A bag for an M1 mk2 and 12-100f4 - Hadley? Lowepro?

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I'd like a shoulder bag of this type to carry this body/lens combination and one other prime lens, spare battery, and a few filters with a holder. Maybe a spare pocket or two for odds and ends.
I quite like the Billingham style of bag although I'm not fixed on that. I've also used Lowepro for many years which are arguably better value and just as protective of the contents.

Does anyone have any pearls of wisdom to share?

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Secondhand (or closeout) Billingham f-stop 1.4. Will take an EM1MK2, grip, 12-100 - plus a pro prime and flash/bits. It's a shame that the f-stop is discontinued because the Olympus body fits sideways, which it won't in the Hadleys including the pro (which is something ridiculous like 4 inches wide). I'll post a picture shortly.

Height is 'just right' :

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EM1 Mk2, 7-14 f2.8, meter, Minolta table tripod (it is this that is causing the bulge), cable release, small Godox flash.

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EM1 Mk2, battery grip, 100-400mm.

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My body is reaping the consequences of decades of abuse. Fully loaded is on the limit of what I would be prepared to carry on a shoulder or across my body. I'd use my backpack instead for any more than a body and a couple of lenses.
 
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I use a Wotancraft Trooper medium. EM1ii & 12/100 or 17 1.2 attached leaves room for 40–50 2.8 & 60 macro. Very well made bag & weatherproof.
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First understand, I'm cheap, and like small bags. I love this Tamarac Tradewind 3.6 bag for that combination. I got the bag on a daily deal for $16.99. It fits my M1 and 12-100 (hood reversed), two batteries, P15mm, flash (the small one that came with the camera) perfectly. That is my standard carry bag. With the setup mentioned there is some empty space for more batteries or another small prime.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1277418-REG/tamrac_t1405_1919_tradewind_shoulder_bag_3_6.html

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I'd like a shoulder bag of this type to carry this body/lens combination and one other prime lens, spare battery, and a few filters with a holder. Maybe a spare pocket or two for odds and ends.

Take a look at Tenba DNA 10 messenger bag ($75). Very clever design with top opening for quick access. They have several versions, the 8 might be too tight for you, the 10 a sweet spot, the 11 is thicker (more suitable for DSLR or FF mirrorless).
 

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Thanks all for taking the time to reply with photos, exactly what I needed to see and read 👍
 
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I use a Wotancraft Trooper medium. EM1ii & 12/100 or 17 1.2 attached leaves room for 40–50 2.8 & 60 macro. Very well made bag & weatherproof. View attachment 878071
Nice bag, how long have you used it?
How have the leather cinch straps lasted, do they get loose over time, and the leather trim, has it resisted cracking?

I have only ever purchased one bag with leather bits and the leather only lasted a few years

I have looked at this brand bags and packs a few times now, really like the look of them especially their really expensive packs with all the leather
 

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Tenba DNA
Best bags eva.
Choose your size. Bigger is better because you can carry your lunch and drink too. No one wants to be hungry and thirsty on the go eh. My personal pick is the 13. I have the 8, as well.
 

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Like Todd, I am cheap when it comes to bags. I tend to get a bag that works well, holds a body or two, and a few lenses with one of them being the 40-150 2.8. I generally buy LowePro and they work okay. I am along the sidelines in football and baseball and would never dare set down a bag like the Billingham which screams expensive contents. In addition, my wife and I travel quite a bit internationally and I try to keep my equipment low key since I have yet found that an expensive bag improves my images. In fact, I generally take the most nondescript bag I can find for international travel especially if it involves city travel which seems to be a very useful bag that is more of a sling bag from a retailer that sells mainly to hikers and climbers. I just gave away a bunch of the more expensive bags to a local high school for the journalism students to use them.
I also have an aversion to expensive straps which might look good to a thief. I use op-tech pro loop straps mainly with the shoulder strap part off and use it as a hand strap. I have looked at those very expensive leather straps but many seem uncomfortable and stiff and the worst part, expensive. I might be able to afford them but I don't want to.
 

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I use a Lowepro Nova 140 AW. Bought it in about 2008/9 for my E-510 and kit lenses.

It fits my E-M1 MkII + 12-100, plus flash, batteries, cards, f/1.8 25, comfortably.

I'm sure they will make something similar now.

My advice is to take what you want to fit to a B&M store with a huge selection of bags, and try them for size and fit, both for you gear and yourself.

e.g. here for Nova 140 II

https://www.teds.com.au/lowepro-nova-140-aw-ii-black
 
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Tenba DNA?
I recently got the DNA 10, it's really good. The dna 8 might fit the em1 + 12-100 horizontally. (not sure)

The DNA 10 is a better fit. I used to put the EM1.2 w/12-100 lens down in a DNA 8 and it wasn’t deep enough. Could fit sideways but then no room for a 17 f1.2 Pro. DNA 8 OK for camera with 12-40. I thought DNA 11 was too big.
 
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BTW, I recommend the OpTech S.O.S strap to replace the stock shoulder strap. Makes carrying a messenger bag so much more comfortable. I use one for my EDC work bag, and it makes the load feel almost weightless. Long enough for cross-body wear for me (I’m short).
 

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This is a Billingham Hadley Small Pro. Used very little & still in new condition. Non smoker, no pets. I don't know if I can post a price here. PM me if interested,
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, so just send me a PM if interested
 

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Domke F-803. Classic satchel and it looks more generic than a Hadley if you want something a bit more discreet.

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Nice bag, how long have you used it?
How have the leather cinch straps lasted, do they get loose over time, and the leather trim, has it resisted cracking?

I have only ever purchased one bag with leather bits and the leather only lasted a few years

I have looked at this brand bags and packs a few times now, really like the look of them especially their really expensive packs with all the leather
I’ve had the Trooper for about 2 years. The leather is good quality & thick -a bit stiff when new but soon becomes supple with use. I feed it with leather balsam every few months. The closure straps are as good as new, no stretching or wear.
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I use a Billingham Hadley Small and it fits this normally:

- EM1.3, either naked or with 20mm f1.7 fitted
- 12-100
- 8-18
- 8mm f1.8
- 2 batteries
- FLM03 flash
- Remote control lead
- Small flashlight
- Two ND fillers

It’s a tight squeeze, but it all fits. I sometimes take the 40-150 instead of the 12-100 and replace the 8mm with the 12-40.
 

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I use a Domke F-9 for my E-M1.2 + Oly 12-100 Pro and one or two other lenses (75-300 or PL8-18 or 2 smaller lenses). I really like the large front zippered pocket, great for a filter pack, battery, and more. Not sure way, but these are much cheaper at B&H than anywhere else ($80 vs $116 on Amazon). If you want something just a little bigger you could go for the Domke F-10 for about $100 and it's available in more colors currently.
 
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