I am about to order the Epson 2200 printer. I have no experience with photo editing/printing. At this time, I will primarily be printing (i) non-archival type of prints for family/casual use; and (ii) larger prints for framing. Photos will be mostly portraits and landscapes. So I think I would want (i) a less expensive paper for printing photos for "casual" use; and (ii) a high quality paper for photos that may be framed. I realize that a lot of this is personal preferrence, based on experience. But since I have no experience, I need help in just getting started. Your thoughts and recommendations will be appreciated.
Since I own the 2200's predecessor, the 2000P, I can't comment directly, but you might like to try the Archival Matte paper if you intend to mount prints under glass: to my eyes, at least, the results are more pleasing than from any of the glossy papers.
I agree with Alan on this... I really like th Archival Matte especially for B&W prints on my Epson 2100 (2200 in US market). Other than that, I use the Epson Premium Semi-Gloss Photo Paper for my other prints. I seem to prefer it to the Premium Glossy Photo Paper.
I've not tried the archival matte yet, but have obtained great results with the semi-gloss. Stay away from Konica glossy paper - the results look like metallic layers. Ilford smooth also looks pretty nice, but by far, the best results have been with the semi-gloss. I will try some of the archival matte, though. By the way, I have the 2200.
Buy extra light magenta ink - it goes through that color about 3 times faster than any of the others.
A BAD DAY BEHIND A NIKON (OR NIKON-HYBRID DSLR) BEATS A GOOD DAY BEHIND A DESK - Bob Tomerlin
Thanks for your replies. I have been frustrated trying to use the Epson website for this information. The website does not list the papers compatible with each printer. Rather, one must scroll through all the papers and click on each one to see which printers are compatible. The website is also not up to date. For example, it does not list the 2200 as being compatible with semigloss paper. Also, it indicates some sizes of certain paper types are compatible, but other sizes are not compatible. This a.m. I called Epson, and the rep confirmed that the website is not up to date. So beware of relying on the website. The rep said he would email me a list of papers compatible with the 2200. But, thanks in part to your help, i was able to place my order for the initial paper stock. Thanks for your help.