It's not expensive, but it actually holds your camera absolutely parallel to the flat surface underneath. Most cheap stands allow for sag, i.e. when a lens starts tilting towards the leg under its weight. This one does it too (laws of physics!) but the base plate for the camera has two small screws you can you to adjust this. The end result is perfect alignment and 100% of the negative area is in focus.
To make sure you have everything perfectly, place a mirror in place of a film and look at your camera LCD. You should be able to see your lens iris 100% in the middle of the frame, right where the central focus point is.
Anyway, great deal and good product!
I'm using it with a Canon 7D and 100 mm f/2.8 macro. That combo is 3.4 lb and this stand can certainly handle it. Bogen-type attachment is very secure. Using bubbles to level things and my lens is perfectly parallel to the table. No moving or flexing. It's a bit tall for doing just this kind of work, but far better than inverting my hefty tripod and trying to slip a Kaiser Plano and film holder between the three legs. For having a sturdy, dedicated fixture and the right tool for the job, the price is reasonable.
I've been through now four different setups to scan film using a DSLR and backlit tracing pad. While every previous method worked, it sacrificed speed, consistency, and stability in some way. After I discovered this copy stand and reading some reviews, 9 decided I would splurge on it and see how it worked. The build quality is exceptional and it just WORKS. I can consistently move slide without disturbing the camera and it maintains a perfect 90% angle - something that created a lot of fuss for me and why I ultimately bought the ALZO. I am excited to have this and cut back the time that's the least enjoyable part of shooting film - the scanning.
With my ALZO Copy Stand for Macro Tabletop Studio and Overhead Product Photography, I can set up my Canon camera and connect it to my laptop. It is great for detailed closeups of my coin collection. It allows me to turn up fantastic pictures with my Lightroom and Photoshop software. The table gives me the opportunity to add the lights for clarity. It's a small investment for extraordinary results!
This copy stand perfectly fits my needs. With my camera set up picture quality is amazing. Easy to set up and easy to use.