look forward to receiving my Hadley Pro!


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Feb 27, 2014 23:19 |  #1314

I just picked up the bag, and am unsure about it.

Here's the Hadly Pro with a 5dIII ready to use with the 50 1.2 attached, and the 70-200 2.8 next to it. That is about all that can fit in it and still be be a functional shoulder bag. The camera body is wider than the bag interior, it will bulge, the lens is also wall to wall width in there. Id be afraid of putting lee type filters in the front pouches. If you have something like that in there and bump into something , or something bump into your bag, it would probably crack from the hardness of a full frame dslr already causing the bag to bulge.

I also keep thinking man purse. the only think that keeps it not looking totally like one is the clasps on the shoulder strap. Still kinda looks like a purse though.

I'm still undecided about keeping this thing


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Feb 28, 2014 01:11 |  #1315

Love my Hadley Pro (Black/Black), don't think it looks like a purse. Selling off my DSLR gear, but I could fit my L-plated 60D with 17-55 attached, Sigma 35mm on the side, Canon 70-200 on the other side, and the flash in one of the front pouches.




  
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Mar 01, 2014 20:29 |  #1316

BobbyM wrote in post #16723297 (external link)
I just picked up the bag, and am unsure about it.

Here's the Hadly Pro with a 5dIII ready to use with the 50 1.2 attached, and the 70-200 2.8 next to it. That is about all that can fit in it and still be be a functional shoulder bag. The camera body is wider than the bag interior, it will bulge, the lens is also wall to wall width in there. Id be afraid of putting lee type filters in the front pouches. If you have something like that in there and bump into something , or something bump into your bag, it would probably crack from the hardness of a full frame dslr already causing the bag to bulge.

I also keep thinking man purse. the only think that keeps it not looking totally like one is the clasps on the shoulder strap. Still kinda looks like a purse though.

I'm still undecided about keeping this thing

Those are the reasons I returned the Hadley Pro and got a Packington instead. I didn't like how the camera body caused the bag to bulge out and how I could not put much else in the bag if I had the camera and 70-200 lens in it. Also, my wife thought it looked too small on me. Really wanted to like it because of the handle on top and slimmer profile, but oh well.


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Mar 02, 2014 09:44 |  #1317

Received my Billingham Hadley Pro last night...I really like this bag!

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Mar 02, 2014 10:08 |  #1318

mag10 wrote in post #16727559 (external link)
Those are the reasons I returned the Hadley Pro and got a Packington instead. I didn't like how the camera body caused the bag to bulge out and how I could not put much else in the bag if I had the camera and 70-200 lens in it. Also, my wife thought it looked too small on me. Really wanted to like it because of the handle on top and slimmer profile, but oh well.


I just sent the hadley pro back yesterday, and was about to look at their other options. the model you mention looks like something I'd consider, and also looks less man purse to me, thanks adding it to the shortlist of choices.

@noelty, the bag seems an un-necessary accessory if you're going to attach the camera to the exterior like that.




  
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Mar 02, 2014 11:58 |  #1319

BobbyM wrote in post #16728620 (external link)
@noelty, the bag seems an un-necessary accessory if you're going to attach the camera to the exterior like that.

You're joking, I hope.


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Mar 03, 2014 07:45 |  #1320

BobbyM wrote in post #16728620 (external link)
I just sent the hadley pro back yesterday, and was about to look at their other options. the model you mention looks like something I'd consider, and also looks less man purse to me, thanks adding it to the shortlist of choices.

@noelty, the bag seems an un-necessary accessory if you're going to attach the camera to the exterior like that.

Here's areview of my Packington that I did a while back: https://photography-on-the.net …5861&highlight=​Packington

Hopefully it provides you with some helpful info to make your decision.


Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Sony DSC-RX100M3 | Canon EF 16-35 f/4 L IS USM EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM | Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM ART | Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Dedicated flash ST-E3 RT controller

  
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