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This is just a FYI post for any Billingham lovers. I like Billingham a lot. I have a Hadley Pro, and love it. However, its tight when carrying my M and M246 and lenses (normally, a lens on each body and 2 additional). I picked up the F1.4 and it was better. However, I had trouble getting 2 lenses side by side in the middle with each lens in a foam case. It was also difficult to put the camera body in the F1.4 with a larger lens like the Nocti with the other gear. I the saw the S4 and picked that up. I had to order it direct from Billingham direct since it I couldn't find it the US. Turns out, its a fantastic bag for 2 bodies with lenses and 2-3 other lenses. As you can see in the photo, its wider at the bottom so I can fit everything I need to in the bag and its not much bigger that the F1.4. I ended up selling the 1.4....
So, as you do, I was still on the quest for a perfect day bag for my 2 cameras: The Q and and M7. I have neoprene protectors, but was only taking one or the other out with me at a time and sometimes I still wanted something to put them into (one or both) when not shooting. I want to take both, but am very fussy about the amount I carry. Confused, yup! I had the Domke F803 but found the lack of padding and the width of the inserts all wrong for the Q and also got sick of adjusting the strap and the bag just generally getting in the way. I couldn't see a review for this one on the forum when I came across it, so here is the bag: http://www.artisan-n-artist.com/product_detail.php?id=271 This bag doesn't seem to have made much of an impact as I couldn't find any reviews or references to it but I think it has really slipped through the cracks of perfect bags for camera weight weenies. I didn't want to pay the new price ($240, I'm also a tightwad)) and found only one on that auction site for sale anywhere and at a very reasonable price. Adjustable shoulder strap (like the AnA one I have on the Q but wider and more robust) and just the perfect size, great padding and quite unobtrusive. Also it's left/right adjustable so you can have the bag on one side out of the way and the camera on the other and still room for another camera, lens, tablet, filters and spare batteries. If you have small lenses and want to travel light for the day and compact I think this is perfect! (nb. I have no affiliation with Artisan and Artist, but defo would if they gave me free stuff to review ) I think I've finally found the perfect day bag. I shall now have a day of rest.
I have recently acquired a new Leica Q (with a B+W UV filter). I wanted to share with you the list of accessories that I have purchased, after careful evaluation of my needs and what is available. I am curious as to what everybody else is thinking and using! 1. Bag: I was looking for a small bag to carry my A around, with an adventurer look. I therefore got the Billingham 72 camera bag: https://billingham.co.uk/collections/camera-bags/products/72?variant=9459276054571 2. Strap: I actually most of the time carry my camera in hand so I wanted a robust wrist strap. I got this beautiful leather strap from Hardgraft: https://www.hardgraft.com/products/slide-classic 3. Hood hat/Lens cover: I am not a big fan of the hood hat that comes with the Leica. I went for the OpTech Mini: https://optechusa.com/hood-hat.html 4. Battery: for my extra battery, I went with the Sigma BP-51 5. Battery charger: I was looking for a smaller charger that could charge with USB. I pre-ordered the Nitecore NITULQ: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nitecore-nitulq-Charger-Display-Leica/dp/B0772KJ35V 6. SD card: I finally I went with the Sandisk Extreme Pro 128Go UHS-I U3. I hope this is somewhat useful! Ben