Gillis London Full Frame Shoulder Bag Review

We take a look at the Gillis London full frame shoulder bag - a luxury offering designed to fit full frame cameras.

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Quick Verdict

The Gillis London Full Frame shoulder bag offers full-frame mirrorless users a bespoke product designed especially for their kit. If you want to house your kit in something unique, stylish and ethically responsible, then this is the bag for you. With ease of access and supple leather construction, the bag will really make you feel special. If you're going trekking up a mountain, it's not going to be the bag for you but if you want a classic satchel bag which will keep your kit safe and keeping you on trend, here's your answer. It's not cheap but the care and detailed construction will make it worth the money for some.

+ Pros

  • Really well made
  • Environmentally thoughtful manufacture
  • Stylish
  • Quickly access your kit

- Cons

  • Expensive 
  • Quite bulky



Gillis London are bespoke makers of several types of bags including Trafalgar cameras bags. Recently they introduced another camera bag - the Full Frame Shoulder camera bag, designed especially to hold full frame mirrorless camera kit. Made from only the finest materials and offering a true luxury feel, the bag is available in black and brown and costing £325. Here, we take a look to see how it performs. 

Gillis London Full Frame Shoulder Bag Features

The Gillis London Full Frame shoulder camera bag is made from REACH compliant leather, ensuring that no harmful chemicals are used. The hardware (strap connectors, metal logos etc) are guaranteed to be nickel free, lead-free, cobalt free and radioactive-free. The inner lining of the bag and the camera dividers are made from 100% cotton - Gillis are a very ethical brand that insist on using only the finest materials. 


The bag is quite wide, allowing for the safe storage of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Here Gillis have found a niche in the market, as there aren't many bags out there catering especially for this type of camera. 

The bag has a magnetic-closure flap featuring a large Gillis London logo on the front in smart looking brass. On the back is a slim zipped pocket the length of the bag with a chunky zip - ideal for a small pad, notebook or personal documents. There are no other external pockets - Gillis have a very simple, classy style going on with this bag. 


Open up the magnetic closure flap and the interior offers two slip pockets, front and back. In the middle of these is the camera tray, offering a padded enclosure for your camera which can be fully removed by simply lifting it out of the bag. This allows you to use the bag for other pursuits and still keep your kit neatly and safely stowed away.

There is also a slim zipped pocket on the front for personal accessories. The shoulder strap is length adjustable with a buckle, and features a slim shoulder pad. 

Inside the tray there are two dividers which can be adjusted with velcro fixings, and a cushion to support the camera lens when it's attached to the camera. There are also two other smaller dividers, but these don't feature velcro. 


Key Features

  • Reach compliant leather exterior
  • 100% cotton interior lining 
  • Holds Full frame mirrorless camera with lens fitted and extra lens
  • Removable padded camera tray
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with pad 
  • Two 'ears' either side of the flap to help protect kit from the elements


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UKMike2013 7 20 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2019 10:23AM
It would have been useful to know the weight of the bag - and I'm not certain that the cow involved would support the environmentally sympathetic message. I am not the target market for this one

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30 Apr 2019 11:08AM
I own this bag! I absolutely love it!!! The problem I have with my numerous other camera bags is exactly that they look like camera bags. I travel a lot to places like London, Frankfurt, Bristol etc having a stealth bag is perfect for my street photography. This blends right in looking stylish and like I am just a guy with a bag. The quick access and room enough for a drink etc also add to its appeal as well as its awesome quality. It has to be said it gets 5 stars from me.

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