Billingham Camera Bags 555 and 355

Originally published: April 3, 2011

Billingham bags are well built and stylish. They are made from high quality cloth and leather. For me the 335 was my first bag when I didn’t carry around a lot. It can hold a Nikon D3s (or Nikon D700 with battery grip) with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and hoot as well as a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 50mm f/1.4G or Nikon 85mm f/1.4D in the main compartment. I also usually keep a SB-900 in the front pocket. Incase a DSLR isn’t your cup of tea for comparison, the Bellingham 335 could alternatively hold a Mamiya 645 AFD with Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 lens and film back attached, with an extra film back, Mamiya 210mm f/4 ULD Lens and Mamiya 55mm f/2.8 lens in the main compartment. It can also hold a large amount of film and filters in the side pocket when using film. It is a very robust bag. You could use it as your camera bag for a small to medium sized kit or you could use it as a walk around bag for when you are in the field.

The Billingham 555 can fit way more in it. Its the biggest bag that Billingham makes and it can hold a lot. It can hold a Nikon D3s, Nikon D700 with battery grip (or Nikon F100) as well as the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G, Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye as well as my Leica M8, Leica M7, Leica 35mm Summarit f/2.5 and Leica 24mm Summilux f/1.4 with room to spare. In its side pocket it can fit my SB-900 as well as anything else I could think to carry. It is superb and can carry everything I need. Its convenient and it looks good. Although they are a little more expensive then other camera bags, they more then make up for it in craftsman ship and quality.


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