550 Camera Bag
All prices in British Pounds (GBP)Model Number: 503833-70
- Our most luxurious bag - perfect for the photographer or the traveler.
- Includes two detachable end pockets for extra storage.
- Includes SP20 shoulder pad.
- Includes removable padded Superflex 10-15, Superflex 10-18 and Superflex flap dividers.
- Constructed from 3-layer waterproof canvas.
- Extensive use of full grain leather and brass fixings.
- 5 year manufacturers guarantee.
- Made in England.
- Please note this bag is now only being actively sold on this website. However some retailers may have stock from before this change was made.
The 550 was the first production bag we made and it set the tone and style for all the others. It is still one of the largest in our range , and probably your first choice if you never want to worry about leaving something behind. Even without the two detachable end pockets, it is still large enough to carry several camera bodies, lenses, flashguns and even some overnight stay essentials.
With all that space at your disposal, you will be tempted to fill it up and that’s fine. The 550 uses a wide strap with SP20 Shoulder Pad to help distribute the weight.
The 550 set new standards for design detail and build quality and it has hardly changed since it was introduced. Take a minute to pick one up, look at it and feel it, you will see why we are as proud of it now as we were back then.
Unbuckle the two leather straps, and lift the large rain flap to gain access to the two full-height zipped pockets or the two press studded outer pockets. To get into the main compartment, just pull back on the heavy duty zip and all that space is yours to configure any way you want. The SuperFlex partitioning system sticks to the bag's lining using Velcro® touch fastener strip, so you can arrange the interior to suit your particular needs while still protecting and organizing your gear. Alternatively, you can remove it entirely.
Even more space is provided by the zipped external back pocket and the detachable end pockets. To protect its underside the 550 stands on four brass feet.
Many 550 owners use them as a safe store for all their equipment and use one of our smaller bags to carry just the specific gear they need to take the shot, going back to the 550 to swap lenses or bodies. Because they tend to be packed with heavy kit, we fitted the 550s straps with brass buckles to keep things simple and secure.
The 550 is made at our factory in England and backed by our 5 year manufacturer' guarantee.
External Dimensions (including removable end-pockets)
W620mm (24½") x D280mm (11") x H300mm (11⅞")
External Dimensions (excluding removable end-pockets)
W470mm (18½") x D280mm (11") x H300mm (11⅞")
Internal Dimensions (Main compartment)
W440mm (17¼") x D150mm (5⅞") x H260mm (10¼")
16 litres (0.57 feet³) (Main Compartment)
21.5 litres (0.76 feet³) (Total Capacity)
2.44 kgs (5.38 lbs)
Front 'dump' pockets (x2) W150mm (5⅞") x D50mm (2") x H190mm (7½")
Capacity (each) 1.5 litres (0.05 feet³)
Front zipped pockets (x2) W210mm (8¼") x D40mm (1½") x H290mm (11½")
Capacity (each) 1.5 litres (0.05 feet³)
Rear zipped pocket W400mm (15¾") x D Nominal x H280mm (11")
Shoulder Sling Measurements
Length: can be adjusted between 810mm (31⅞") to 1360mm (53½") approx.
Width: 50mm (2").
Detachable End Pocket Specifications (x2):
External dimensions End Pockets (each) W180mm (7⅛”) x D80mm (3⅛”) x H210mm (8¼”)
Internal dimensions End Pockets (each) W150mm (5⅞”) x D75mm (2¾”) x H190mm (7½”)
Capacity (each) 2.25 litres (0.08 feet³)
Weight (each) 0.12 kgs (0.26 lbs)
Please note these end pockets are unpadded.
Colour of Internal Lining
|Colour of Outside of Bag||Colour of Inside Lining|
|Khaki Canvas / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Khaki FibreNyte / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Black Canvas / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Black Canvas / Black Leather||Olive|
|Black FibreNyte / Black Leather||Olive|
|Imperial Blue Canvas / Tan Leather||Orange|
- SP20 Shoulder Pad
- 550 End Pockets
- SuperFlex 10-15
- SuperFlex 10-18
- SuperFlex flap
- 500 SuperFlex Padded Base
- Drawstring Bag 'Size D'
(these are also available as additional or replacement items)
Richard Flint Photography - https://richflintphoto.blogspot.com/2018/08/review-billingham-550.html
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!
Can this bag store a laptop?
Unfortunately there is no good way to store a laptop in this bag - the only way to do it would be in the same compartment as the camera equipment but that would stop the SuperFlex dividers attaching to one wall of the bag. If you want carry a laptop I would look at the 555 bag instead (that bag has a long front pocket into which a laptop would fit).
Is this your biggest bag?
No. The main compartment of this bag and the 555 are almost identical in size (they use the same padded base - included) - however the full length front pocket on the 555 gives that bag a slightly larger useful capacity. So by a small margin we consider the 555 to be our biggest bag.
The one size advantage the 550 does have though is that it comes with 2 removable end pockets included in the cost. They aren't padded but they do offer a useful increase in the overall capacity of the bag.
Some of your bags have removable padded inserts. Does this bag have a removable padded insert?
No - on this bag the padding is sewn into the walls of the bag. However, the padded dividers are removable (they attach inside with Velcro®).