Billingham updated their classic 5-series camera bags

Billingham released new 5-series MKII camera bags (225 MKII, 335 MKII, 445 MKII, and 555 MKII). The new models should be soon listed for sale at Amazon, B&H, and Leica Store Maimi.

Additional information (see previous Billingham bags coverage):

Billingham Updates Their Classic 5-Series With the New 225 MKII, 335, MKII, 445 MKII & 555 MKII Camera Bags

Cradley Heath, UK – 8th February 2024: Billingham has announced the launch of updated versions of their classic ‘5-Series’ camera bags. Made in England, these new editions, the 225 MKII, 335 MKII, 445 MKII and 555 MKII are the result of decades of refinement to their proven 5-Series designs.

All the bags announced are large enough to carry the latest full frame and medium format cameras such as the Canon R6 Mk II, Canon R3, Nikon Z9, Nikon Zf, Leica SL2, Sony α9 III, Lumix S5 and Fujifilm GFX 100 or classic cameras such Nikon F3 and Hasselblad 500CM along with a selection of lenses and accessories.

The ‘5-Series MKII’ collection starts with the medium-sized 225 MKII and scales up to the very spacious 555 MKII, Billingham’s biggest camera bag. The larger models in the series being able to hold multiple cameras or longer lenses.

The bags can also store computing devices with the 225 MKII able to hold an 11” iPad, the 335 MKII a 14” MacBook Pro and the 445 MKII and 555 MKII able to fit 16” MacBook Pro.

This range will be available in the following four colour combinations from launch:

  • Khaki Canvas / Tan Leather
  • Sage FibreNyte / Chocolate Leather
  • Black FibreNyte / Black Leather
  • Navy Canvas / Chocolate Leather (335 MKII only)

The MKII bags add luggage trolley straps on the back for convenience while travelling and include their innovative ‘V-Bridge 15’ padded divider to support lenses attached to cameras, in addition to the dividers previously supplied.

Furthermore, the 225 MKII and 335 MKII now feature the same wider shoulder slings and shoulder pads as their bigger siblings, the 445 MKII and 555 MKII, for increased comfort while carrying for extended periods.

The new models retain improvements made to the 5-Series (and its predecessors) over the years such as the unique SuperFlex divider system, two strips of Velcro® on the front and back of the main compartment to more securely attach dividers, the ‘TukTop’ feature to tuck the main zips out of the way during use and a significantly more robust ‘closed-cell’ foam padding.

Like all of Billingham’s current range they’re handcrafted from premium three-layer waterproof fabric with a core ‘StormBlock’ butyl rubber layer, promising a lifetime of water resistance without reproofing.

The attention to durability extends to the finest top-grain, vegetable-tanned leather and solid brass fixings – a testament to Billingham’s steadfast commitment to protect photographic gear with class and reliability.

Director Harry Billingham reflected, “For many years the 225, 335, 445 and 555 have been the backbone of our offering to photographers due to their high capacity and legendary durability. These bags have journeyed around the world, from film sets to the front lines of photojournalism. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary we are proud to update these bags with new features and a ‘MKII’ designation to serve another generation of both cameras and photographers.”

Billingham is a small, family run business that has manufactured camera bags in England since 1973, providing a high level of protection for the equipment of those in the photographic industry for decades. Billingham is renowned for using only the best materials that they have meticulously tried and tested, for their incredible attention to detail and for their bags being waterproof, robust, and yet lightweight.

In common with all Billingham bags, these new MKII models are constructed to meet the demands of professionals and enthusiasts alike. Each bag will have undergone rigorous inspection before leaving Billingham’s factory, earning a unique serial number and a five-year manufacturer’s guarantee.

The new 5-Series MKII models replace the older versions which will cease to be available once they sell out.

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