A Billingham bag has now been acquired to carry the Beastie photo kit when we are out and about. This one is the Billingham Hadley Small, though in truth it is rather big for us as it will easliy carry all our current kit – a Canon 400 D Body, an 18-55mm kit lens a 50mm prime and a Sigma 70-300 zoom. As well as this it will fit an iPad, filters, spare batteries, an iPhone and a back up compact digital camera.
More importantly, it is not too big to be cumbersome and the crossover, messenger style of carrying suits me better than the bag or camera on the shoulder style, as they always slip off my shoulder. The intention moving forward is to go into the Four Thirds style of camera, with a Fuji X-E1 and the retro styling on this traditional looking bag will compliment the old school styling on the Fuji, which is similar in size and looks to the iconic Fuji X100. With a Four Thirds set up this bag will become more of a man bag than ever, with spare room for all the other paraphernalia essential on a day out on the streets.
Anyway we will give the bag a full field test over the weekend, but the real excitement here is that this is step one in a fundamental shift to our approach to photography.