445 Camera Bag
All prices in British Pounds (GBP)Model Number: 503433-70
- The 445 is a large camera bag, but not our largest. Perfect for those who want to carry a couple of DSLRs and several moderately sized lenses.
- Front pocket is big enough to hold a 13" laptop in our 13" Laptop Slip (not included).
- Features 9 different pockets.
- Includes SP20 shoulder pad.
- Includes Superflex 9-15, Superflex 10-18, Superflex Base and Superflex Flap padded dividers.
- Expandable with optional Delta pockets.
- Constructed from a choice of 3-layer waterproof canvas or 3-layer waterproof FibreNyte material.
- Real full grain leather and brass fixings.
- 5 year manufacturers guarantee.
- Made in England.
The 5-Series is unmistakably Billingham and the 445 is no exception. Classic, well thought-through design and hand crafted quality, along with considerable internal volume make this a favourite amongst many professional photographers.
A particular feature liked by many Pro's is the TukTop feature. This allows the two sides of the zipped opening to be tucked behind the bag's internal front and rear dividers - meaning its easy to pull equipment in and out of the bag.
Further you'll find nine good-sized main pockets in all - two at the front under the flap , four internal slip pockets in the main compartment and a zipped rear pocket . A full length front pocket contains a further two internal pockets and has space to store a 13" inch laptop inside a slim padded case such as our 13" laptop slip (available separately)
When you look at the detail of the 445, you’ll notice the Quick Release System has been adapted so that the top grain leather straps pass through solid brass ‘D’ rings at the end of the webbing carry-handles. We’ve done it this way to provide fast, secure closure even when the bag is heavily loaded. An embossed leather grab handle holds the hand straps together and makes carrying them for long periods more comfortable.
At the back of the bag, a full-width zipped pocket is ideal for manuals, maps or documents.
Thanks to a third, internal web carry handle , moving a 5 Series around safely, even with the main flap open is no problem.
Just like all 5 Series bags, the 445 is fitted with an adjustable ‘Y’ shaped Delta sling, designed to help prevent rocking, even when the bag is full. For times when you need extra space, optional Delta Pockets can be fitted to the base of the sling.
If you like to carry your bag on your back we’ve fitted 5 point mounting loops for the optional Back Pack Harness (not currently available) – they can also be used with our tripod straps.
Finally, to protect the underside, brass feet are fitted to top grain leather corner patches, while internally the bottom of the bag features a padded, waterproofed base. The bag of course is made in England and protected by our 5 year manufacturers guarantee.
Please note: Some photos include a 'V-Bridge 15' - this is not included with the bag.
W430mm (17") x D250mm (9⅞") x H300mm (12⅝")
Internal Dimensions (Main compartment)
W400mm (15¾") x D150mm (5⅞") x H250mm (9⅞")
14 litres (0.50 feet³)
2.10 kgs (4.63 lbs)
Front external 'dump' pockets (x2) W160mm (6¼") x D50mm (2") x H250mm (9⅞")
Capacity (each) 01.25 litres (0.04 feet³)
Full Length Front Pocket:
Front full length zipped pocket W390mm (15⅜") x D40mm (1½") x H290mm (11½")
Capacity see below
Front internal ‘dump’ pockets (x2) inside front full length zipped pocket W190mm (7½") x D30mm (1¼") x H220mm (8⅝")
Capacity 5 litres (0.18 feet³) (Front zippered and two internal 'dump' pockets combined)
Front & rear internal pockets inside main compartment (2 + 2)
W180mm (7⅛") x D Nominal x H280mm (11")
Capacity (each) Nominal
Rear zipped pocket W280mm (11") x D Nominal x H180mm (7⅛")
Shoulder Sling Measurements
Length: can be adjusted between 1050mm (41⅜") to 1500mm (59") approx.
Width: 50mm (2").
Colour of Internal Lining
|Colour of Outside of Bag||Colour of Inside Lining|
|Khaki Canvas / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Khaki FibreNyte / Tan Leather||Olive|
|Sage 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|
Richard Flint Photography: https://richflintphoto.blogspot.com/2008/05/review-billingham-445.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!