Lethal Pro v2
- Killer looks
- Flexible design
- Lightweight and portable
- Can be tricky to adjust and secure
- Overkill for some tasks
- A bit pricey
The Lethal Pro v2 is an unquestionably unique accessory that could come in handy in some circumstances, but it’s hard to justify the price.
A slight refinement on the original Lethal Pro, the Lethal Pro v2 is a lightweight rig made of carbon fiber and "high tech alloys," and is intended to serve as both a stand / mount for you smartphone or tablet, and as a camera accessory that's part GorillaPod and part something completely different. For practical purposes, the latter use is unquestionably more interesting than the former.
Thankfully, the rig is a bit more practical as a camera accessory. The screw used to attach the brackets that hold a phone or tablet in place also just so happens to fit a standard tripod mount, which will let you either prop up your camera a bit to get a better shot or attach it to something (like that aforementioned tree branch). In that respect, it could really come in handy in a range of different situations -- shooting time-lapse photography, for instance, or perching it in a tree for some wildlife shots while you hide with a remote. It's also way lighter than it looks (less than eight ounces), and it can be completely folded up and stored in any reasonably-sized camera or laptop bag.
The problem with a product like this is that it's really tempting to just prop it up to get a quick shot, and it will only take one nasty fall to make you regret trusting it with your DSLR. That's somewhat less of a problem if you're only using it with a lightweight compact camera -- It held ours upside down in a tree on its own without any trouble -- but we'd still recommend taking extra care.
As you can probably tell by now, this isn't exactly a product for everyone -- but it will undoubtedly appeal to some folks. Both those that just like to do things a bit differently, and those that want to have an extra rig available for certain situations where a GorillaPod or tripod won't get the job done -- we're sure you can imagine some instances we haven't even though of. For those individuals, the added tablet / smartphone flexibility is simply a bit of a bonus. Just know what you're getting into, as this particular way of doing things differently will cost you a hefty $129.
P.S. Contrary to appearances, the feet don't work very well as bottle openers (yes, we tried). Something to consider for the Lethal Pro v3, perhaps.