I have recently acquired a 504 DeVere enlarger from a defunct commercial photo house and plan to put a LED head on it for mono printing. There is a 507 DeVere from the same source that I can have for virtually no money. Both are the floor-standing type. I have a real space problem in fitting both enlargers into my house, and the 507 would have to be disassembled and jammed in a corner of the darkroom as a very tight fit. There is just nowhere else in my small house to put it. Up to now my maximum size negative has been 6x9 but I am likely to try 5x4 in the future. At this stage I do not think I will ever use 5x7 equipment and I likely will never use the 507 enlarger, although who knows where my photography might lead me.
I am trying to decide whether to get the second enlarger simply because I can and to save it from the landfill site. Nobody else seems to want it but me. I hate to see fine equipment like this discarded.
I am not sure what the extra size of the 5x7 might give me that I cannot get from the 5x4. One thing I suppose is the ability to print 6x17. Also large pinhole shots on 5x7 might have an advantage over 5x4.
Can anyone please help me decide whether I should get this 5x7 .... Are there any extra possibilities from 5x7 that 5x4 can't give me ?
Many Thanks ........ freecitizen