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Sep 18, 2016 07:40 |  #1501

I hope this is the best place to ask: How waterproof is a Billingham bag?


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Sep 18, 2016 08:03 |  #1502

Haswell wrote in post #18131702 (external link)
I hope this is the best place to ask: How waterproof is a Billingham bag?

Never had one leak in 10 years and it never stops raining round here:-)


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Sep 18, 2016 08:07 |  #1503

Thanks for that. Have you ever needed to proof it or is it still "as is"?


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Sep 18, 2016 09:01 |  #1504

Haswell wrote in post #18131712 (external link)
Thanks for that. Have you ever needed to proof it or is it still "as is"?

no and theirs hardly a mark on them quick wipe and let dry slowly


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Sep 23, 2016 21:21 |  #1505

Why buy a Billingham?
I bought a B. Hadley Digital after a Cape Cod trip
I went to the Cape and stayed in the most easterly hotel in mainland USA. Provincetown. There was no dining room. It was -a long way into town to get a real meal. And a long way back.
I was travelling light. Nikon D300S, grip, 18-200VR. In a TT Retro10

Weather called for an Atlantic storm. I put the rain cover on. I carried that sucker the whole way. Sky screamed rain. Retro10 was the wrong bag for me. Heavy.

Got home. The Hadley Digital was just the right size. I bought it. Weatherproof. light. perfect

Wish I had it on the Cape. Sure would have taken a lot more pics


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Jul 25, 2017 15:52 |  #1506

I recently got a Hadley Pro Large in Imperial Blue/Orange interior for 210 shipped straight from Billingham. Careful googling will yield (or did as of a week or so ago yet) a Black Friday page that they have accidently left active. It is not obtainable by searching their actual site. I usually don't luck out like this and there is the disclaimer that they reserve the right to not not honor prices that are obviously incorrect. But if they issue a tracking number AND send a shipping confirmation email it is a done deal. I thought for sure they'd quickly take the page down,,,,but like I stated--last I checked still there.

I've had it out twice to the Austin boardwalk loaded with a 5D Mark IV with 24-70 lens with hood attached, a 70-200 Sigma, and a 100 mm macro, a flash in an outer pocket, and a cable release and memory card wallet. of course there would still be room for 2 more lenses and more accessories given proper insert/padding.

I would not want to load it more due to weight. I found the quick 2 block walk from the vehicle to be fine. Anything lengthy I will wear my think tank belt harness system no matter how dorky it looks.

Like others have stated it is closed by two buckles which must be undone. However the buckles can be left undone without much fear. If I am going to shoot, and then walk a short ways up I might fasten 1 buckle.

So yes there may be more ergonomic or better functioning bags...but I've lusted over Billingham for several eyars now but could not stomach the 500 dollar US plus prices.
I don't think there is a more STYLISH bag. And The Price was Right :)


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Oct 01, 2017 19:13 |  #1507

Billingham Hadley Digital

I was working out of my car today. I conceded and used my smallest bag. B. Hadley Digital. I was passenger. After all, I was carrying my a6000 with a large lens (24-240 full frame Sony) and RX100-2.

I got lazy and set the bag on the passenger floor. That wasn't a good idea. It spat out my RX100 when I wasn't looking. I found it later with a footprint on the screen

I'm going to have to be more careful. I've been absolutely spoiled by my TT Turnstyle 20. It's easy to work out of. And working from it I've never had it roll over and throw out gear.


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Nov 27, 2017 11:07 |  #1508

They are having a Black Friday sale right now and I ordered a L2 for $125. Not so bad! can't wait to get it.




  
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Dec 21, 2017 08:48 |  #1509

I'm the odd man out. I have a Hadley small and don't love it. The bags have sort of a cult following and I let the reviews sway me. Its not a bad bag just nothing special in my opinion. I originally got it for a Fuji kit but now I use it when I go out with my 6D and only one lens. Again the bag isn't horrible but I don't find it any better than most of the 20 other bags I have.


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Dec 23, 2017 17:32 |  #1510

Never leave home without your Billinghams.

These are all over 20 years old. Love em. Anyone else still have and use a 20+ year old bag??? I don’t have a closet full of other bags. These and a backpack.


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Dec 23, 2017 19:44 as a reply to  @ jptsr1's post |  #1511

I've been obsessing over a Hadley Small like yours.

I bought a Hadley Digital first. I wanted to carry my DSLR with 18-200VR mounted. I added a Billingham pad after the bag slid off my shoulder...argh.

I bought a Hadley Pro and really enjoyed it. Then I bought micro gear and the bag was too large...still have both.

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Dec 23, 2017 20:12 |  #1512

2mnycars wrote in post #18525034 (external link)
I've been obsessing over a Hadley Small like yours.

I bought a Hadley Digital first. I wanted to carry my DSLR with 18-200VR mounted. I added a Billingham pad after the bag slid off my shoulder...argh.

I bought a Hadley Pro and really enjoyed it. Then I bought micro gear and the bag was too large...still have both.

I'm a bagaholic.

Oooh.. a pad is a great idea. Be right back!


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Feb 22, 2018 18:38 |  #1513

Stopped at B&H on my way home from work and picked up a Hadley One (What can I say? It grew on me). Right off the bat I don't really care for the Fibrenyte in comparison to my canvas one. Hopefully it will break in over time.

Edit: just to clarify my comment, it is a very subtle difference. If I didn't have the two bags right next to each other I doubt I would have ever noticed. Also, of the 20 or so bags I own the One is the closest to the perfect size for an all around bag that I have ever had. Fits both my walk around day kit without feeling huge and my weekend trip kit without feeling like it's gonna bust.


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Mar 06, 2018 09:53 |  #1514

Billinghams are most definitely beautiful bags, and very well made. My personal experience with them wasn't that great, but it had nothing to do with the bag itself. I bought a black/tan 445 a few years ago and tried it out a couple of times. It was fine to work out of, but it was difficult for me to go walk up a muddy trail carrying a bag that just looks that nice. I ended up putting it on a shelf and going back to my trusty Domke. If I were a street shooter I would have likely kept using it, but the environment I shoot in just doesn't match the bag (for me ) :) In fact I'm trying to sell the 445 I have now.


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Mar 06, 2018 13:39 |  #1515

jcothron wrote in post #18578842 (external link)
Billinghams are most definitely beautiful bags, and very well made. My personal experience with them wasn't that great, but it had nothing to do with the bag itself. I bought a black/tan 445 a few years ago and tried it out a couple of times. It was fine to work out of, but it was difficult for me to go walk up a muddy trail carrying a bag that just looks that nice. I ended up putting it on a shelf and going back to my trusty Domke. If I were a street shooter I would have likely kept using it, but the environment I shoot in just doesn't match the bag (for me ) :) In fact I'm trying to sell the 445 I have now.

I know what you mean. Billinghams do clean up well. They’re made to be used though. I’ve yet to replace any of them.


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