Home | Reviews | Camera Cases | Soft Case | Billingham

Billingham Packington Soft Case

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

  • Photography Accessory TypeCarrying Cases and Camera Bags

Product Description

Zippered main compartment. Detachable, padded photo insert. Roomy zippered front pockets. Zippered, external back pocket. Adjustable security waist strap. Rain flap to cover zips with quick release leather tabs.

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony Armstrong a Intermediate from UK

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2001

Strengths:    Adaptability, from a small outfit with travel / business material to a semi pro set up, will swallow it all. Excelent protection and security.

Weaknesses:    Shoulder strap, remains stiff and cuts in under heavy loads even with padded section, light colour can show marks easily. Tends to sit away from body rather than "moulding" around hips.

Bottom Line:   
Purchased (£115) to carry a combination of formats, Bronica ETRSi and Canon EF systems. Easily able to accomodate both.

Bag is very deep, able to stack lenses in included padded case then sit camera body on top. Front pockets swallow everything from 550 flash to stacks of P series filters, can even fit an additional SLR body (EOS50 with grip).

Main compartment large enough to hold EOS5 with vertical grip lens down with easy access, Bronica without grip fits easily in padded compartment.

Great benefit is the fully removable padding. Makes for good travel / documents bag.

Top zipper makes access to edges slightly awkward but is hugely weather resistant and combined with the top flap nothing gets in. Good security as a result.

Very flexible design, moulds well to a variety of objects, although does tend to sit away from the body somewhat.

Padded should strap a bit of a let down, and the additional shoulder harness could do with more padding (but does make carrying for long periods much easier.

Documents pocket on rear great for manuals, book etc.

Softens up with age, getting even more comfortable and indescreet. Initially the Khaki can look overpoweringly orange but it fades to a more subtle hue with time.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $115.00

Purchased At:   on-line from Billing

Similar Products Used:   Domke F3x, F6, Variety of Lowepro including Mini Treker, toploaders, S&F, Krumpler.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William Wong a Intermediate from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2001

Strengths:    Quality, size, design...and the list goes on.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
For what I paid, it included shipping, tripod straps, backpacking harness and the luggage tag. The bag itself comes with the shoulder pad and waist strap. I think it is one of the best designed camera bag ever made with the best material and quality available. It is also a great laptop bag. The Pakington is the ideal bag for business/photography travellers. It carrys my set of G2 with 4lenses, my DC 4800 plus bits and pieces. And guess what, my there is still room for my laptop.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $215.00

Purchased At:   www.robertwhite.co.uk

Similar Products Used:   Rowi, Donke and other Billingham (Hadley)

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy C. Highfield a Professional from Wales, UK

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2001

Strengths:    Slimline
Soft interior
Soft, durable exterior
Grade AAA+++ construction
Surprisingly voluminous

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
With ever stricter airline carry-on regulation, this slimline bag is a welcome addition. The top load format is fast to access, and it it offers absolutely excellent quality protection (oh, yes - it looks great too). This is a really fine product, and easily accommodates (my own travel outfit):

1 X AF Nikkor camera body (it will take an F5)
20-35 2.8
80-200 2.8
70-180 Zoom Micro-Nikkor
SB-27 Speedlight
1.4 and 2 X teleconverter
Filters, spare batteries, map, papers, etc.
Plenty of film
Cell phone and GPS

Not bad for a bag that really is very compact, comfortable and easy to use. With a more compact body (e.g., F70 or F80) you can leave a 80-200 2.8 on in the center compartment for instant access.... very useful. Bottom line: a typical Billingham quality product, and it's soft interior and first-rate construction really inspire confidence. Try it. You'll like it. Time to clear out those other bags that never really made the grade, I think...

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   UK Camera Store

Similar Products Used:   Too many to mention!

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Check out our holiday gift suggestions for these categories!

See All Holiday Gift Guide coverage - Click Here »


PhotographyReview Videos