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    Is the De Vere 507 any good?

    Hello, just getting in to 4x5 and thinking enlargers now, so looking at a De Vere 507 I assume it is diffusion, but wondered if anyone can give me any advice on this enlarger.

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    If it is good enough for some of these reprobates, then I am sure it will be ok for the rest of us

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    Pictures speak 1000 words

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    The best enlargers available and parts and new or refurbished models are still available.

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    It's a very well made enlarger. Top drawer stuff.
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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    The DeVere enlargers are very good however beware that not all parts are the same specification, e.g. negative carriers, lens panels, timers etc.

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    A 507 will print up to 5x7 Negs

    DeVeres are built like tractors - I doubt anyone will actually wear one out

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    I used De Veres for some years professionally and now use one at home too - they are very well thought out, hold adjustment extremely well, and are seriously well made. Obviously, if someone offers you one which has stood in a pond for two years then look elsewhere.

    There are various heads and chassis available. The condenser unit is called Varicon and has swappable lenses which cover the different possible negs you might want to try, though many ex-lab units will probably have colour heads I guess.

    The chassis might be wall mounted, with an adjustable base-table on the mount, or bench-mounted for (surprise) sitting on a workbench. A very handy feature is that the focus and head adjustments are at the front of the base, rather than on the column or head. The only problem with the things is the weight and size - this is also an advantage of course - so this is the wrong enlarger for someone expecting to move it in and out of a bathroom every evening.

    If you don't expect to work with 5x7 negs then you could look for a 504 (5"x4") or a 203 (2 1/4" x 3").

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    If you do choose to go for it, take a few burly mates with you to collect it - they are seriously heavy

    The light box will come off for transport – but make sure everything is well locked down before you remove it, or the counterbalance spring will slam the head to the top of the column

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Aislabie View Post
    If you do choose to go for it, take a few burly mates with you to collect it - they are seriously heavy

    The light box will come off for transport – but make sure everything is well locked down before you remove it, or the counterbalance spring will slam the head to the top of the column

    Martin
    Roger that. Great enlarger, but make sure that head is secured before you shift it, the spring is easily powerful enough to remove a misplaced finger.
    Raise the head to the top of the column before you actually remove the head assembly, it takes all the tension out of the system...

    Regards
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