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Billingham Hadley Pro camera bag

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The magic is in the detailing

The magic is in the detailing

Billingham makes a great line of “old school” camera bags that are the epitome of detailing, workmanship and design.  The Hadley Pro is a handsome bag with proportions that are unmatched in overall appearance.  It will easily hold a DSLR with attached lens and one additional lens.  Even a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L lens as your additional lens.  Or two DSLRs with lenses attached, provided the lenses are of smaller dimensions.  But given its capacity, it can become heavy.

Handsome kit

Handsome kit

The only niggling complaint I have is the interior depth of the bag.  It’s 70mm (2 3/4 in.) (if you use the padded insert).  I wish it was 50mm (2 in.) wider.  As it is, with some lenses etc it’s a tight fit.  As you can see, the bag also has two exterior pockets that are slightly wide.  The only problem with these pockets are the exposed rear of the snap rivet in each pocket.  This metal can scratch so you’ve been warned.

I recommend you consider the optional shoulder pad as this bag is capable of holding substantial weight and the shoulder strap could become uncomfortable.   This is not an issue with the smaller Hadley bag.

Open not so wide

Two DSLR's with lenses attached

Billingham have several bags slightly larger that may give you more flexibility in arranging your gear.  The 306 is of slightly larger dimensions and comes with the Superflex partition insert.

Insert out of the bag with two cameras inside

Insert out of the bag with two cameras inside

I highly recommend this bag to anyone.  It’s hard to go wrong with this traditional design.  And it will last a long long time.  Enjoy.

Check here for my other review re this bag.

Zippered flat back pocket

Zippered flat back pocket


Written by leolaksi

January 1, 2009 at 6:43 am

5 Responses

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  1. Very helpful review and this bag looks absolutely stunning! I’m on the verge of buying a Nikon D90 + Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 (and perhaps a prime lens too), do you think it will fit? If it does I will definitely buy this bag because imo it’s the most stylish of all camera bags..


    December 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    • There is no problem with that kit fitting in the Hadley Pro.



      December 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm

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  3. Do you think a gripped t2i would fit in a Hadley Large?


    March 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    • No problem whatsoever. It easily holds the D700 or 5d mk II with several lenses.



      April 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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