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Billingham 550 Khaki Canvas Camera Bag with Tan Leather Trim

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  • Two full heightzippered pockets
  • Two press studded front pockets
  • Detachable end pockets
  • Huge main compartment
  • Zippered full length back pocket
  • SP20 Shoulder Pad:End Pockets:superFlex System inserts, 8-15, 9-15, 9-18 and flap
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 42 x 25 cm ; 2.2 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 503833-70
  • ASIN: B000J4FNX6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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The 550 was the first soft camera bag manufactured in Britain. It s continuing success, both as a spacious camera bag and as a general travel bag have meant that, apart from a few very minor improvements, it remains much the same as when it was first introduced. The adjustable shoulder sling comes complete with a leather and neoprene SP20 shoulder pad. An 8-15, 9-15 and 9-18 Superflex, together with a flap are included. Weight 2.6kgs.

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The 550 was the first soft camera bag manufactured in Britain. It's continuing success, both as a spacious camera bag and as a general travel bag, has meant that, apart from a few very minor improvements, it remains much the same as when it was first introduced.

The adjustable shoulder sling comes complete with a leather and neoprene SP20 shoulder pad. An 8-15, 9-15 and 9-18 Superflex, together with a Flap are included. The two matching side pockets are also part of the product and will arrive with the bag.

External Dimensions - W460 x D280 x H300mm, W18 x D11 x H11�ins

Internal Dimensions - W450 x D150 x H260mm, W17.5 x D5,3/4 x H10ins


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This is just an awesome bag. Large, but strong and durable, with an undeniable classic style. I really like the fact that this version remains true to its origins and is devoid of compromise-real canvas, real leather straps, no plastic or synthetics. You will see plenty of photographers in the past used one, (Helmut Newton for one-his is still on display at Museum of Photography in Berlin) so you are joining a long line of famous and satisfied past customers. Plenty of options with the pockets and internal dividers, and more space than even the keenest photographer will ever need for an expedition with multiple cameras and lenses-leaving space left over for pencils, books, maps, rolls of film and bits and bobs as well. The space inside is incredibly adaptable for whatever digital, medium format or 35mm kit you have. What you will NOT get is a modern-style 'messenger bag' with a bespoke padded slot for your laptop or iPhone-but there are other bags out there, including Billingham ones, for that, none of which attracted me personally. What you get here instead of all that, and the reason I bought this one, is the real deal from the 1970s, before everyone felt the need to carry thousands of pounds of plastic modern electronics everywhere they go and to be constantly contactable by their work. The price will put many people off, but this is a lifetime investment and so therefore well worth it.
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Billingham 555 Khaki Canvas Camera Bag with Tan Leather Trim I bought my first Billingham bag over 25 years ago, and it's still going strong. So there was no contest when it came to buying another bag. The Billingham 555 is the ultimate camera bag in terms of practicality and durability. The materials and craftsmanship are simply stunning, as is the practicality. It has obviously been designed with real working photographers in mind. I can easily carry all my necessary kit for one job in it, and everything is easily to hand.

It takes a bit of thought to get the very best out of using this bag: there is an overwhelming temptation that just because there is space left, you can pack a couple more things in. This is a mistake: you won't be able to lift it!

I've had this bag and used it on a daily basis for around three years, and wouldn't change it for anything. It's simply the standard by which all others are judged.

You may think it's expensive, but when you look at the rate of attrition of lesser bags, you'll realise it is in fact a bargain. Once you buy one of these, you will never want anything else.

Highly recommended, start saving your pennies now.
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I do tend to buy Camera Bags a bit like my wife buys handbags. Always looking for the perfect bag. It is a real commendation that I keep coming back to my Billingham's (plural) because nothing else I have tried is quite so functional. I do have a Shape Shifter backpack which is excellent and Billingham have nothing to compete and I have an excellent Domke bag, but the Billingham is definitely the best all rounder. My oldest bag is about 30 years old and apart from needing new inserts and being fairly manky is as good as new. Someone said their bag has another 30 years in it, I suspect mine will see me off.
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I bought my 550 back in 1998 and it's still going strong. Other bags have come and gone, all have failed somewhere along the line but this bag just quietly goes about it's job. Here's a full review I did recently on my blog - I figure 15 years is enough time to compile a thorough review on it:
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I know some people like hard sided bags to "protect" their equipment... but my cameras and lenses are perfectly safe in this bag (maybe some people shouldn't be so clumsy!). I know some people prefer back-packs as this more evenly distributes the weight when carrying the bag. For me, these are irrelevances. I work as a live music photographer, so the walk from my car to the venue is rarely far. Carrying the bag on one shoulder or another, even when at an all-day or multi-day festival, doesn't discomfort me. What I do like about this bag, above any other I have owned, is that I can quickly and easily access all of my equipment (2 bodies, 4 lenses, 2 flash guns + other bits and pieces). Above all, I know that this bag will last and last. My Billingham 550 is over 20 years old and has at least another 30 years of life left in it, if not more. When traveling abroad, it's also just small enough to count as hand luggage for all but budget airlines (and I don't fly with them anyway).

For me, this is simply the best camera bag ever.
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