Give Your Tripod Some Extra Stability By Adding a Weight Hook

Heavier tripods are generally more stable than lighter ones — wind doesn’t affect them as much — but hauling them around can be a pain. Instructables user Andrew Axley came up with the brilliant idea of making his simple tripod more stable by adding his own weight hook. The tripod is light when not in use and when you need extra stability you simply hang your camera bag onto the hook. All you need to do is figure out a way to attach a hook securely at the center — Axley chose to drill a hole through the side of the center column and attach an S-hook using a bolt and nut.

Tripod stabilizer weight hook (via Lifehacker)

  • steve-o

    hm.. all tripods seem to have hooks at their bottom now days.

    mine has atleast.. altough i never carry arround weight..

  • Josh

    Nothing new. Even a $15 tripod I got at walmart several years ago had a sturdy hook to hang weights on.

  • Heero_nh

    جميييل جدا … Good, but not the cause of the vibration it is difficult to install or turn it off!

  • Anthony Burokas

    Wait, let me get this…
    Don’t buy a heavier duty, more stable tripod.
    Get a lighter, weaker one. 
    Then buy and carry some dead weight.
    Then hack the tripod, drill it, etc.
    And hang the weight from the weaker tripod to stabilize it.
    That about right?

    I love the “the tripod is light, when not in use.”

    Ummmm, when it’s not in use, it doesn’t matter what the weight is!

  • Ok

    ha ha :D

    i WILL NOT drill any holes into my MANFROTTO….. xD

    and like stated, it got a hook, but besides my photobag, i do not carry weights…^^

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully, there’s a weight handy wherever you take your tripod.  Otherwise, you’re not really saving any carrying weight if you have to take your tripod and a weight everywhere. As a way to save money, well, I think it’s better to spend a little more to do better than the generic tripods.

  • guest

    This guy thinks he invented the weight hook?
    And you guys think so too?


    Funny! I just did this last night for my architecture rig.

  • Darren Ward Photo

    There’s a huge problem with this example, the weight isn’t contacting the floor.  If there’s any wind the weight will start to suffer a pendulum effect, will start to make the tripod less stable and may eventually pull the tripod over when it wouldn’t normally have fallen.  If there’s no wind then it’s fine, but if there’s no wind you wouldn’t have stability problems.

  • hookless

    My 055cxpro3 does not have a hook…….ohh the humanity

  • Johnsmith007b

    Hmmm, let’s see. The tripod in the photo above is rated for a 5lb load, so let’s hang a 5lb weight on it so it’s nice and stable, then mount my camera body with grip and 70-200 2.8 (another 6 lbs).  Ahhhh yes, perfect.  But wait, the aluminum legs are starting to bow. Oh noooo!  Wait!  I got a fix for that – duct tape!  Yes!  That looks splendid, and very professional I might add.  

  • Jason

    I was doing this 30 years ago, but sadly there was no internet around to blog about it.

  • electro

    hihi jason – what a pity.
    how about having a canister that is lightweight an -when in use – fill with water ?

  • snaprrr

    I also wondered if adding mass (good) while simultaneously increasing windage (bad) would make the tripod more or less stable. It would be helpful to see some test results.

  • JanW

    In 1999 I travelled around the world for a commercial, doing timelapses with a 16mm Bolex camera (no digital DSLR back then). We travelled light. To stabilize I used a foldable jerrycan that can be found in stores selling camping equipment. Filled it with water in the hotel or on location.
    And no need to drill into the tripod: I just looped a strap around the tripod.
    Worked without any problem during out 5-week shoot.

  • Dscott Cirrostratus

    Jeez. Just run a cord through the hole or hook long enough to reach the ground, run under your foot, and back up to your hand. Viola! You’re using the 100+ lbs of weight you always carry with you to stabilize your tripod.