35 Rucksack for Cameras
All prices in British Pounds (GBP)Model Number: 503133-70
- Removable padded insert to turn backpack from a camera bag to a casual bag.
- Constructed from a choice of 3-layer waterproof canvas or 3-layer waterproof FibreNyte material.
- Real full grain leather and brass fixings.
- Ergonomically designed shoulder straps with spacer fabric for breathability.
- 5 year manufacturers guarantee.
- Made in England.
The Rucksack 35's classic styling, top grain leather and solid brass fixings make it a bag of true distinction. The careful thought that has gone into all aspects of its design also make it a perfect choice for those who want an alternative to a messenger style bag.
Similar to the Hadley Pro or Hadley Small the main compartment contains what we call a 'Photographic Insert' a padded bucket (with a lid) made of fabric covered foam that protects your camera equipment from all sides. This insert is removable with two simple pop-clips turning the Rucksack 35 into the ideal casual backpack.
It isn't just this flexibility that marks out the Rucksack 35. Both the main compartment and the front pocket feature double zips allowing you to reach your camera quickly. Moreover both zips are protected from the rain - the main compartment has a rim of real leather trim extending from the main body of the bag over the zip. The smaller front pocket has a rain flap secured with our bespoke brass fastening (the clogball) for extra security whilst still maintaining ease of access.
Below the front pocket are two solid brass loops to attach our 5/8 tripod straps.
The Rucksack 35 has ergonomically designed shoulder straps lined with spacer fabric to promote breathability as well as having brass loops so the straps can be easily adjusted.
Finally like all Billinghams the bag features a three layer waterproof fabric to protect the bag and its precious contents during a downpour – after all it is made in Britain!
The padded insert inside the Rucksack 35.
W310mm (12¼") x D200mm (7⅞") x H380mm (15")
Inside padded insert (at widest points): W280mm (11") x D90mm (3½") x H220mm (8⅝")
Inside padded insert (at narrowest points): W230mm (9") x D65mm (6½") x H220mm (8⅝")
In main compartment with padded insert removed: W260mm (10¼") x D180mm (7⅛") x H380mm (15")
Please note this bag and its padded insert are flexible - especially front to back. It's one of the best things about the bag! Therefore it can fit items slightly larger than the dimensions suggest - the inside of the padded insert could comfortably bow out to a 'D' measurement of 110mm (4⅜") at the bottom and 130mm (5⅛") at the top (at the centre) for example.
Inside padded insert: 5.6 litres (0.20 feet³)
In main compartment with padded insert removed: 7 litres (0.25 feet³)
In front pocket: Additional 1.8 litres (0.06 feet³) in front pocket.
External Front Pocket internal dimensions
W200mm (7⅞") x D60mm (2⅜") x H170mm (6¾")
Shoulder Strap Measurements
Length: can be adjusted between 480mm (18⅞") to 980mm (38⅝") approx.
Colour of Internal Lining
|Colour of Outside of Bag||Colour of Inside Lining|
|Khaki Canvas / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Sage FibreNyte / Chocolate Leather||Olive|
|Black Canvas / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Black Canvas / Black Leather||Olive|
|Burgundy Canvas / Chocolate Leather||Chocolate|
|Grey Canvas / Black Leather||Black|
(these are also available as additional or replacement items)
Philippe Castagna - https://philippecastagna.com/2017/07/12/billingham-rucksack-35-the-full-review/
Amateur Photographer Magazine - https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/review/accessory_reviews/billingham-25-35-rucksacks-review-80322 (covers the 25 and 35 Rucksack together)
Which is bigger? The '25 Rucksack' or the '35 Rucksack'?
The 25 Rucksack is larger.
Can you fit a laptop or tablet in this bag?
You can fit a 9.7", 10.2", 10.5" or 11" inch iPad in the pocket on the back of the main flap.
The bag wasn't designed to hold a laptop. However a 12.9" iPad Pro, MacBook Pro 13" (4th Gen - late 2016 onwards), MacBook Air 11" or MacBook Air 13" (3rd Gen - late 2018 onwards) will fit between the front of the padded insert and the main flap. They aren't very well protected in this position but a thin slipcase that didn't add too much to the length or width could help protect the device (the ones we make would not be suitable for this as they are too large).
It would not be possible to fit a 15 inch laptop in this bag at all.
The laptops and tablets can't be laid flat against your back in the bag as the pop-clips holding the insert in place would get in the way.
Which tripod straps fit on this bag?
The 5/8 Tripod Straps can be attached to this bag (using the brass 'D-rings' under the front pocket. We'd advise only attaching tripods that are small and light to avoid damage to the bag - or extra weight on your shoulders!
Does this bag need re-proofing to keep it waterproof?
No. The fabric is made of 3 layers - the middle layer is butyl rubber. Water cannot pass through this butyl rubber layer. As long as you don't get a hole in the fabric or expose it to harsh chemicals (for example in a washing machine) the fabric should remain waterproof for many years. There is no need to apply re-proofing.
What is the difference between 'Canvas' and 'FibreNyte'?
In simple terms ‘Canvas’ or ‘FibreNyte’ refers to top layer of fabric on our bags – the facecloth.
‘Canvas’ is a mix of cotton and polyester. ‘FibreNyte’ refers to our face fabric that is completely synthetic. Canvas is hard wearing, FibreNyte is very hard wearing.
Both fabrics are bonded to a non-wicking polyester backing fabric with a middle layer butyl rubber – this rubber layer makes both fabrics equally (and very) waterproof. Water can’t get through that rubber layer.
Both fabrics have a similar weave - the FibreNyte looks similar to canvas. Canvas is slightly softer to the touch, FibreNyte is slightly rougher to the touch.
People tend to choose Canvas if they want the bag to age gracefully and look vintage over time. This is particularly true of people who chose our ‘Khaki Canvas’ fabric as this looks particularly lovely as it ages.
People tend to choose FibreNyte if they want the bag to look newer for longer or if they are particularly hard on their gear - for example by carrying the bag to work with them every day, doing a lot of hiking or filling it particularly full. If you are buying a black bag it’s particularly worth considering FibreNyte as it will stay looking blacker longer. Also Sage FibreNyte is particularly attractive as a colour – it’s probably the most popular colour among our staff!