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

iPhone, no lens
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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2 thoughts on “Review: Moment lens”

  1. I love the packaging, too! That does surprisingly well, especially when I read it is only a 2x magnification. Nice plug for them and you have a great product…win-win!

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