Review: Epson DS-5000 Large format Scanner

Article Dedication

in Honor of

Piero Manzoni  &  Edouard Manet


The Epson DS-5000 large format scanner is a very impressive machine. Basically the DS-5000 runs on your standard Epson scanner software, although it has more basic settings and does not do film or slides. It has an office and professional scanning setting.

Ephemera from Girls of the Beat Generation artist’s book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr. that was scanned with the DS-5000 on greyscale and 24 bit color settings.

On the professional setting it offers: 24 bit color, color smoothing, 8 bit greyscale and BW. You can do up to 600 dpi and descreen halftones. It scans up to 11 x 17 inches and the lid telescopes and is removable.

Here is a descreened 1950’s litho calendar girl that was scanned with the DS-5000.

Litho Nudes from the 1950s D.D. Teoli Jr. A.C.

Selection from Litho Nudes from the 1950’s artist’s book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

The scanner is a lot bigger than Epson’s letter size scanners. It is heavy and seems very well built. It has lots of bells and whistles such as customizable scan buttons to allow instant  uploads to email, FTP or cloud.

Epson DS-5000 scanner D.D. Teoli Jr (1)

Epson V600 left ~ Epson DS-5000 right

Epson DS-5000 scanner D.D. Teoli Jr (2)

My use is very straightforward…I scan oversize photos or documents and put them on my computer as TIFF or JPEGS. So I can’t comment on all the rest of the advanced options.

Epson DS-5000 scanner D.D. Teoli Jr (3)

There is a plunger that opens when you lift the lid and it resets the scanner to a ready position. This is something a little different than the small scale Epson scanners.

The Beatniks Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

Scan of 12 x 16 inch print (cropped to fit 11 x 17 scanner bed)

Selection from The Beatniks artist’s book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

The Only drawback I can see for the DS-5000 is the price…$1500.00  I got a deal on one or I could not afford to buy it.  You can sometimes buy them on eBay for about 1/4 to 1/3 of retail, so keep your eyes peeled if you are on a budget. I’d highly recommend this scanner if you need to scan oversize items.