Moment Smartphone Lenses
At the end of last year, I contacted the fine folks at Moment to see about getting some of their very cool Moment Smartphone Lenses.
Almost everyone these days has a smartphone and it makes perfect sense for vloggers like me to want to use a phone in situations where bringing a traditional vlogging setup is inconvenient. Beyond that smartphones have become quite stellar at capturing video. Combine a smartphone with a Moment lens and the skies the limit.
Moment lenses are small, compact and turn any smartphone into a cinematic powerhouse. Moment has quite a few lenses in their lineup including an 18mm Wide Angle, 1.33x Anamorphic, 58mm Telephoto, 15mm Fisheye, and Macro lens.
Moment sent us 2 lenses (18mm Wide Angle and 1.33x Anamorphic lens) and an iPhone camera case used for lens attachment. The lenses are version 2 and have been improved slightly over the version 1 models. The biggest difference in the new M-Series mounting system, which makes it super easy to mount the lenses to the Moment’s smartphone case.
Each Moment lens comes with a lens cap and bag.
When the lenses arrived they were oozing with quality and feel very professional. Moment uses aerospace-grade metals and hand-polished glass that is often found in high-end film lenses.
Moment lenses require an M-series mount, which Moment utilizes in their Camera cases.
Each lens comes with 2 tabs that lock the lens in place when mounted. Mounting a lens is quite easy and just requires a 90-degree twist-on motion. To remove the lens you simply reverse the process.
I currently own an iPhone XR and with the Moment lenses attached I can create a wider field of view with the wide-angle lens or a more cinematic look with the Anamorphic lens.
Moment Wide Angle Lens
Moment’s Wide-Angle 18mm M-series Lens was designed as an everyday, go-to wide-angle lens for mobile photographers and filmmakers. The cinema quality lens allows you to capture much more of the scenery than your typical smartphone can do.
Moment Anamorphic Lens
Typical lenses shoot a 16:9 aspect ratio, while the Anamorphic Lens captures at 2.40:1 making it ideal for widescreen viewing. In other words, you can capture a super wide-angle image with the inherent shallow depth of field and perspective of a telephoto lens.
The other advantage of an anamorphic lens is it displays a cool horizontal lens flare when taking a picture or video when a bright light source (car lights for example) is in the frame. In the pictures below, the light source was the sun reflecting off of a building.