In 2023 Amazon has a variety of attractively priced USB microscope models. I would like to get one that would work well with old books, both in terms of its stand or clamp arm, and ability to double as a wider angle full page camera, for scanning and photomicrographing small type sizes. Do any type-folk have experience or advice to share? Which models to avoid, etc? I do most of my work in Windows but do prefer something cross-platform that the OS sees as just another imaging device. I dream of something that can see the sharp edge of the type impression inside the ink spread with the right oblique lighting, etc.
Interestingly, in the recent book Designing type revivals that Riccardo wrote with Michele Patanè, they recommend instead a set up with a digital camera shooting through a loup. There are photographs of the set up in the book, which is highly recommended, and examples of the output.