Lens, settings, and so forth?

by EAllynM - 1/1/13 3:10 AM

In Reply to: Best cameras for digitally copying documents? by mitzia

We have a Canon EOS Rebel T1i that we would like to use for photographing documents for genealogy. What sort of lens would be good? Will a regular tripod do or should we look for a camera stand specifically for photographic documents? What camera settings would be appropriate for documents? What about photographing microfilm images on an old style microfilm reader?