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EPSON Expression XL & XL Pro - part 1 of 1 2 3

by Mike McNamee Published

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A major part of our feature on reproducing art has been concerned with the performance of the Epson Expression XL. Here Lukman Sinclair and Mike McNamee show the results of their investigations.

General (LS)

A3-sized scanners are quite a rarity but important for many art reproduction tasks. The most common size scanned by GMB is A2 but the A3-size market is quite substantial, many artists finding that A4 is a tad small to work on. The Epson Expression 10000XL comes in two guises, the XL Pro has an additional transparency hood along with its own lamp, optimised for transparency scanning. It is not a new product, originally appearing around 2004 if the footnote on the data sheet is anything to go by.


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 The key parameters are shown in the table below:

  • New MatrixCCD optimised for A3 scanning
  • High bright Xenon lamp for zero standby time
  • Advanced auto-focus system with manual focusing
  • Dedicated ASIC for hardware image processing
  • Optical density of 3.8 Dmax
  • Built-in USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and IEEE1394 (FireWire)
  • Optional 10BaseT/100BaseTX network interface
  • Optional A3 Automatic Document Feeder
  • Features SilverFast® Ai 6 complete with IT8 calibration targets

Optional A3 transparency unit:

  • Features two separate lamps for optimised scanning
  • A3 scanning area takes up to 48x35mm frames
  • Robust 35mm, medium format and 5"x4" film holders

This is not a small scanner (they never are!), weighing 14.5kg and requiring a desk area of 656mm width by 458mm depth. The height is 158mm but requires space to open the lid. The lid is removable for scanning books or very large originals. Connectivity is via Firewire or USB 2. The scan interface is the typical Epson version, which is very easy to use in both normal and professional modes. Set-up was trivially simple and the scanner is also accessible via TWAIN from Photoshop.


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