In my studio I always used a single column wheeled stand with a horizontal arm that was counterbalanced with a weight that travels in the column. This works where there is a smooth floor, of course, but it offers a lot of advantages for product work (often done with a 4x5 in those days but with smaller cameras, too.) We worked at table height for ease of camera control while still able to swap out products and props on the table. Adjustments are super easy and quick. The arm configuration means that you can extend the arm toward the table a little and repositioning is *much* easier than any tripod. The arm should be designed to allow sliding in its collar horizontally and that collar goes up and down the vertical shaft. A column stand allows you to go from very low to very high in seconds and that high position isn't taking up studio floor space with a wide tripod stance. A column stand makes it way easier to fit lightstands near the set.
You still have to buy a head that works well with your camera and the nature of your necessary adjustments.
This inexpensive because it does not counterbalance the crossarm:http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/118400-REG/Delta_00902_CS6_Jr_Camera_Stand.html
read the comments on the one negative review. This, too, is lighter than the one I used, but looks better than the above...
where are the good columns!? I was surprised that these searches turned up only a couple of light-middleweights...
Consider that better productivity is so valuable that I feel it paid for itself very soon.
There's a Korean cube head that looks interesting. Can't remember the name. I like my Manfrotto 410 geared head but shoot all on location now with a super heavy Gitzo Tele-Studex that starts at a 31" leg length.