At Henry’s, we believe in the power of expertise. Our retail store staff, known as Henry’s Creators, are the heartbeat of our community. They live and breathe photography, videography, and all things imaging, sharing their knowledge and passion with our customers day in and day out.
For this holiday season, we’ve turned to our in-house experts to curate a list of their favorite items—those they wish for and the gear they simply can’t imagine their creative journeys without. In Henry’s Creators Holiday Staff Picks for 2023, you’ll discover the best-in-class products they’ve chosen, each infused with their deep insights and unwavering enthusiasm for the craft.
From the latest tech innovations to the timeless essentials, our Henry’s Creators’ recommendations reflect a diverse array of preferences and perspectives. Get ready to explore a holiday wishlist that’s been curated by the very individuals who inspire, guide, and fuel your creative endeavours throughout the year. It’s time to uncover the selection our experts have chosen, just for you.
Bryan Weiss | Henry’s Newmarket
Areas of Expertise: Event photography, Landscape photography, Macro photography, Sports photography, Wildlife photography, Light painting
Working from our Newmarket, Ontario Store, Bryan Weiss is a photography connoisseur with an insatiable passion for the art of image capture. With a diverse skill set, he gracefully maneuvers through a variety of photography genres, consistently delivering moments of awe and inspiration.
Bryan’s Wish List: Bryan’s wishes are adorned with the Manfrotto 190XPRO with MXPRO Ball Head and the Nikon Z8 camera. These selections are a testament to his commitment to precision and excellence. The Manfrotto tripod brings stability and versatility to his shots, while the Nikon Z8 unleashes boundless creative potential.
Bryan’s Must-Haves: When it comes to essentials, Bryan puts forward the SanDisk SDXC 128GB card, offering ample storage for his photographic adventures. Additionally, he cherishes the LensPen Sensor Klear Kit, ensuring that his camera’s sensor remains spotless, enabling him to capture flawless images at any moment.
Bryan Weiss, a virtuoso in every sense, exemplifies the multifaceted world of photography. His gear selections mirror his dedication to artistic expression and his pursuit of perfection in every shot. With the Manfrotto tripod, Nikon Z8 camera, SanDisk SDXC card, and LensPen Sensor Klear Kit, Bryan’s kit is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the art of photography.
Jairaj Singh | Henry’s Winnepeg
Areas of Expertise: Portrait Photography, Travel Photography, Street Photography
A part of our Winnipeg, Manitoba Henry’s Location resides a true visionary of the photography world—Jairaj Singh. Hailing from Henry’s Winnipeg, Jairaj has a knack for selecting gear that transcends expectations.
Jairaj’s Wish List: If he could make a wish, Jairaj would opt for the Canon R6 MKII Body. This powerhouse of a camera promises an exceptional photography experience, boasting impressive features that cater to both photography and videography enthusiasts. But the wish list doesn’t stop there. Jairaj also has his eyes set on the Sony Tough SF-G128T SD Card, a robust and high-capacity storage solution for seamless shooting.
Why Jairaj chose the Canon R6 MKII Body
“I want this camera because of it’s impressive image quality in low light and for it’s in-body image stabilization”.
Why the Sony Tough SF-G128T SD Card?
Powerful and a fast sd card, so that I don’t have to change sd cards again and again. At the same time, getting the pictures transferred super quick.
Jairaj’s Must-Haves: When it comes to must-have gear, Jairaj knows precisely what’s essential. He values the Canon EF-R Adapter, a bridge that allows the compatibility of Canon EF lenses with Canon RF-mount cameras, offering unparalleled flexibility and a broader selection of lenses. For his creative pursuits, Jairaj insists on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Canon lens, a versatile prime lens known for its outstanding optical quality and the ability to produce stunning bokeh.
In Henry’s Winnipeg, Jairaj Singh stands as a beacon of photographic knowledge and enthusiasm. His selections reveal his dedication to the craft and his desire to elevate the photography experience for himself and others. With the Canon R6 MKII Body, Sony Tough SD card, Canon EF-R Adapter, and Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens, Jairaj’s kit is a testament to his commitment to excellence in photography.
Anthony Jackson | Henry’s HQ
Areas of Expertise: Architectural photography, Astrophotography, Documentary photography, Event photography, Family photography, Fashion photography, Fine art photography, Food photography, Landscape photography, Macro photography, Portrait photography, Real, Estate photography, Sports photography, Street photography, Travel photography, Wildlife photography, Documentary filmmaking, Event videography, Experimental films. Feature films. Interactive films. Music video, Short films
Coming from the heart of Henry’s Corporate, Anthony Jackson stands as a visionary in the world of imaging. With an unwavering commitment to quality and creativity, he’s set his sights on gear that elevates the art of photography and videography.
Anthony’s Wish List: Anthony’s wish list brims with innovation. He’s eyeing the Panasonic 16-35 F4 and the Panasonic 24-105 F4 lenses, offering remarkable flexibility for different photographic scenarios. These lenses empower him to capture stunning landscapes and dynamic scenes. In addition, he’s setting his sights on the Rode Wireless Pro, a powerful audio solution that complements his visual storytelling.
Why Anthony chose the Panasonic 16-35 F4
“Versatility is key when you show up to a shoot not knowing what might happen. Very trendy to show your zooms within the videos, thinking of every scene in “The Office”.
Why the Rode Wireless Pro?
“32 bit float is the best way to make sure your audio is the right volume. With this, you never have to worry about your audio being too hot or too cool. 32 bit float is essentially like a RAW photo… as long as you are close… you likely have it”.
Anthony’s Must-Haves: When it comes to must-have items, Anthony relies on gear that ensures top-notch audio and lighting quality. The Joby Wavo Air microphone takes his audio recordings to the next level, while the Aputure MC and Godox TL60 lights provide impeccable illumination for his projects, creating the ideal visual atmosphere for his creative endeavours.
Anthony Jackson, representing Henry’s Corporate, is a connoisseur of photography and videography equipment, with an unyielding commitment to quality. With the Panasonic lenses, Rode Wireless Pro, Joby Wavo Air microphone, Aputure MC, and Godox TL60 lights, Anthony’s kit is a reflection of his dedication to crafting compelling visual and auditory narratives.
Aly Yim | Henry’s Vancouver
Areas of Expertise: Event photography, Portrait photography, Street photography
Hailing from Henry’s Vancouver, Aly Yim is a visionary in the world of imaging, driven by a relentless pursuit of perfection in every frame. Her gear selections are a testament to her unwavering commitment to crafting compelling visuals.
Aly’s Wish List: Aly’s wish list is marked by a desire for excellence. Her top picks include the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, offering remarkable telephoto capabilities and a wide aperture, and the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 lens, providing the ideal range for landscape and architectural photography. She’s also considering the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, a powerful option for capturing distant subjects.
“I can’t decide – Please can I have both!”
Aly’s Must-Haves: When it comes to must-have gear, Aly relies on the Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, a versatile workhorse that covers a wide range of focal lengths and provides exceptional image quality. To ensure comfort and control during her photographic journeys, she never leaves home without her Peak Design Clutch Strap, an essential accessory for securing her camera securely.
Aly Yim, representing Henry’s Vancouver, is a visionary with a dedication to creating captivating imagery. Her selections of Canon RF lenses and the Peak Design Clutch Strap reflect her unwavering commitment to achieving excellence in every shot.
Mathew Karikas | Henry’s Ottawa
Areas of Expertise: Architectural Photography, Astrophotography, Documentary, Event Photography, Landscape Photography, Portrait Photography, Sports Photography, Street Photography, Travel Photography, Documentary Videography, Event Videography, Experimental Videography, Feature Films, Music Videos, Short Films, Podcasting, Technology Content, Vlogging, YouTuber
From the heart of Henry’s Ottawa, Mathew Karikas is a true visionary in the world of imaging, with an insatiable passion for both digital and film photography. His gear selections reflect his dedication to capturing extraordinary moments.
Mathew’s Wish List: At the top of Mathew’s wish list is the Sony A7S III, a powerful mirrorless camera known for its exceptional low-light performance and video capabilities. He’s also set his sights on the Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 lens, which offers incredible reach for capturing distant subjects, making it a favorite for wildlife and sports photography.
Mathew’s Must-Haves: In the realm of film photography, Mathew’s go-to is the Portra 400 film. Known for its versatility and stunning colour rendition, it’s a choice that consistently delivers exceptional results. In the digital realm, he relies on the Sony 24-70 GM II f/2.8 lens, an essential workhorse for a wide range of photographic scenarios, from portraits to landscapes.
Mathew Karikas, representing Henry’s Ottawa, is a visionary with an unwavering commitment to crafting extraordinary visual narratives. His selections, spanning both digital and film photography, mirror his dedication to capturing moments with unparalleled precision and artistry.
Charles Beerling | Henry’s Vancouver
Areas of Expertise: 35mm and film development, Documentary photography, Event Portrait, Travel Documentary filmmaking, Event Music video, Short films, Video editing for podcasts and reels
Hailing from Henry’s Vancouver, Charles Beerling is a visionary in the world of imaging, known for his relentless pursuit of excellence in photography and videography. His gear selections embody his commitment to creating extraordinary visuals.
Charles’s Wish List: Charles’s wish list comprises cutting-edge gear that reflects his pursuit of perfection. At the top of his list is the Sony FX6, a versatile cinema camera renowned for its exceptional video capabilities. Complementing this choice is an Atomos Ninja Monitor, a dynamic tool that elevates the monitoring and recording of video content to new heights.
Why Charles chose the Sony FX6
“I work as a video editor and having a cine-level camera to capture high quality footage would be a key piece of gear to have“
Why the Atomos Ninja Monitor?
“A top-quality monitor for shooting video is an important accessory to have“
Charles’s Must-Haves: Charles understands the significance of creative lighting, and his must-have is the Godox M1, a versatile and portable creative light that provides endless possibilities for illumination. To carry his gear and maintain flexibility on the go, he relies on the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L, an essential companion for photographers and videographers.
Charles Beerling, representing Henry’s Vancouver, is a visionary dedicated to the art of visual storytelling. His selection of the Sony FX6, Atomos Ninja 7″, Godox M1, and Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L showcases his commitment to pushing the boundaries of creativity in photography and videography.
Austin Startup | Henry’s HQ
Areas of Expertise: Landscape photography, Travel photography, Wildlife photography
As a key member of the Henry’s HQ team, Austin Startup stands as a visionary in the world of imaging, driven by innovation and a commitment to excellence. His gear selections are a testament to his dedication to capturing extraordinary moments.
Austin’s Wish List: At the top of Austin’s wish list is the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8S lens, renowned for its exceptional wide-angle capabilities and low-light performance. He’s also set his sights on the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8S, an ideal prime lens for capturing stunning images in low light and achieving breathtaking depth of field.
Why the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8S lens?
“When getting out to do landscape photography, I often come to the end of my hike to these HUGE vistas. Try as I might, I often can’t fit all of that beautiful view into my frame. Having a 14-24mm lens would allow me to get as much of a great landscape as possible to fit in one shot, while also giving me the freedom of a bit of zoom for anything else I might come across“
Austin’s Must-Haves: Recognizing the importance of controlling light, Austin relies on the Cameron Pro MC Variable ND Filter, a crucial accessory for adjusting exposure and achieving creative effects in various lighting conditions.
Austin Startup, a vital member of the Henry’s HQ team, is a visionary with an unwavering commitment to crafting exceptional visual narratives. His selection of NIKKOR Z lenses and the Cameron Pro MC Variable ND Filter reflects his dedication to capturing moments with precision and creativity.
Justin Clark | Henry’s Halifax
Areas of Expertise: Product Photography, Wildlife Photography, Portrait Photography, Astrophotography, Product Videography, Event videography, Brand CommercialsProduct Advertising on Social Media
Coming from Henry’s Halifax, Justin Clark stands as a true visionary in the world of imaging. With an unwavering commitment to storytelling and creating captivating visuals, he’s handpicked gear that pushes the boundaries of creativity.
Justin’s Wish List: Justin’s wish list is a testament to his thirst for innovation. At the top of his list is the Laowa Probe 2 Lens, a uniquely designed lens that unlocks unprecedented perspectives, making it a game-changer for close-up and macro shots. Additionally, he’s set his sights on the Godox TL60 2 Light Kit, which offers versatile lighting options for various photographic scenarios.
Why Justin chose the Laowa Probe 2 Lens
“I shoot a lot of product videography, and this lens is a perfect addition. As well, I love to shoot bugs around the garden and this would make it a bit more fun!’ shoot a lot of product videography, and this lens is a perfect addition. As well, I love to shoot bugs around the garden and this would make it a bit more fun!“
Justin’s Must-Haves: For Justin, creating impeccable lighting is a must. The Godox VL150 is an essential component of his kit, delivering consistent and powerful illumination. To keep his lenses in pristine condition, he swears by the Cameron Lens Cleaning Kit, ensuring his equipment is always ready for top-notch performance.
Why the The Godox VL150?
“I mainly shoot product videography and this is my main light. Great power and being bi-colour it is just my go to studio light!“
Justin Clark, representing Henry’s Halifax, is a visionary with an unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of photography and videography. With the Laowa Probe 2 Lens, Godox TL60 2 Light Kit, Godox VL150, and the Cameron Lens Cleaning Kit, Justin’s kit is a testament to his dedication to delivering unparalleled visual narratives.
Aurora Robinson | Henry’s Newmarket
Areas of Expertise: Portrait Photography, Interior Photography, Film Photography, Event Photography, some experience with interior videography, podcasting- Expressions The Podcast
From the heart of Henry’s Newmarket, Aurora Robinson is a true visionary in the world of imaging. Her gear selections reflect her dedication to capturing extraordinary moments and crafting stunning visuals.
Aurora’s Wish List: Aurora’s wish list is centred around gear that enhances her creative capabilities. She desires the Nikor Z 24-70 2.8 lens, a versatile workhorse known for its superb optical quality and flexibility. Additionally, she’s set her sights on the Godox QS400 Kit, a dynamic lighting solution for achieving professional lighting setups.
Aurora Robinson, representing Henry’s Newmarket, is a visionary with an unwavering commitment to crafting extraordinary visual narratives. Her gear selections mirror her dedication to capturing moments with precision and artistry. While her wish list is an ode to her creative ambitions, her vision continues to drive her photography forward.
Rob Wilson | Henry’s Ottawa
Areas of Expertise: Documentary Photogrpahy, Fine Art Photography
Coming from Henry’s Ottawa, Rob Wilson is a visionary in the world of imaging, known for his unwavering pursuit of excellence in photography and videography. His gear selections reflect his dedication to capturing moments with exceptional precision and artistry.
Rob’s Wish List: Rob’s wish list is a testament to his quest for excellence. He covets the SONY 24-70 GM II f/2.8 lens, a versatile workhorse renowned for its optical prowess. His desire for the SONY 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 lens reflects his aspiration to capture distant subjects with unmatched clarity.
Rob’s Must-Haves: To create images with breathtaking depth of field, Rob relies on the Sony 50mm f/1.2 GM lens, a masterpiece of optical engineering. His essential companion for his photographic journeys is the Sony A7R V, a high-resolution powerhouse that delivers unmatched image quality.
Rob Wilson, representing Henry’s Ottawa, is a visionary dedicated to the art of visual storytelling. His selection of SONY lenses and the Sony A7R V reflects his commitment to pushing the boundaries of creativity in photography and videography, all while capturing moments with unparalleled precision.
Tiffany Lefebvre | Henry’s Hamilton
Areas of expertise: Event photography, Family photography, Wedding Photography
Hailing from Henry’s Hamilton, Tiffany Lefebvre is a visionary in the world of imaging, known for her unwavering dedication to crafting stunning visual narratives. Her gear selections reflect her commitment to capturing moments with style and precision.
Tiffany’s Wish List: Tiffany’s wish list centers around a desire for exceptional glass. She’s set her sights on the Nikon Z 35mm 1.8 lens, renowned for its remarkable image quality and versatility, making it a favorite among photographers who appreciate the beauty of prime lenses.
Tiffany’s Must-Haves: For her essential gear, Tiffany turns to the Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L Sage, a versatile and spacious backpack designed for both convenience and style. Complementing her wish list choice, she values the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Nikon lens for its creative capabilities and the ability to capture stunning images with beautiful bokeh.
Tiffany Lefebvre, representing Henry’s Hamilton, is a visionary with an unwavering commitment to the art of visual storytelling. Her selections of Nikon and Sigma lenses, alongside the Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L Sage, reflect her dedication to capturing moments with style and precision.
Our Henry’s Creators are not just experts; they are artists with an abundance of experience and enthusiasm. They are not only delighted to share their knowledge but are also passionate about assisting you in finding the perfect gear this holiday season, whether for yourself or your loved ones.
Visit our Henry’s locations across Canada to meet these visionaries and experience their extraordinary expertise. Let them inspire your creative journey and guide you toward the ideal equipment, ensuring your holiday season is filled with photography and videography excellence.