Copystands for Camera Scans

Digitizing Your photos - a guide to photo scanning with a digital cameraThis page contains links to equipment shown in the book Digitizing Your Photos. The books describes a method to rapidly scan photographic prints and negatives using a digital camera.

In the book

The copy stand that I used for demonstrations in Digitizing Your Photos was from the Kaiser RS1 series. It’s a nice sturdy stand that is easy to move and holds position well. Kaiser makes a variety of arms to hold the camera. The videos show the RTX arm which allows for two axis motion as well as adjustable distance from the column. I also show the book easel and magnetic copyable  on this page.

Institutional Copy Systems

The best equipment comes from manufacturers like Digital Transitions and TTI. These can get pretty expensive, but there really nice to use if the budget allows.

Professional Copystands

Kaiser Copystand

Kaiser RS1 with RT-1 arm (same column I used, arm allows for adjustable distance from column, but no camera front-to-back tilt.) I have owned and used one of these for a few years. It’s currently running about $870.

Personal Copystands

Here’s a Smith Victor 42 inch kit that includes copy stand and LED lights for $440. The base is 23.5″x23.5″. The lights are listed as having a CRI of 95. I have not tested.


 

Here’s the 36 inch version of the same Smith Victor kit. Looks like the same light kit on a smaller column and smaller base ( 17.6″ x 17.6″). This one is $390. Unless your budget is ultra-tight, I’d opt for the 42 inch model listed above.

Budget price copystand


Delta 1 copy stands have the advantage of a steel base so you can use magnets to hold down prints, but the columns don’t look as sturdy as theater models above. Not tested.

Copy Bases

Delta 1 Magnetic Copyboard. This is the one I show in the book. It works nicely, but it’s pretty big (the photo shows a 16×20 copy board, but this one is really 20×24 inches. $85

Kaiser book cradle. I show this one in Digitizing Your Photos. It’s useful if you have books or albums to copy. $470

Used and Older

I also own a pretty heavy duty unit called the Bencher Illuma, which includes an illuminated base and an extremely tall and sturdy column. This is a floor standing unit. I see them on eBay from time to time. Note that none of these are from the LED era, so any lighting that is included should be retrofitted with new LEDs. Here’s a link to the discontinued item on the Adorama site.

And of course you can also search on eBay, Craigslist and yard sales to find copy equipment. Copystands are pretty simple devices that should last nearly forever unless they are abused in some way.
I’d like to thank Kaiser for lending me the equipment for the demonstration videos.

DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS