Billingham Packington Soft Case

Billingham Packington Soft Case 

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 13, 2020]
Billinghamer


Strength:

I am therefore a modern owner having just bought it new from Billingham UK before it was discountinued last December (2020). The reason I knew it was going to be discontinued is that it one of the oldest models and doesnt move much. Modern users will prefer a smaller bag. Professionals want a wider one. However as for me, being a casual traveler, having owned anything from the 550, Eventer, all models down to the Stowaway Compact, I am pleased to own the Packington to add to my L2s, those with brass feet and quick release opening (unlike the ones like 225 where you have to open the handle straps. The Packington is a steal as it was priced very low compared to the new models like Hadley One. I have used it with un-gripped full frame cameras like Sony A7 series and also dslr like Nikon's. With it holding a 24-70 and another camera, it really is a very very great model to have in your Billingham portfolio. There isnt a video review of the Packington to start off with. I really like the extra side pockets without having to buy Aveas. I also like the zipper which is important in travel. Also the included shoulder pad is shorter and lighter than SP20 or 40. No problem it being shorter. If fact, I prefer the SP20 design compared to the SP40. The rubber is grippier and of course lighter. The brass feet... yeah thats the icing on the cake. When you travel, you put the bag down a lot and with the feet, you are rest assure its going to not tumble and not get dirty! Absolutely like it in black and tan!

Weakness:

It cant hold a gripped full-frame. The 1DXIII or Nikon D6 is out. So is any Sony FF gripped cameras. Cant put the 70-200 attached facing down. I would use a 445 or Hadley Large Pro for those occasions. No one bag is perfect. If it is, it will be too heavy and large for small set-ups. But the Packington is my preferred travel camera bag most of the time. Its a buy, even if you will to order it custom built from UK now.

Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2019
OVERALL
RATING
5
[Oct 13, 2020]
Billinghamer


Strength:

I am therefore a modern owner having just bought it new from Billingham UK before it was discountinued last December (2020). The reason I knew it was going to be discontinued is that it one of the oldest models and doesnt move much. Modern users will prefer a smaller bag. Professionals want a wider one. However as for me, being a casual traveler, having owned anything from the 550, Eventer, all models down to the Stowaway Compact, I am pleased to own the Packington to add to my L2s, those with brass feet and quick release opening (unlike the ones like 225 where you have to open the handle straps. The Packington is a steal as it was priced very low compared to the new models like Hadley One. I have used it with un-gripped full frame cameras like Sony A7 series and also dslr like Nikon's. With it holding a 24-70 and another camera, it really is a very very great model to have in your Billingham portfolio. There isnt a video review of the Packington to start off with. I really like the extra side pockets without having to buy Aveas. I also like the zipper which is important in travel. Also the included shoulder pad is shorter and lighter than SP20 or 40. No problem it being shorter. If fact, I prefer the SP20 design compared to the SP40. The rubber is grippier and of course lighter. The brass feet... yeah thats the icing on the cake. When you travel, you put the bag down a lot and with the feet, you are rest assure its going to not tumble and not get dirty! Absolutely like it in black and tan!

Weakness:

It cant hold a gripped full-frame. The 1DXIII or Nikon D6 is out. So is any Sony FF gripped cameras. Cant put the 70-200 attached facing down. I would use a 445 or Hadley Large Pro for those occasions. No one bag is perfect. If it is, it will be too heavy and large for small set-ups. But the Packington is my preferred travel camera bag most of the time. Its a buy, even if you will to order it custom built from UK now.

Price Paid:
250
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2019
OVERALL
RATING
5
[Oct 19, 2001]
Tony Armstrong
Intermediate

Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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.

Customer Service

Excelent, ordered online and had delivery within UK in 2 days, enquiries regarding cleaning and accesories answered promptly by e-mail.

Similar Products Used:

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

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 09, 2001]
Andy C. Highfield
Professional

Strength:

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

Weakness:

None

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...

Customer Service

Never needed it in 16 years of using Billingham products

Similar Products Used:

Too many to mention!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 19, 2001]
William Wong
Intermediate

Strength:

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

Weakness:

None

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.

Customer Service

Not needed.

Similar Products Used:

Rowi, Donke and other Billingham (Hadley)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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