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Billingham Unveils the Hadley Small Pro Camera Bag

Simon Skinner - 2 years ago

British Bag-making masters, Billingham, has announced the arrival of the Hadley Small Pro to its camera bag range to offer top-notch security for smaller cameras, such as mirrorless, rangefinders and mid-sized DSLR cameras

Expertly-engineered at Billingham’s UK manufacturing facility, the new Hadley Small Pro joins its sibling, [the excellent Hadley Small – one of the company’s most popular bags] but with the addition of various new features, which have been designed for pro photographers.

Sturdy, weather-resistant and yet remarkably compact and light, the Hadley Small Pro could be the perfect camera bag for travelling photographers. Indeed, it promises to serve those carrying smaller scale camera kit on location or for day to day work.

Made in England and crafted from the company’s durable canvas or colour-fast FibreNyte material. These hard-wearing textiles are bonded to Stormblock material: two layers of fabric fused with butyl rubber for ultimate weather resistance. Due to its special composition, Stormblock never requires ‘reproofing’, remaining water-resistant for its entire life.

As mentioned at the beginning of this piece, the new Billingham Hadley Small Pro has been pimped and features a strong, padded, leather-reinforced handle has been added to the top cover to provide added comfort and a secure grip. The adjustable, shuttle woven polyester shoulder strap is also now detachable, transforming the Hadley Small Pro into a compact messenger bag when removed, ideal for those who want it to double up as carry-on luggage.

A new rear pocket, featuring a water-repellent zip allows owners to store important documents for quick and easy access on the move.

The Hadley Small Pro’s premium quality fittings and buckles have been manufactured from solid brass, while the trims and straps are made from the finest full-grain leather. Each bag has been carefully finished and numbered by an individual Billingham team member and carries a unique serial code, and the signature Billingham logo has been embossed into leather on the front main flap.

For added versatility, within the insert are two removable, repositionable padded vertical dividers that run the height of the bag, plus two smaller dividers for stacking lenses.

Once again, we have listened to the feedback and specific requests from our loyal customers, and have integrated the most-wanted features into this newly-designed model. Created with mid-sized DSLRs and CSCs in mind, the Hadley Small Pro is deceptively spacious and versatile and can be configured with the supplied accessories and inserts to suit the individual photographer’s needs. We believe users will welcome the additional functionality, comfort and convenience of the Hadley Small Pro, which has been painstakingly engineered for ultimate portability and protection.

Two spacious, expanding front pockets provide extra capacity for storing lenses or accessories and incorporate studs that can be opened or closed for improved practicality. The leather front straps with Quick Release System assure fast and discreet access to the equipment inside the bag and can be opened or fastened with a single hand.

Colourways, pricing and availability

The new Billingham bag will be available in six classic colour combos, which will be available from launch:

  • Khaki Canvas/Tan Leather
    Khaki FibreNyte/Chocolate Leather
    Sage FibreNyte/Chocolate Leather
    Burgundy Canvas/Chocolate Leather
    Black Canvas/Tan Leather
    Black FibreNyte/Black Leather

It will be available from the end of March 2018 from authorised Billingham stockists and Billingham’s websitedirectly and will have a suggested retail price of £200 [inc VAT].

Read the recent PhotoBite review of Billingham’s Weekender Travel Bag in #TheMeasure HERE

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.

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