Below are 2 5x7 enlarger threads. I need more information, with details. I want to go to a 5x7 enlarger. I now have a D-2 with a Zone VI VC head.
Problems: The darkroom is in the basement with a clearance of 82". Over my enlarger I have a finished "slot" between the floor joists for the enlarger head of 13x23x7 deep. That gives me 89" of clearance over the enlarger. I could make the slot longer than 23" out from the wall but not deeper or wider. My D-2 is on a 34" high enlarger desk. I can make any size cabinet needed so this is not a problem.
Budget: Willing to spend say, $2,500. I would rather spend less, buying used. I know if new, a VC head would break the budget. I only print B&W.
Questions: Would a Durst 138 fit into my darkroom? With what type of head. Remember, no wider than 13". I enlarge 35mm, 6x7, 6x12, 4x5 and hopefully 5x7. Will a full set of condensers kill the budget, even used?
Does the Zone VI type II really cover 5x7 well? How much enlargement can I expect, using the baseboard, with a 180mm lens on the 44" column? the 60"? I would be willing to wall mount but I would like to know.
I have thought about finding a desktop Elwood, making a rolling stand and wheeling it into the darkroom when enlarging 5x7. I have the room to do this but not have two enlargers set up all the time. Is this a good Idea? Any other enlargers I should be on the lookout for? If so, please tell me their weaknesses too. Please nothing that I would have to find parts from the elves of the Blace forest or inner Mongolia.