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Jack Kallmeyer


Amazon has quite a range of copy stands from under $100 to many thousands of dollars.  You get what you pay for though.  The more you pay, the more stable the stand.  I use an inexpensive stand myself that I weight with sandbags to improve stability.  An advantage of a copy stand over a tripod is that the camera is pointed down so it is easier to position your specimen for photography.

I used to use a professional grade tripod before I got the copy stand.  This tripod had an accessory outrigger that replaced the pan-tilt head.  The pan-tilt head was then attached to the end of the outrigger so the camera could be pointed straight down.  This set-up would be pretty costly so it probably isn’t an option.  I don’t believe the low end tripods have this kind of accessory.