I've been hunting around Amazon but not finding much. I need a way to use a tripod as a means of having: 1) Sturdy base. 2) Consistent elevation of shots over time. Normally I use flashes so I just hold the camera freehand at 1/160 to 1/200. But now I need to do a series of shots over a long period of time and they all need a level of consistency between them in how the product is set up. So that said, I want to ditch the handheld shooting and get a tripod. Problem is, I do this on a table top and typically hold the camera just 3 to 5 inches off the table using my elbows for elevation. I haven't found a tripod or base which is that short. It obviously does not need to extend very long. I could just set the camera on a few books if I had to, but the point is to have a way to recreate the shots over time. A simple little stand which is locked in at a certain height would be great. I don't want stands with those bendy, adjustable arms as this doesn't let me create a consistent height that is locked in. Any ideas?