Billingham & CoBillingham 550 (1973)
Founded in 1973 in the West Midlands, Billingham originally manufactured fishing bags and only moved into camera bags after the company noticed that many photographers were using its fishing bags to carry their cameras around.
In 1983, Billingham made its first production camera bag, the 550, which became an instant cult classic and set the tone and style for all the others. The 550 set new standards for design detail and build quality and it has hardly changed since it was introduced. A nice feature are the two detachable end pockets.
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