I use to do the printing at frontier since its price is reasonable. Hearing and reading good recomendation about Epson 2200, really made my curiosity to buy. There are 3 question: 1. Is it friendly with OSX - Jaguar? 2. Is it okay if I only use it like only twice a month ? --sorry if the second question seem silly, but its a good & expensive printer we're talking. I'm not planning to do all my printing there, the paper is still a bit expensive. 3. Is there anything I should know about Epson 2200?
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2. Yes, but you should run a head-check test print when you use the printer after a long stretch. It would be wise to power the printer up every few days to purge the heads and prevent them from potential drying out.
3. The biggest issue in my opinion is the gloss differential for the ink-covered areas on glossy prints. It's really a moot point if your prints are displayed under glass, but it is the most objectionable aspect to the prints for some photographers.
I'm not a big fan of glossy paper surfaces for a number of reasons, and this effect is quite pronounced even on semi-gloss paper. (The pigmented inks appear to reside on the surface, rather than soaking into the paper. Looking at the paper from an angle, you can see the darker areas of the picture as almost a mask on the surface.) I don't feel it's an issue when the photo is viewed head-on. For matte paper fans, there is no such effect, and the matte black ink provides rich dark tones.
The Ultrachrome inks are micro encapsulated in resin besides being pigment-based. The resin seals the ink from oxidiation, but it also has a gloss of its own. The effect is very obvious when you look at photos where the background has been knocked out to white. When I saw my first sample images, one that Epson was providing had a portrait where the background was paper white. The ink-covered areas on luster paper look high gloss, as if they were spot-coated with a gloss varnish (and in a sense, they are). The effect is visible on any of the resin surface papers; luster, semigloss and gloss.
On glossy paper, the ink gloss is close but not quite the same as the paper gloss. The ink doesn't penetrate, so you also get a sheen from the pigment inks if you hold the print at certain angles.
I still use both matte (with matte black) and glossy papers. I would prefer that the resin surface prints had a consistent sheen, but I'm not about to go back to the rapid fading of dye based prints for my photos, and the resin papers present the fasted gas-fading with dye inks.
For what it's worth on point #2: I've had an Epson 2000P (the 2200's predecessor which also uses pigment based inks) for some time now and it has gone unused for periods of around a month on several occasions. I usually need to run the print head cleaning process once or twice when I come to use it again, but I've actually had less in the way of clogging problems with this printer than with my dye-based Epson 750.