I have been drooling over the Billingham bags for some time now, and it might now be the time to take the step to get one.
Still I am quite uncertain which to choose and would prefer some thoughts by the members here.
My current walk around bag is ThinkThank Retrospective 7. I like this bag, but it is a little flimsy, and hold a little less than I like. Not a big fan of velcro either. But it is kind of easy to carry for longer walks if not filled with heavy stuff.
My setup is mostly Canon 5dmk3; 50/1.2; 24-105; 70-200/4 and the 600 flash.
Occasionally also the 100 macro, and maybe the 17-40/4. I cannot fit all of my photo gear into the TT, and maybe not the Billingham either. But that is not the main idea either.
The main idea is that the bag should be carried for all day family vacation travels with at least 4 passports, tickets, iPad/MBP, 5dmk3 and three lenses of choice, including extra batteries, and small stuff like keys, cables, a.o. Need a rear zippered compartment for those passports and tickets.
Since the bag will be carried all day on vacation travels I want it to be easy to carry and not protrude to much. Also a personal rain cover or a thin fleece would be nice to fit into the bag when weather tells it could be necessary.
I have looked at the following bags:
Eventer…no go…the flap doesn’t cover as well as e.g. Hadleys/07’s.
Hadley Large … no go..me think…prefer the handle on top
It seems to boil down to Hadley Pro, Hadley Large Pro or the 307L.
My main questions is if the Hadley Pro will fit above equipment and stuff or if the 307L or Hadley Large Pro will be the better choice? Any comments or guidance are welcome!
Sub questions…is the release system of the 307L and similar really slow and awkward compared to the quick release system on e.g. the Hadley Pro? And can one carry the 307L/Hadley Large Pro safely when not fastening the cover? Also will the 307L and HLP be too big for the purpose?