I can sympathise with Jeff’s frustration at not being able to get frames for paper sizes from the ISO standard but I think he has it wrong when he suggests that Epson needs to step up and produce US paper sizes. There is a followup, from Scott Kelby’s blog that explains Epson’s position further.
With most of the world actively using ISO paper sizes, it would be far easier for framer producers to recognise that they should start producing frames that support internationally recognised standards, rather than trying to maintain antiquated North American paper sizes. This is just inefficient for international producers, and I’m sure they would love the US and Canada to adopt international standard paper sizes, so that they don’t have to keep producing paper for the North American market. If North Americans want to keep using different paper from the rest of the world, then surely their internal market would pick up on the opportunity?
I have my own personal beef about dealing with material sent out by professional organisations that are based in North America, in that the material does not sit nicely with the rest of our ISO standard pages that we use. The sooner North America looks to change and work with the rest of the world, the better off we will all be.
I haven’t actually printed many of my own photos recently, and it is something I’ll be getting onto soon, but we’ve always had the reverse curse – all our paper is ISO, but frames and software always talks about inches such as 4×5, 4×6, 5×7 etc. This can only be resolved suitably in the long term with decent international standards, of course, this is going to mean a few bumps along the way for all photographers – no matter whether we stand on the metric or imperial side of the line.