The Perfect Bag for OM-D
|Billingham Hadley Small|
I had reviewed the OM-D EM5 few months ago. I had indicated that I may have found the perfect bag for The OM-D in the form of Herringbone small bag. However after months of use, there are limitations to the features of the bag . While it is small and portable, the bag was far too small for more general use and travelling. Critically it could not fit an IPad into it, thus the choice was either to get the IPad mini or search for a new bag. I picked the latter.
The next bag has to be lightweight and compact. I have 2 boys under 5 and there are times it is necessary to carry them. Thus this feature is essential for the next bag. Since the OM-D is the default camera for my use, I decided to embark on another search for the perfect bag for it.
The criterias for the 'perfect' bag are as follow
- Must fit a full size Ipad
- Pockets for passports ( at least 4) , wallets, phone
- Space for batteries
- Lightweight and compact
- Does not scream camera bag
- Good quality material
|Nickel plated and corrosion free.|
The review is done from a casual photographer perspective. I would like to explore the features as well as functionality of the Billingham in this review.
The bag I had decided on is the Billingham Hadley Small. This bag is one of the smallest range of Billingham bags. From the size, this may not be able to fit a full size DSLR and its systems. However it is a perfect fit for most micro four third system, the OMD included.
The interior of the bag is in Billingham classic signature green. The bag is made with canvas with high quality leather lining up the edges and the protective layer is well padded.The buttons are nickel plates and corrosion free.
The front cover is secured by 2 leather straps. They feature a quick release system by way of opening through the tear shaped hole.The buckles are mainly use for adjusting the width of the bag to fit your equipments. This is great for street or kids photography when you need quick access to the camera.
|Two front pockets.|
|Billingham 5 years warranty|
The front pockets are a great way to stow away all your knick knacks. I managed to store a (bulky) wallet, an iphone, pen in one and Sunglasses and accessories in another.
|More stuff in the front pocket|
|What is in the Billingham Hadley Small bag?|
|The iPad test|
It's a perfect fit for the iPad with a slim profile cover attached. I like the fact that with the iPad in place, the bag retains its original shape. In addition, the iPad is not poking out ( unlike some other bags where fitting the iPad will be a chore) and disappear from sight once it is in the slot. I would dare say with this thoughtful arrangement, your iPads will be safe from pickpockets.
|It's a fit!|
A great option if you need a office bag or even a diaper bag!
In addition, the camera insert can be used with another bag, thus expanding the options you have with one purchase. On the first day I carried the bag, I had received a compliment from a stranger. Not exactly the norm in Singapore.
|Removable Camera insert|
|2 bags into 1|
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|Billingham Hadley Small- for OMD|
After a few months search and decision making, I think I finally found the 'perfect' bag for micro four third system. It still has some quirks and I do wish it is an inch bigger, but nevertheless it met my personal expectations of a perfect bag.
It is now home to the OM-D EM5.
This review is base on personal experience and not sponsored by any organisation or person