Review: Moment lens

Review Moment lensMaybe this is shallow of me, but the first thing I liked about the telephoto lens I bought from Momentlens.co was the packaging it came in. The mailing parcel was a solid, plain, brown box that perfectly fit and confidently protected the simple black box inside. The black box inside snugly carried my Moment 2x telephoto lens, a thick little carrier pouch, and the mounting plate that would allow me to attach the lens to my iPhone 6. I felt right away like I had bought something of quality—the same feeling you get when you buy an Apple product.

Since upgrading to the iPhone 6, I had been looking for a new lens attachment similar to the Vtec lenses I had bought for my iPhone 5s. My research led me to Moment, and when I Googled “review Moment lens,” I was attracted to the quality their website promised. Their lenses are made of “cinema quality glass” and “precision machined hard anodized aluminum,” not plastic. The quality of the lens of course affects the quality of the image your camera will see.

Review Moment lensMy only disappointment was that Moment makes just one telephoto lens, and it is only a 2x magnification. My Vtec kit came with a 2x, 9x, and 12x, and I relied on the 9x most often. Alas, I could not find a similar kit compatible with the iPhone 6.

Still, even at 2x, the difference is clear, as you can see in the sample shots below.

Comparison shots

All the photos below have been down-sized to 625px to fit the column width of this blog, but if you click an image, the original, full-size photo will open in a separate window.

No zoom

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African doll, afternoon light, iPhone 6 with no attached lens, no zoom
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African doll, afternoon light, iPhone 6 with Moment 2x telephoto lens, no zoom

Half zoom

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African doll, afternoon light, iPhone 6 with no lens attached, zoomed halfway
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African doll, afternoon light, iPhone 6 with Moment 2x telephoto lens, zoomed halfway

Full zoom

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African doll, afternoon light, iPhone 6 with no attached lens, full zoom
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African doll, afternoon light, iPhone 6 with Moment 2x telephoto lens, full zoom

You can see that at full zoom even the Moment lens can’t completely eliminate pixelation, but the improvement over the built-in iPhone lens is dramatic.

Other positives

  • The Moment lens comes with a mounting plate that adheres directly onto the iPhone. The plate is designed with a low-profile bayonet mount into which you rotate the lens with a simple half turn. My iPhone case fits right over this mounting plate. I like that.
  • The little pouch that comes with the lens is thicker than your standard “free pouch,” so it feels top-quality too. I can toss the pouch into my purse or stuff it into my pocket and not worry about damaging the lens.
  • There is also a Moment app that I’ve just begun playing around with. I don’t know enough about photography to understand how the app works, but sometimes it seems to get better results than the standard iPhone camera app.

Summary

I like my Moment 2x telephoto lens! It’s well-made and easy to use, and it helps me take better photos from farther away.

 

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Looking ahead

Looking-Ahead_570New Year’s Eve seems like a good time to give you a chance to update your LifeLines subscription preferences.

Looking back

Looking back, if you realize that you rarely click on the blue headline that arrives in your email inbox each Wednesday, feel free to unsubscribe! I would hate to be considered junk mail. Plus, the more subscribers I have, the more I get charged, so if you don’t want to read LifeLines, I don’t want to pay for you!

Looking ahead

Looking ahead, I will probably spend less time writing about writing, and more time writing about topics relevant to churches and other nonprofits. (If you are a business or regular person, you might still be interested in these topics, so feel free to stick around, but don’t feel obligated.)

Looking around

Looking around this blog, I can see that some of my categories and tags need to be tightened up, so that you can more easily find the posts that are most helpful to you. I have started on that already, and I will keep at it until it’s finished.

Looking good

So things are looking good for 2015. I appreciate your readership, and I appreciate the conversations we engage in—here on the blog, but also in Facebook and in person. Your comments are encouraging, and your questions are inspiring. Thank you for that.

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Writing from a thankful place

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Thanksgiving2014_3233_560wIt’s no exaggeration for me to say I have MILLIONS of things to be thankful for. I shared some of those in last week’s Thanksgiving Top 5 post, but I saved a special one to focus on this week: the LifeLines office I moved into this year.

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It is a comfortable space, painted in calming-yet-refreshing greens, with plenty of natural light even on gray November days.
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The view out the western window is rustic and colorful, and I’ve enjoyed watching the seasons change in the few months I’ve been here.
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I found this piece of artwork in a furniture store and bought it because it reminds me of both faithfulness and creativity. Florida, family, a poem called “Sand Castles,” and a small rock given to me by a leader I respect—this artwork sparks memories of all that.
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My little dog also finds the LifeLines office to be a comfortable place for meditating, collaborating, and hoping it’s dinner time, and I am thankful for his (mostly) quiet company.

So yes, I am writing from a thankful place this year. And while I am thankful for the physical space, and the view, and the surroundings, I hope that my inner place of thankfulness is not dependent on these outer blessings. With poet-priest George Herbert, I say:

“O Thou who hast given me so much, mercifully grant me one thing more—a grateful heart.”

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Thanksgiving Top 5 (2014 edition)

It’s a Thanksgiving tradition of mine to choose five projects from the previous year that I’m particularly grateful for. (You can see previous editions by entering “Thanksgiving Top 5” in the Search field.) These tend to be long posts because I have so much to be grateful for, but for Thanksgiving 2014 I am really going to TRY to keep the narrative as slim as possible. Here we go—

Thanksgiving 2014 Top Five Projects I was Thankful to Work On

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Presentation Modules

I love Ed and Jan Kotynski. And their work. And their faith. And the stories they tell me about how God’s Word changes lives. And I love that they see the value I can bring to their efforts. This spring they hired me to hear their stories, witness their passion, ask questions, and then help them organize their experiences into a flexible collection of effective fundraising presentation modules. Thank you, Ed and Jan!

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Presentation Collateral

Thanksgiving 2014I love it that Pastor Jason Perry recognizes me as a kindred spirit, particularly in finding ways to help disciples make disciples. When Jason led an intensive workshop designed to stimulate catalytic conversations among church leaders, he asked me to help create banners, workbooks, and “graffiti questions” like the one pictured above. Thank you, Jason!

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Bible Study

Thanksgiving 2014Bob Martin is a former colleague of mine—we both worked at an international discipleship ministry during its glory days. So when he emailed me to ask for editing and layout help with a Bible study booklet, there was a sense of stepping back to a time when I was more personally involved in frontline ministry. It was good to work with Bob again. And it was good to work, indirectly, with people in Bulgaria who will gather around this little booklet to learn what God is saying to them in His Word. Thank you, Bob!

 

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Rewire

Thanksgiving 2014John Eliason’s work style is different from mine, but his enthusiasm about what I do for him goes a long way. He sent me the manuscript of his book—Rewire—and he loved the layout I did, which incorporated elements of the style his cover designer had already developed. John graciously mailed me a copy of the hardcover book after it was printed, and it was fun to see it in real life. I appreciate John’s respect for my work, his repeat business, and his prompt payment. Thank you, John!

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Political Website

Thanksgiving 2014When an old friend and colleague found herself too busy to help a political candidate set up the website he needed, she turned to me. I don’t know politics, but I do know WordPress, so I set up a basic site for County Councilman Dan Dernulc, using stock images and minimal content. When finished, I turned over the username, password, and other details to my friend, and she was able to finish populating the pages. By working together, we both got the job done, and we each could focus on the details we knew best. Thank you, Rebecca!

Thank you, all

My Top 5 list is never complete because it cannot capture all the interesting jobs, pleasant clients, and affirming experiences I have through LifeLines in any given year. So thank you, subscribers, commenters, clients, colleagues, family, friends, and followers for all the ways you enrich my life and work.

My Thanksgiving prayer for you is that your tables will be filled with more than you need, your homes will ring with laughter and love, and your hearts will respond by blessing someone else even more generously.

Amen!