UK camera bag manufacturer Billingham is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and its new 2013 catalogue highlights the development of its products released from 1973 to the present. Billingham was founded in 1973 in the West Midlands, in England, and originally manufactured fishing bags. Billingham only moved into camera bags in the late 1970s, after the company noticed that many photographers were using its fishing bags to carry their cameras around. 

As well as an interesting overview of the company's history, Billingham's 2013 brochure also includes information about and specifications of all current models of bags and optional accessories along with details about the materials and construction methods used in the creation of its premium products..

The iconic 550, introduced in 1983 was the first production camera bag from Billingham.