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| p.1 #8 · Using a boom on a tripod for stability and maneuverability |
Look at the horizontal column accessories that Gitzo sells, to see if that may be what you are looking for. I have used them occasionally for macro type setups, but also use them for copy stand type work. Because the end of the horizontal column now has the mounting threads pointed horizontally, you can put a ball head on there and then use the side slot to get a camera closer to pointing the right way. You can also mount a tilt head on the end of the column, like the one that Manfrotto sells, and then put a camera on that, or put a ball head on the tilt head.
A floating boom that is perfectly balanced and still supports the camera well like a tripod would is a tall order. A conventional boom like the ones used for lighting setups would likely only allow you to move the camera vertically while in a near balanced condition. And as you moved it, the direction fo the camera would change, which is likely not what you were thinking of. A serious boom system, like used for video cameras, that has a parallelogram system and is all well balanced is much bigger and more expensive than what you likely would want to invest in, but they come as big as you want, including the size where the big camera, the camera operator, and even the director can all ride along on the boom.
The Gitzo Explorer series of tripods are a good bet to look in to, as others have mentioned. That is what I use the most in the field when doing macro type stuff. I have a Manfrotto tilt head mounted on the end of the column, and can then put the camera on that, or can put a macro rail on the tilt head and then put the camera on that. It is not always perfectly stable, but it is a lot better than hand holding.