Hadley Pro Camera Bag


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Model Number: 505248-54

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  • Our best selling bag of all time.
  • Removable padded insert to turn the bag 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
  • Adjustable front pockets and a rear zippered pocket
  • Fits most DSLRs (without a battery grip) or almost any mirrorless camera – and 2-3 small to medium sized lenses with accessories.
  • QRS front straps – quick and secure one-handed opening and closing (no need to use the buckles).
  • Strong leather side patches for mounting of optional AVEA side pockets.
  • 5 year manufacturers guarantee.
  • Made in England.
  • The 'Sage FibreNyte with Camo Front' colour combination was available only to those who pre-ordered on or before the 22nd September 2019. A small number of retailers may have limited stocks left. Find out more here.
  • Get 10% off a Shoulder Pad when bought at same time as this bag using code 'KITBONUS'.
  • Want a few extra features? Check out the new 'Hadley Pro 2020'!

    From the clean and elegant lines, to the hand finished leather and solid brass detail - it is easy to see why the Hadley Pro is our most popular photographic bag ever.

    Sitting in the middle of the Hadley range in terms of size it certainly stands out in terms of features. For example the Hadley Pro features a carry handle on top (as well as a shoulder strap) which is reinforced with fibreglass to minimise stress on the bag as you lift it. Just a small example of the thought and engineering put into the bag.

    Like all other Hadleys (except the Hadley Digital) the Pro comes with a removable padded insert (including a lid) made with fabric covered foam that protects your gear from all sides. Remove this insert and you can turn the Hadley Pro into a stylish messenger bag. The main flap is sculpted around the opening to prevent rain, snow or unwanted fingers getting into the bag – perfect for street photography. Of course the rain protection doesn’t stop there – like all Billingham bags it is made from a three layer fabric with a core of butyl rubber that is impermeable to water.

    The bag easily fits most DSLRs (without a battery grip) or almost any mirrorless camera – and 2-3 small to medium sized lenses with accessories. There is the height inside to hold a Canon or Nikon 70-200mm lens if you don't store it attached to the camera. The capacity of the bag can be increased with our optional AVEA pockets that attach to the leather side panels.

    For ease of access the Pro features the Quick Release System (QRS) to which we have added solid brass buckles. Why both? Simple, the QRS allows you to open and close the bag quickly and securely (at the top of the straps). The buckles allow you to tailor the ‘fit’ of the front pockets to suit your needs. You don't need to use the buckles to open and close the bag.

    Inside the padded insert we have supplied 4 removable, repositionable foam dividers to keep your gear organised - two vertical dividers and two small flappy dividers, perfect for stacking lenses. Additionally, on the back of the bag is a discrete zipped compartment - perfect for storing airline tickets or maps.

    Perhaps the bag's strongest feature though is that it doesn't look like a camera bag - allowing you to travel discretely in the city or the country. Of course, like all our camera bags, it is made in England and backed by our 5 year manufacturer's guarantee.


    Billingham Hadley Pro Insert

    The removable padded insert that comes inside of the Hadley Pro bag.



    External Dimensions:
    W390mm (15⅜") x D160mm (6") x H240mm (9⅜") (excluding top handle)

    W390mm (15⅜") x D160mm (6") x H280mm (11") (including top handle)

    Internal Dimensions (Main compartment):
    W340mm (13") x D80mm (3⅛") x H210mm (8¼")

    Please note this insert is 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 - inside it could comfortably bow out to a 'D' measurement of 100mm (3⅞") at the bottom and 120mm (4¾") at the top (at the centre), at a stretch it can go out to 160mm (6⅜").

    The top flap of the insert is flexible so you can put in items slightly taller if you need to.


    6.00 litres (0.21 feet³)


    1.1 kgs (2.4 lbs)



    3 in total

    Front 'dump' pockets (x2):
    W130 to 170mm (5⅛" to 6¾") x D40 to 60mm (1½" to 2⅜") x H200mm (7⅞")
    Capacity: 1 to 1.25 litres (0.03 feet³ to 0.04 feet³)

    Rear zipped pocket: W320mm (12⅝") x D Nominal x H220mm (8⅝")
    Capacity: Nominal


    Shoulder Sling Measurements
    Length: can be adjusted between 850mm (33½") to 1480mm (58¼") approx.
    Width: 38mm (1½").

    You can fit the SP40 or SP15 shoulder pads to this bag (not included).


    Colour of Internal Lining

    Colour of Outside of Bag Colour of Inside Lining
    Khaki Canvas / Tan Leather Olive
    Khaki FibreNyte / Tan Leather Olive
    Khaki FibreNyte / Chocolate Leather Olive
    Sage FibreNyte / Chocolate Leather Olive
    Sage FibreNyte / Tan Leather Olive
    Sage FibreNyte with Khaki FibreNyte Gusset / Chocolate Leather Olive
    Black Canvas / Tan Leather Olive
    Black FibreNyte / Black Leather Olive
    Black FibreNyte / Tan Leather Olive
    Black Canvas / Black Leather Olive
    Burgundy Canvas / Chocolate Leather Chocolate
    Imperial Blue Canvas / Tan Leather Orange
    Grey Canvas / Black Leather Black
    Neon Yellow Canvas / Black Leather Black
    Neon Red / Black Leather Black
    Neon Orange / Black Leather Black


    Please note: Orange linings are made of a sheer nylon material with Velcro® strips - not 'brushed nylon' like our normal linings. This may limit where dividers can be placed within the bag.



    (these are also available as additional or replacement items)



    Does this bag hold a 13 or 14 inch MacBook?
    Yes it does, however it would have to go between the padded insert and the outside of the bag - so it wouldn't be very well protected. Also it would push at the corners of the bag which might cause premature wear - so if you did use the bag for this it would be sensible to go with a FibreNyte version of the bag as this is more resistant to wear.

    The Hadley One has a dedicated, padded 13 inch laptop slip (which also easily fits a 14 inch MacBook). So if you need to carry a 13 inch laptop that might be a better option for you.

    The front to back internal measurement is only 80mm but you say it will fit a DSLR? How does that work?

    The bag is very flexible! At the bottom of the bag it can easily expand out to a 100mm front to back measurement, and at the top 120mm is a comfortable amount with 160mm being do-able if you need it to. So this easily covers most DSLRs inserted lens-down so long as you haven't attached a battery grip. By this standard the Canon 5D, Canon 6D, Canon 7D, Canon 80D, Nikon D750, Nikon D810, Nikon D850 and Nikon DF will fit just fine with 2 or 3 lenses.

    The Canon 1DX, Nikon D5 or any DSLR (the ones with mirrors in) with a battery grip attached will be a struggle to fit in lens down - for those we would probably recommend something like a Hadley One (with the optional full size insert, a Hadley Large Pro or our 5-series and 7-series bags such as 207, 335 etc.

    Do the buckles make the bag slow to get into?

    No! Hadley front straps are opened by sliding the top of the strap off the brass clogball (round stud). This is a very quick way to open and close the bag - many people learn to do this one-handed as the leather softens.

    The buckle is only used very occasionally to adjust the fit of the bag. We'd recommend keeping the strap in the buckle during normal use - this keeps the straps securely attached to the bag.

    You can keep the bag itself open while shooting - just don't put the straps back on the clogball until you want to close bag.

    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 I buy the Olympus 100 Anniversary Hadley Pro bag from you?

    Unfortunately we are unable to sell this bag direct to customers. It could originally be obtained be obtained buy purchasing selected Olympus cameras at 'The Photography Show' 16th to 19th March 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham. Terms and conditions can be found here: https://www.olympus-imagespace.co.uk/billingham/

    WEX are now stocking the bag for sale here.

    Which shoulder pad fits this bag?

    The 'SP15' and 'SP40' sizes both fit this bag. The 'SP15' has more grip whereas the 'SP40' has more padding. For most customers we recommend the SP40 shoulder pad.

    Do I need a shoulder pad for this bag?

    The shoulder pad isn't essential but can stop the strap from digging into your shoulder if you carrying heavy equipment inside the bag or carrying it for long periods. It can also reduce the chances of the bag slipping off your shoulder if you don't wear it across the body. Remember only the 'SP15' and 'SP40' sizes fit this bag. Buying it with the bag will save the postage cost of buying it separately later.


    Does this bag have a removable padded insert?
    Yes this bag comes with a removable padded insert included in the price. You can take the padded insert out if not carrying cameras - this turns the bag into a great casual bag.

    What do the AVEA 7 and AVEA 8 End Pockets look like on the bags?

    We have included photos below of how the pockets look on the bag. Remember, the AVEA 3 and AVEA 5 sizes also fit. The End Pockets are not included with the bag.


    Billingham Hadley Pro Camera Bag with optional AVEA 8 End Pockets


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