20 Oct Review: Billingham Hadley One, a versatile and customisable system bag
The name Billingham is synonymous with quality photographic bags. They’re a bit like Barbour jackets — highly desirable, rather expensive, last for decades and look better when they’re scuffed up a bit. The bags, too, are made in England and there is actually a Mr. Billingham. You are unlikely to meet Signor Manfrotto, a Moko ONA or a Mr. Lowe-Pro. But you can certainly greet Harry Billingham at a number of photo exhibitions. And by all accounts he’s a stickler for quality and attention to detail. When your name‘s attached to the product, you do tend to try harder.
It all started with the fishing bag concept. Angling gear made the basis of good makeshift camera system bags and was adopted by photographers after the war when there was a dearth of suitable canvas camera gear to be had. In 1973 Billingham came up with the idea of turning the traditional canvas bag into a proper camera holdall, complete with professional protection for the expensive gear. Now the company produces a mind-boggling range of bags of all shapes and sizes, not just for cameras but also for laptops and tablets and general luggage for travel….
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