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Billingham Hadley Small Pro goes monochrome


Fancy a new bag to go with your new Leica M10 Monochrom? Billingham has solved the problem for you. The Hadley Small Pro has gone grey, always the safe choice, and just up the street of any black-and-white fan. This special edition comes in a fetching grey canvas with black leather trimmings and provides the seventh colour option.

The Billingham Hadley Small has always been one of my favourite bags for general use and the Pro upgrade, which introduced the very useful carrying handle, is definitely the best so far. It provides enough space for an M and a couple of lenses and is ideal as an everyday carry bag or for use when travelling. It now has a back strap to enable it to be attached to luggage trolleys.

In addition to this new grey, the bag is available in six colour combinations and in either canvas or FibreNyte. All versions cost £200, including VAT.

The new grey/black version is available while stocks last and you can order at this pre-sale site link. Deliveries will start on March 17. In addition, limited stocks will be available on the Wex Photographic stand at The Photography Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, between March 14 and 17, 2020.

Press release

Billingham adds Grey Canvas/Black Leather option to Hadley Small Pro line-up

Hard-wearing professional photographic bag provides outstanding protection for compact system cameras

Billingham has introduced a Grey Canvas/Black Leather option to its Hadley Small Pro range, following requests from customers around the world. This smart new colour combination will be available while stocks last, with pre-orders starting today, 20 February, at this pre-sale link. A limited number of the bags will be on sale at The Photography Show from Wex Photo Video (stands B122 & C120, NEC Birmingham, 14-17 March), and general sale will begin on 27 March from authorised Billingham stockists across the UK.

The Hadley Small Pro provides exceptional protection for small mirrorless system cameras, rangefinders and mid-sized DSLRs. Precision-engineered at Billingham’s manufacturing facility in the West Midlands, this premium bag is rugged, weather-resistant yet extremely compact and light, making it perfect for travelling, or for carrying smaller equipment on location shoots or daily photographic work.

With a suggested retail price of £200 including VAT, the Hadley Small Pro now comes in seven different colour combinations (listed below):

  • Khaki Canvas/Tan Leather
  • Khaki FibreNyte/Chocolate Leather
  • Sage FibreNyte/Chocolate Leather
  • Burgundy Canvas/Chocolate Leather
  • Black Canvas/Tan Leather
  • Black FibreNyte/Black Leather
  • Grey Canvas/Black Leather


As with all Billingham products, the Hadley Small Pro is made in England and crafted from the company’s highly durable Canvas or colour-fast FibreNyte material. These hard-wearing textiles are bonded to Stormblock material: two layers of fabric fused with butyl rubber for ultimate weather resistance. Due to its special composition, Stormblock never requires ‘reproofing’, remaining water-resistant for its entire life.

An upgrade on the popular Hadley Small, the bag offers a number of features to appeal to professional photographers. A strong, padded, leather-reinforced handle on the top cover provides extra comfort and a secure grip. The adjustable, shuttle woven polyester shoulder strap is detachable, transforming the Hadley Small Pro into a stylish, compact messenger bag when removed, ideal for photographers wishing to use it as carry-on luggage.

A handy rear pocket, featuring a water-repellent zip for protection against adverse conditions, allows owners to stow important documents such as passports or tickets for quick and easy access when on the move. The durable rear luggage strap enables the bag to be conveniently retained on a trolley suitcase handle for fuss-free transportation.

The Hadley Small Pro’s premium quality fittings and buckles have been manufactured from solid brass, while the trims and straps are made from the finest full-grain leather. Each bag has been carefully finished and numbered by an individual Billingham team member and carries a unique serial code, and the signature Billingham logo has been embossed into leather on the front main flap.

Its sculpted top cover protects the contents from the elements, while inside the bag, a generously padded full-sized insert delivers excellent impact protection for valuable equipment, which can be unclipped and removed if required, to convert the Hadley Small Pro to a work bag, compact travel holdall or day bag for personal belongings.

For additional flexibility, within the insert are two removable, repositionable padded vertical dividers that run the height of the bag, plus two smaller dividers for stacking lenses. The top of the insert features a padded flap, further safeguarding possessions from rain, and delivering added protection in the event of a fall or knock.

Two spacious, expanding front pockets provide extra capacity for storing lenses or accessories and incorporate studs that can be unfastened or closed for increased versatility. The leather front straps with Quick Release System ensure fast and discreet access to the equipment inside the bag and can be effortlessly opened or secured with one hand. Two high-quality brass buckles allow the photographer to adjust the leather straps to fit snugly around the front pockets and their contents.

The Billingham Hadley Small Pro comes with a five-year manufacturer’s guarantee.

Billingham Hadley Small Pro specifications

  • External dimensions (W x D x H): 330mm x 140mm x 260mm
  • Internal dimensions (W x D x H): 260mm x 80mm x 190mm
  • Weight (inc shoulder sling and padded insert): 0.9kg
  • Main compartment capacity: 3.5 litres
  • Front pockets (x2) capacity: 0.5 to 0.75 litres each
  • Included accessories: Removable full insert, divider set (2 x small and 2 x large dividers), front straps, removable shoulder sling
  • Optional accessories: fine leather shoulder pad (SP40), fine leather luggage tally, replacement insert, dividers and straps as above.

A family business, Billingham thoroughly sources and tests all materials, ensuring that every bag is built for maximum strength and reliability, using the most innovative, durable and authentic components. Manufacturing is carried out to meticulous standards of technical precision, and once the product passes the company’s rigorous quality checks, an individual laser-engraved woven label containing a unique 10-digit barcoded serial number is applied. This represents the Billingham seal of excellence, and allows the bag to be registered, identified and tracked throughout its life.

More information on the Billingham range can be found at www.billingham.co.uk.

About Billingham

Since 1973, Billingham has been passionate about producing high quality, durable and stylish bags designed to protect valuable cameras, photographic and optics equipment, while providing owners with exceptional comfort and peace of mind. Built to meticulous standards at the company’s manufacturing facility in the West Midlands, England, Billingham’s versatile, purpose-built bags have an unrivalled reputation for excellence, and are highly revered and trusted by photographers around the world. Each model is precision-engineered from rugged, weather-proof materials and premium padding, to ensure the contents are kept safe and secure in transit. Billingham’s outstanding products are unlike any other bags, and the special way they are developed and engineered is intrinsic to their distinctive character. Quality and detail are paramount to the production of a Billingham bag, with each typically comprising more than 100 individual components – the majority of which are custom-made by Billingham itself. Each bag comes with a five-year guarantee, and is awarded its own unique serial number as a seal of perfection and authenticity, allowing the product to be tracked throughout its entire lifecycle.

The growing Billingham range includes photographic and messenger bags, travel and leisure holdalls/carry-on luggage, padded rucksacks, binoculars cases, laptop and tablet cases, luggage tallies, leather shoulder pads and other accessories.

Billingham is a family business located at City Estate, Corngreaves Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 7EP, United Kingdom. Its products can be found at selected approved retailers around the world.

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  1. A gorgeous elegant bag suitable for even black tie affairs and weddings. And a comfortable black neoprene shoulder strap will look great on it after the expensive uncomfortable Billingham strap is burned in the fireplace while sipping on a Guinness or fine glass of red wine.

  2. That’s the same colour as my Hadley small, the best camera bag I’ve ever owned.

    It wears well, and looks classy but is also discreet when you are out and about. Mine can carry two cameras too.

    • Seek and ye shall find… Thanks for accompanying me to Sigma in Welwyn Garden City today and I look forward to cooperating with you on Sigma features and other photographic themes in the future.


  3. I confess to being one of the unwashed masses. Pray tell, what is the difference between ‘canvas’ and ‘FibreNyte’? Is one ‘better’ than the other? Marketing blather?

    • Well I am no expert but canvas is canvas, the traditional material, while FibreNyte is a synthetic material which is slightly lighter and has a moderate sheen. It is said to be a little more durable long term. Both materials have a waterproof membrane. I’ve tried both and sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. It’s one of those things that you have to see and feel. I have examples of both and I ein can’t really say that one is better than the other.


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