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Billingham Hadley Pro Camera Bag

Billingham Hadley Pro Camera Bag
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Colour: Black Canvas, Black Leather, Nickel FittingsColour: Black Canvas, Tan Leather, Brass FittingsColour: Khaki Canvas, Tan Leather, Brass Fittings
Colour: Black FibreNyte, Black Leather, Nickel FittingsColour: Khaki FibreNyte, Tan Leather, Brass FittingsColour: Sage FibreNyte, Chocolate Leather, Brass Fittings

Price:  £200.00(Inc. 20% VAT)

Part Number:  400045
Brand:  Billingham


Based on the ever popular Hadley Original, the Billingham Hadley Pro is a mirror with added features. A carrying handle is integrated with a stiffener into the top flap. The weight of your gear is not carried through canvas holes that could wear out, rather they are attached to a fibreglass stiffener and supported through that. A waterproofed zipped back pocket is very useful for tickets, magazines, manuals or any other flat document. The facility to add extra capacity with our AVEA pouches rounds off the bag nicely.

It has a fully removable insert with dividers that can be adjusted with velcro fastenings to suit equipment. The insert lifts out, much like a bucket. This bag also features adjustable Quick Release Straps into brass buckles, bellowed front pockets with press-stud fastenings and a double darted main flap which covers the mouth of the bag when closed, protecting it from rain and weather elements.

The fully adjustable shoulder sling is sewn under a leather side patch, which provides the facility to attach our AVEA side pockets. The AVEA03 is the nicest looking fit as they are slimmer and match the side profile of the Hadley Pro. However, the AVEA05's will also fit if you need extra room and are less concerned with aesthetics.

Included with Hadley Pro
Removable Insert, Small and Large Dividers

External dimensions (excluding handle)
W350mm (13¾") x D120mm (4¾") x H280mm (11")*
Internal dimensions
W340mm (13⅜") x D80mm (3⅛") x H270mm (10⅝")
Capacity 6.00 litres (0.21 feet³)
Weight 1.01 kgs (2.23 lbs)
Front 'dump' pocket
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

The first line of defence in our bags is the material they are made from, that is why we use a composite of canvas and StormBlock, a Billingham-developed material. The canvas we use actually comprises two layers of canvas that are fused together to give an uncompromising waterproof finish. In tests our canvas composite is able to hold a column of water in excess of 19 metres high, but even that is not enough. A Maeser test is also conducted which flexes a sample in water more than 100,000 times after which it still showed no signs of letting water in.
Many of our bags find themselves in some of the world’s most inhospitable places and on the receiving end of some very rough treatment. For instance, we have had a report of one of our canvas bags being accidentally dragged behind a 4x4 over rough terrain for some distance. The bag and equipment survived. Another customer told us that his Billingham had been covered in melting roofing tar in a house fire - again the bag, camera and lenses ‘lived to tell the tale.’ Despite this we decided we needed to offer an even more hard-wearing material for extreme conditions. After a long search we came upon FibreNyte - a man-made, high performance fabric which is bonded to a polyester lining with Billingham StormBlock whose useful characteristics include its excellent abrasion resistance and colour-fastness.
The leather we use across the range is known as top grain which as its name suggests, is the uppermost part of the hide. Top grain leather is strong, wears well and is surprisingly resistant to stains. We also like the fact that natural features such as growth marks can still be seen after the vegetable tanning process, which makes each hide unique.
If left untreated, animal skin begins to break down. To prevent this from happening, the hide needs to be preserved or ‘tanned.’ Images of people wearing leather are shown in cave paintings and the way our leather is tanned would probably be quite familiar to those artists. Rather than using some pretty unpleasant acidic chemicals, we use natural compounds such as tree bark and other organic matter – hence the name: ‘vegetable tanning.’
Metal Fittings
Brass is an obvious choice for bags which need to endure extreme conditions. It won’t rust, it’s tough, it looks great - even when it’s old - and doesn’t break when you tread on it or drop it like plastic would. As you would expect, we only use the highest quality fittings from trusted suppliers who share our quality standards.
Our black bags feature nickel plated brass fittings, because we think it looks better, so that's an extra process for the components to undergo and for our quality control to check.
Zips are incredible pieces of engineering we all take for granted, but if you stop to think about how close the tolerances need to be to for them to work properly they are quite something. Because we appreciate how difficult it is to make zips that will go on working for many years in all kinds of conditions, we use only the best quality zips from the world’s leading suppliers. The type we use have their teeth woven into the support tape for added strength and to keep them as flat as possible – that way they are less likely to damage the bag’s fabric or any delicate equipment.
It is vital when choosing a lining for a premium camera bag that it is non-fray, so that it doesn’t shed any fibres which can get onto and into lenses, filters and camera bodies. It might not be the most obvious quality you look for in a bag, but it is another detail that matters to us. Our material was selected for this reason and for its excellent ‘anti-wicking’ characteristics, which prevents any moisture being absorbed.
The webbing we use throughout is spun polyester – the same material you will find in military spec items such as parachute harnesses. We chose it because it stays flat, wears extremely well and doesn’t absorb moisture and consequently rot like many other materials. Another point worth mentioning is that our webbing is woven on old style looms which aren’t as fast as modern ones, but we think they produce a denser, more durable weave with greater pliability.
Closed Cell Foams
We use various densities of closed cell foams in our products to protect your equipment. Precisely which is dependant on where it will be fitted. What makes these foams so useful to us is the way their tough, durable cells act like miniature shock absorbers, spreading any impact loads, while at the same time, providing excellent resistance to moisture, mould and fungi. What is more, they are excellent insulators.
Rivets and Press Studs
Where appropriate, we use rivets to secure components and for reinforcement purposes. As you would expect, we use only the best press studs in our products, so we know they won’t let you down. Their strength depends on where they are and their purpose.

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