Sat 16-Jun-12 09:27 AM | edited Sat 16-Jun-12 09:28 AM by nrothschild
When someone asks that question, I always suggest a carabiner . I think this is a far superior solution to the basic Gitzo hook, which is fine for hanging a photo bag while the tripod is set up but not suitable for "permanent" use.
My setup below...
I used something I had lying around; I could have thrown a little money at it and the next time I pass by a decent outfitter's shop I'll take a look at their carabiner selection.
I like the fact that I can hang things on the tripod, such as my Walk Stool and a ThinkTank Stuff It! bag and not worry about leaving a trail of stuff behind me when I carry it around over my shoulder or up on my shoulder.
I do have a problem snagging fabric loops and straps on the carabiner, especially when I remove whatever is hanging, and especially if it is heavy. To solve that I need to pick up an assortment of split rings to attach to those loops and straps. Then it will be perfect . (for what I want).
Maybe you should explain whatever issues you might be having.
Sat 16-Jun-12 09:35 AM | edited Sat 16-Jun-12 09:37 AM by gqtuazon
Thanks for the info Neil. Your rig is similar to my set-up. I thought I was the only one having this issue but we ended up with a similar solution.
My current "S" hook doesn't have any issue. I just wanted something that can distribute the weight evenly instead of just one of three slots although it may not matter much since my bag is probably less than 20 lbs if I am carrying my heavy zooms.
>> I want something that can distribute the weight evenly
I agree that in principle that would be desirable but as a practical matter I have not found the off center hook to be a problem. However, I don't think I regularly hang more than 10LB or so on it.
You might be able to attach a (rather large and beefy) split ring to each vane and then hook the carabiner through all 3 rings? I'm trying to visualize this- I think it *might* work. Not sure it's worth all that stuff clanking around .
Here you are Glenn. Got the eye bolt at Home Depot by matching the threads to the original bolt. I cut it down with a hack saw so that it would protrude the same amount as the original. Looks like I have lost a little paint over the two years that it has been in use. I don't have a safety plate, but the shoulder strap attached to the eye bolt should keep things from get too far away.
Hi all. I was able to have my brother to help me out since he is a machinist and fabricated this for me. It is a better improvement and I just thought of sharing it with you. I've added a locktite blue in order to prevent it from getting loose in conjunction with the lock washer to keep it tight.
Comparing the previous hardwares. Just click on the image for larger view.
That would be great! If you do proceed on this, please post a note here linking to a post in the "Want To Sell" section, where you can offer the product for sale. That keeps things tidy and in accordance with the TOUs
You can accomplish the same with an 80 cent 3/8" eyebolt that I found in HomeDepot to tide me over before I got Glenn's solution. A better solution is stainless but I only needed mine to stay rust-free for a week. I don't know the availability in stainless but for typically a couple bucks extra I would do that, if I found the right bolt.
Home Depot carried two sizes in the bins I checked, one very short but called "2" or 2.5" something like that. But that length was end to end, I think, not the length of the shank so it came quite compact in length.
Glenn and I had a discussion about this- from an economic point of view there is a lot to be said for the eye bolt .
I did not attach Glenn's bolt to my stock mount and NSN plate but I assume he machined the length to keep the NSN plate snug (that being the main point of the exercise). I put mine on a Markins TH-300 hub where it fit fine, as well as the temporary eye bolt.
For an NSN plate it may be necessary to cut the cheaper eye bolt to proper size so that it does not ground out before snugging up the plate.
The eyebolt is a bit bulkier but where it sits under the mount it doesn't have much practical effect. Neither were long enough to dig into my shoulder doing the over the shoulder carry illustrated in my avatar. And that was actually my greatest concern with any solution.
Either solution is more elegant than my prior solution of clipping a carabiner to the NSN plate before bolting it down, but all 3 solutions work fine.
In keeping with my practice of only spending as much as necessary, I used a carabiner I found at HD for $1.00, I think, and bought some spares since I am always looking for another hook for something. Seems solid enough and the one I've used for a few years now still works properly. If I had a local mountaineering shop I would probably buy a better carabiner but it's something I would want to buy sight seen.
I mention this because last I spoke to Glenn he was not planning any additional production in the near future.
As a result I have another collector's item (and it is truly a well made and well thought through hook).
Thanks for the detailed description of an alternative. I will look for a stainless eyebolt at HD or specialty hdwe place if needed. REI should have appropriate carabiners? Will report on my findings for a stainless steel eyebolt.