Funny how things turn. I remember the first time I went to Henry's - it would have been April of 2005. Between the outlet store and the main store it was a film photographer's paradise. I phoned my wife back home in Saskatchewan from inside the store and chuckled and she said "You found Henry's, didn't you?"
The outlet store is gone (or moved maybe) and the main store is still fun but the darkroom section is a tiny shadow of what it once was.
B&H is still pretty fun to visit. I've been twice, in 2008 and last June, and it was pretty special. It probably always will be.
Beau Photo is excellent. I haven't been in five years but it was exceptional then.
Incidentally, for those Canadians near the US border who are worried about US shipping to Canada, consider renting a USPS post office box. I recently got one in Raymond, Montana and it has saved a lot of my shipping woes. I drive down about once a month or so to pick up my packages. Raymond is such a small town, the postmaster has no problem with keeping my packages for a few weeks and has promised to email me if I'm overstaying my welcome. :)
I really like Burlington Camera. I have used them for many years.
Too bad I'm at least 5-6 hours from the border, including an expensive ferry ride and dreadful traffic on the lower mainland. I may not be far from the 49th parrallel, but the USA seems a loooong way away.
Originally Posted by PhotoJim
I find that some vendors won't ship to PO addresses. My alternative is a place called Border Shipping Services about 5 km over the US border in North Dakota. He accepts all types of carriers and sizes of packages. I don't know how common such service places are in other jurisdictions, but it might be worth checking out.
Originally Posted by PhotoJim
A bit of a run down of the problems crossing in to the USA & back. Yes we suffer with our art. http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/ID/2411703007/.
They are literally right on my way home from work! Or a quick jaunt out at lunch! I'm going to NYC next week, so I will be doing some C-41 and E-6 4x5 work. I will have to make a run to them when I get back! Filmtastic!! THANK YOU!
Originally Posted by Len Middleton
I have bought gear from Tam and Li Pham at Millenium as they were winding the film volume of this lab down a few years ago. A great pair.
He got lung cancer a number of years mid 90's I think this forced a wind down from running three or four labs to just the one he and his wife run from this store front in the MichaelAngelos Plaza.
His brother ran the ship and contracted the operation while he was recovering, so Tam knows he has the gear, but sometimes doen't know where it is.
I bought my D5XL from him, and a second dichroic head and some accessories were dropped off by Dave White when he was doing a gear pick there some month later. Tam and Li were rearranging a spare bedroom at home and found more omeag enlarger bits. They gave them to me since i had bought the last full Omaga he sold out.
i am sorry for your lame experience with what was probably a great analog photo store ( or is that analogue :) ) ...
i have never been to henry's, only talked to the staff on the phone when a once popular photo equipment mail order
company went belly up and henry's surprisingly acquired all their "stuff" it was mostly lame backdrops it seems.
anyways sorry again for your problems. when i usually speak to phone sales staff who are clueless
i ask for a "supervisor" or "manager on duty" and if they are completely clueless i never call them again.
the last time this happened was after i contacted toyo about a recessed lensboard ... they said it was "dealer only"
and the nearest dealer i knew after they told me the name .. after i telephoned, and the staff had no idea what toyo was
and i asked for the manager, and HE had no idea and didn't even know they were a dealer, i gave up.
kind of funny though the recessed lensboard was hugely overpriced where i bought it, and it would have cost at lest 1.5-2x that amount
if the "dealer" had a clue and didn't blow the order.
nothing like someone clueless on the line ... i feel for you ...
I have to say, FilmPlus is a real gem. Every time I have gone in has been on Saturday, and the woman who works Saturdays is extremely knowledgeable and helpful with analog materials. I find it is the only storefront in downtown Toronto with an interesting selection. Plenty of choice in black & white film, paper, chemicals. I am pleased to be able to buy Diafine off the shelf at FilmPlus.
For colour film and lab work, I generally go to Downtown Camera. The owners seem to have embraced the idea of becoming "the film guys" and the store has a pretty good stock.
Henry's downtown has been pretty abysmal for film and analog for a while; but the newly redecorated store seems to have deleted the darkroom chemicals and paper completely. Henry's outlet moved to Dundas St. in Missisauga, and it's the only Henry's I enjoy going to. There are one or two knowledgeable guys and the film gear often ends up in the clearance bins, so it can be a treasure hunt.
Well, someone is going to be disapointed in Henry's, but it sure wasn't me. Last friday I went in to order my new d****l body. It's still new, and I was expecting a couple of weeks wait for it. Part way through the order process, the salesman says "Would you like to leave the store with one today?" Huh? Sure! How?!
Apparently someone had ordered one from that store but not picked it up in four days, and to meet demand they were going to send it to Toronto to be shipped off to the next in line. However, the salesman would rather save the trouble and sell it from his store - to me. and so I walked out of there happy as a clam with my new toy.
Lesson of the day: if you order a high demand item, pick it up!