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Billingham 550 Classic Safari Soft Case

5/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

It's huge main compartment suits those with tons of kit, the 550 has been a firm favourite of professionals for over 20 years. You can often spot 550's in crowds at major press events on T.V. It's solid yet comfortable design remains the basis of all our photographic luggage.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Vish Vishvanath a Professional from London, UK

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2000

Strengths:    Waterproof - has stood in a foot of water in the sea.
Built to last - used and abused it for eight years now.
Looks good - also used as an overnight bag...


Weaknesses:    Could be quicker to open, like the 445, and it could use more closed pockets and pouches, but that's it.

Bottom Line:   
The bag is waterproof, although water seeps in around the lug holes at the bottom, but doesn't get very far. The size means you chuck more equipment in than you realistically need, but that's not the bag's problem. It has a solid base and padded sides to protect your gear and it still looks as good as it did eight years ago. Cost me £150 then. Expensive then, and expensive now. But I've never had to think about what I carry my gear in.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Purchased At:   Jessops, Hanley

Similar Products Used:   None.

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by eos guy a Professional from UK

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2000

Strengths:    Built to last !
Waterproof !
Looks good !
Does NOT scream !Camera bag, Come steal me !!!)


Weaknesses:    None really ! (Maybe that i tend to load more than i need into my 550 therefor making it heavy

Bottom Line:   
You get what you pay for !
Its expensive (189 UK pounds !) but it will probably out live/last me !

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $189.00

Similar Products Used:   Many Many different Makers tried but none come close to my Billingham 550 !

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Spicer a Intermediate from Newmarket, suffolk England

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2000

Strengths:    Super strong and tough this bag is built to last and last. Loads of room to store all the things you don't really need to take with you.

Weaknesses:    See last line above. Therefore can become very heavy. Initial cost. £ 200.00 in UK.

Bottom Line:   
Superb product but expensive for infrequent use. I take mine everywhere and therefore it represents excellent value to me. Very waterproof and hard wearing.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Similar products from Lowepro Safari Etc

Type of photography:   People



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