Electrical engineer, hobbyist, film maker, wire wrap aficionado.
I ran into this issue last month. I didn't want to drop ~$100 on a C-stand, so I used bent tube from a medical walker and a shelf and made a swing-out camera arm.
Fun fact: The camera bracket and knurled 1/4-20 knob were from an old Kodak flash unit.
Check it out here:https://meta.ifixit.com/Answers/View/10608/iFixit+Teardown+Camera+Setup
Wow. This is some pretty awesome lens making! I thought my Rodenstock X-ray lens mod project was an undertaking, this takes it even further. Very cool.
My X-ray lens project:http://salvagedcircuitry.com/rodenstock-u43