How much blad stuff can one cram into a Billingham Hadley (large/original)?
My Hasselblad kit has outgrown my Lowepro Nova 2 bag now and I need a new one, I really love the looks of the Hadley series and would relly like one of those if I can fit enough of my stuff in it before I need another upgrade..
The swedish distributor of Billingham don't sell to private persons any more so I'm counting on you to tell me or post pictures your Hadleys filled with stuff.
I have seen people pack a lot more in these bags than what Billingham say you can fit, but I don't know how realistic I am in trying to cram all this in, even in the large model.
What I have now:
Metz MZ54 flash
1 extra back
Of course I just can't stop getting stuff for it and sooner rather than later I'll probably end up with:
150 or 250mm Sonnar
another back or two.
Plus all the assorted small things one need and film
This is of course quite a lot of stuff and I won't take it all out at once very often if not only due to weight. But it would be nice to get it all in for traveling between places, I could live with having some extra side pockets attached for carrying all of this kit.
Also do you prefer Canvas or Fibrenyte?
Well, I don’t own a Hasselblad anymore. But I can give you an example of what I routinely carry around in my Hadley Original:
Apart from small stuff like film, filters, maps and a notebook; the bag holds one Rolleiflex 2.8, one Gossen LunaSix, one M Leica with a lens mounted and one or two extra lenses.
I like the canvas; it ages with grace.
I can't speak to the Hadley, but I get the following into a Domke "little bit bigger" bag: Hasselblad 503cx w/prism & back mounted, 80mm, 50mm, 120mm, extra back, 55mm extension tube, 3 hard lens shades, Vivitar 283 flash, film, accessories, glass filters, Gossen LunaPro SBC meter. It holds an amazing amount of stuff, is canvas, and is now 15 years old. I recently washed it for the first time, waterproofed it, and put it right back to work. Great bag.
I use the Hadley Original and can fit my 500 C/M fitted with with 80mm lens and a back, 150mm lens, one or two spare backs and a Sekonic L508, plus quite a bit of film (probably ten rolls or so). It's canvas and I love it.
My Hadly original holds a 500C/M + 80 mm T* + A12, SW/C T* + A12, Pantax spot meter, a few filters, cable release, some little stuff I think I might need and a dozen rolls. This will do...
"...If you can not stand the rustle of the leafs, then do not go in to the woods..."
(freely translated quote by Guido Gezelle)
PS: English is only my third language, please do forgive me my sloppy grammar...
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Thanks a lot for the replys so far. I think I will go with the large model, in canvas.
I use two Billingham bags a 335 for my 35mm gear, and a 550 (the largest) for my Mamiya system, they are both made of Nytex. I would think that for the amount of Hasselblad equipment you will eventually own the 550 is the most suitable size, although it ain't cheap in the UK, and probably even more so in Sweden, the major difficulty will be picking it up with all that weight in it.
canvas Billingham bags are much heavier than Nylon ones of the same model because the the canvas is a sandwich that has a layer of rubber between it to make it waterproof, I compared them for weight when I bought mine I found the Nylon ones much lighter and after almost twenty years I am still very happy with them in every respect.
If you get stuck finding one locally send me a PM.... I have one in stock.
I use a Lowepro Orion AW Hip pack for my Blad 500cm, WLF, 80mm, 50mm CFi, 150mm ALL lens hoods, 2 backs (one on camera, one spare), some filters, cable release, and Gossen Lunasix 3S. There is also room for 15 rolls of film. It's a little bit of a squeeze, but works swimmingly. The optional clip on back pack attachment is also handy for other stuff like food, water, maps, flashlights etc... Or more film.
Before I had two of these bags, believe it or not, I put my blad 150 and 50mm into lens cases and put these inside the clip on back pack, and a complete Mamiya 6 system in the lower hip bag with the blad body and 80mm. I used this configuration on the last fall APUG trip in Northern MN. It worked really well.
I'm just thinking that another thing to consider is, if you get all you're gear into a Billingham bag of a size that will accommodate it all, will you be able to pick it up ? because I find with my Billingham 550 if I fill it, and get it on my shoulder It's difficult not to walk in circles !