Two Billingham Hadleys in comparison – Hadley Pro v. Hadley (small)
Recently I was asked about the size difference between these two Billingham bags. The tan Hadley Pro is large enough to hold a Canon 5D with 17-40mm f/4 L and a 70-200mm f/2.8 L lenses. As the 70-200mm is a large lens, both length and diameter, it consumes all the extra room. Optionally, the bag will hold a Canon 5D with attached 17-40mm f/4 lens, as well as two other lenses, a 24-105mm f/4 L and an 85mm f/1.8 lens. The two front pockets will also hold your accessories. See my two previous postings on this subject. Here or here.
The small Hadley will hold a DLSR with attached lens and one other small to medium sized lens, like the 24-105mm f/4 L lens. And if you DSLR is on the small side like a Canon 450D, you have a little more room. See my other posting about the small Hadley.
Comfortwise, I find the small Hadley one of the most comfortable bags I have. I can carry this bag all day and never notice any discomfort. On the other hand, I don’t find the Hadley Pro comfortable at all. Perhaps it had to do with the overall stiffness of the bag with insert in place. It’s not one of my favorite bags and I usually use the Crumpler “seven million dollar home” or the Lowe Pro Inverse 200 AW if there’s a need to carry a larger bag. The Hadley Pro stays at home.
Both Hadleys are versatile. Their inserts remove and you can use the bags in other ways. The Hadley Pro can be used as a daily work bag and will hold an A4 sheet of paper, even with the insert in place, you can place A4 size docs in the space behind the insert. Also, the snap shown in the above photo creates a divided area in the space in front of the insert.
Quality-wise, both bags are extremely well-made and can be expected to last a lifetime. The leather trim also adds to the appearance of the beautiful canvas material.