Add A Weight-Stabilising Hook To Your Tripod

Add A Weight-Stabilising Hook To Your Tripod

Shooting from a camera mounted to a tripod usually results in better images as the camera is less likely to move. A heavier tripod is generally more stable, but you don’t always want to lug one around on an outdoor shoot. Instead, attach a weight-bearing hook to the centre column of your tripod and use your camera bag or backpack to provide the weight.

Instructables user Andrew Axley came up with the design. Simply drill a hole through the centre column of your tripod, use a bolt and nut to fit the hole you’ve drilled, bend the top of an S-hook to fit inside the centre column, and hang the S-hook from the the bolt. Of course, complete directions and step-by-step photos can be found at the source link below.

This mod gives you a sturdy hook that you can attach any convenient object to stabilise your tripod. It’s definitely a nice upgrade for a cheap tripod.

Tripod Stabilizer Weight Hook [Instructables]


  • Instead of carrying around a weight, why not use your camera bag instead, and if it isn’t full of glass – dump a rock in the bag – or bring a plastic bag and fill that with dirt/sand.*

    *Don’t put extra weight on any of those 40 dollar tripods, they’ll snap. 😉

  • use a bungee cord and a screw driver to do the same thing
    hook the cord to the tripod and then push the screw driver in to the ground like a anchor point
    its light and can keep the tripod firmly planted to the ground in wind or on slopes

    PS. this is a old archers trick and gets stronger depending on the size of the screw driver

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