Company:Billingham Bags

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FounderMartin Billingham
Cradley Heath
ProductsShoulder bags, rucksacks, protective cases and equipment for cameras, lenses, laptops, tablets and photography accessories.

Billingham Bags (M Billingham & Co Ltd) is a British brand of professional bags and vests for carrying cameras, lenses, laptops and photography accessories. The company's headquarters are in Cradley Heath, England.[1]


Billingham Bags (M Billingham & Co Ltd) was founded in 1973 by Martin Billingham,[2] and is still owned and run by the Billingham family. Originally a manufacturer of fishing bags, in 1978 Billingham discovered that a large number of their bags were being sold to a photographer in New York City .[2][3] Within a year production had switched almost entirely to specialist camera bags. Billingham Bags have worldwide distribution and are still hand made in Cradley Heath, England . Billingham bags are notable for their process of bonding the fabric of the bag to butyl rubber for water resistance. Billingham have had partnerships with well known camera manufacturers Leica and Hasselblad, making custom camera bags for both companies.[4][5] They have also had a number of collaborations with British fashion and design house Pedlars.[2] The company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013.[6]


While Billingham produce rucksacks,[7] vests and laptop/tablet accessories, they are most widely known for their range of shoulder bags which they have been producing for photographers since 1978.[2][8] The bags are well regarded by professional photographers, photojournalists and travel writers due to their traditional construction of canvas and leather, although some also use synthetic materials.[9][10][11][12][13] Users of Billingham bags include television presenters Richard Hammond, who described his as 'a sort of comfort blanket', and Matt James.[14][15]


  1. Anker, Kathrine. "Cool Britannia: Billingham Bags". Professional Photographer. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "An Interview with Harry Billingham". Pedlars. 18 November 2014. 
  3. "Billingham Combination Bag For The Leica M Review". Finding Range. 3 October 2011. 
  4. "Billingham produces exclusive bag for the Hasselblad X1D". ePhotoZine. 22 June 2016. 
  5. "Billingham marks 40 years of history". DPReview. 19 February 2013. 
  6. Westlake, Andy (20 June 2016). "Billingham 25 and 35 rucksacks review". Amateur Photographer. 
  7. Bilton, Nick (2014-03-26). "Picking a Bag for a Camera". Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  8. "Review: Billingham f-stop". 2012-04-02. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  9. Johnston, Mike (11 July 2013). "Billingham 225 review". The Online Photographer. 
  10. Flint, Richard (14 May 2008). "Billingham 445 review". The Richard Flint Photography Blog. 
  11. Ledesma, Jorge (24 September 2013). "Billingham Hadley Small review". Ledesma Photography. 
  12. Kent, Thursten (2 April 2012). "Billingham F-Stop f1.4 review". The Phoblographer. 
  13. Bradley, Elizabeth (8 January 2009). "Richard Hammond's heaven and hell". 
  14. "My life in shopping: Matt James, TV gardener". The Guardian. May 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 

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