Moment Lenses

Moment Lens Review – their History, Mission, and Lenses

If you haven’t heard of Moment, then you may have some questions.

  • Why is Moment such a big deal to mobile photographers?
  • Which Moment lens is ideal for my style of content creation?

Don’t worry, we’re going to sort through all their lenses to tell you what the best Moment lens is for both phone photography and videography.

It’s pretty common knowledge in the world of mobile photography that Moment’s products are the pinnacle. Let’s see if they live up to the hype.

Why A Moment Lens?

Every product review – even a Moment lens review – has to start with the history of the product’s producer. If you’re going to purchase something, you need to know from whom you’re buying.

Moment began its onslaught of the mobile photography world in 2014 with its original Wide and Tele lenses. These two lenses got designed and produced exclusively for the iPhone 5.

Did you know that Moment started as a Kickstarter campaign? Pretty hard to believe, huh? To this day, they still crowdsource a fair bit of their R&D money.

They’ve come a long way since then. They’ve released loads of their Moment lenses and have received an abundance of awards. And rightly so. The lenses are pretty much shoulders above the competition.

While some of their competitors put out lenses made of plastics and mid-tier glass, only the highest quality materials go into a Moment lens.

Aerospace-grade metal and 4k quality glass in a smartphone camera lens was simply unheard of before Moment came along.

The Best Phone Camera Lens?

As their products have taken over the game, they’ve developed a unique presence on Youtube and Instagram, where they showcase everything a mobile creator might need to know.

Oh, and they’ve even recently introduced a Moment Trips portion of the company where their employees travel around the world with groups of smartphone photographers and teach them how to do what they do.

Pretty much, if you work for Moment, then you must be living the best life.

Oh, and if you just happen to be in Seattle when they’re doing a garage sale, then definitely check them out! You can get scratch and dent Moment gear at a fraction of its regular price.

Who wouldn’t want to do that? Based on their current trajectory, they should only continue to grow too.

Moment Lens Review – The 5

So this Moment lens review should hang around for a while, because – well – their lenses don’t come out every year. To be honest, we’re thankful they don’t. Too many companies oversaturate the marketplace with gear that’s barely different than the last model (cough, Apple, cough).

Worth checking out is their own Moment Lens Review, where Moment tells you which smartphone lens (no, not lense) is right for you.

Moment Wide 18mm Lens

Moment Wide 18mm Lens Specs:
  • Lens Size – 18 mm
  • Distortion – <0.5%
  • Magnification Ratio – .63X
  • Lens Coating – Multi-layer, low flare broadband anti-reflection
  • M-series mount interface
  • 12-month warranty

According to Moment, the “Go-To Popular Lens” and it’s easy to see why. The Moment Wide Lens flies off the shelves and performs as soon as it’s attached to your phone. As far as we’re concerned, the Moment Wide Lens is the best offering in this Moment lens review.

Watch our video – Moment 18mm Wide Lens Unboxing and Review

The Moment Wide lens is ideal for both mobile photographers and filmmakers. Their wide offering is both easy enough to handle for even first-time Moment users and high performing enough for smartphone photography professionals.

So, for what is it best used?

Well, it’s great for capturing those legendary landscapes, sun-basked interiors, poignant portraits, and delectable spreads. Essentially, if you can take advantage of leading lines, then you could be using the Moment Wide lens.

According to the company themselves, the Moment Wide lens is their most advanced product ever.

Is the Moment Wide 18mm Lens worth it?

With its cinema-quality glass and wide-angle design that allows your phone to capture 2x as much, it’s easy to see why Moment makes these claims.

Also, it’s worth pointing out that there is no wide-angle distortion, so those leading lines are crisp all the way to the edges of your photos. The lens does have a particular quirk and character that your regular phone camera just doesn’t possess.

Hint – you should take a peek at photos taken on the Moment Wide Lens to understand the len’s quirk and character.

Regardless of what you decide, we do recommend the Moment Wide Lens for those beginners looking to make an immediate splash in the world of smartphone photography.

Moment Tele Lens 58 mm

Moment Tele Lens 58 mm Specs:
  • Lens Size – 58 mm
  • Best for dual lenses
  • Approximately 2x optical zoom when mounted over a single-lens camera (or the wide lens side of a dual-lens) and about 4x optical zoom when mounted over the iPhone telephoto lens
  • Equivalent Focal Length (specifically when over the iPhone XS Wide) – 58mm
  • Distortion – somewhere between  <0.75% and 1% depending on use
  • Designed for F/1.8 Lenses in mind
  • Lens Coating – Multi-layer, low flare broadband anti-reflection
  • M-Series mount interface
  • 12-month warranty

According to Moment, the “Closest Thing to DSLR on your Phone.”

Many industry experts agree, however, that the Moment Tele Lens is their least impressive lens – especially when not mounted on a dedicated portrait lens.

Watch our video – Moment 58mm Tele Lens Unboxing and Review

While Moment boasts that the lens is perfect for close-up landscapes, action, and portraits, there is little difference between the shots with and without the lens on certain smartphone models.

It is, however, true that the lens shines for filmmakers who prioritize a compressed feel. At the same time, a telephoto lens on the market as the “Closest Thing to DSLR on your Phone” obviously isn’t ideal for videography.

The company claims that the Moment Tele Lens – 58 millimeter – performs best with newer devices, but our research says this is only the case when the phone camera set-up includes a Tele lens.

Is the Moment Tele Lens 58 mm worth it?

Photos taken with the lens have sharpness in the photo’s center with a natural fade towards the edges.

Some would argue this leads to more intimate portraits, but you’ll have to judge that for yourself.

A 58mm focal length means no need to zoom, though, as we’ve said numerous times, you shouldn’t be zooming anyway!

In the end, in our humble opinion, the Moment Tele Lens is the least worth it of any of Moment’s offerings. At $120, its benefits get overshadowed by its hefty sum. Unless you’re a smartphone photography professional who will be able to utilize all of this lens’ benefits, it’s best to go in another direction.

Moment Fisheye 14mm Lens

Moment Fisheye 14mm Lens Specs:
  • Distortion: 100% Fisheye (distortion at the edge typical of this style of photography)
  • Lens Coating – Multi-layer, low flare broadband anti-reflection
  • M-series mount interface
  • 12-month warranty

According to Moment, the “Ultra-Wide Perspective.” After witnessing firsthand the 170° field of view, we can only echo their comments.

The Moment Superfish lens is ideal for filmmakers, documentary-style photographers, athletes, architects, vloggers, and Instagram users.

Or, pretty much anyone.

The Superfish is the widest lens Moment makes, so if you need something with a wider field of view, you’ll have to go elsewhere. On the other hand, why the hell would you need more field of view?

Is the Moment Fisheye 14mm Lens worth it?

The aspheric glass used to craft the Moment Superfish lens is top of the line and indeed outperforms any other fisheye lens on the market. Fisheye photography is a pretty niche style, though, so know what you’re getting before hitting that buy button on that Moment Superfish Lens.

If you know what you’re looking for, though, and don’t mind the $90 price tag, then it does have our stamp of approval.

Moment Macro Lens

Moment Macro Lens Specs:
  • Mounts on both single-lens and dual-lens phones
  • Visual Magnification – 10X (250/F)
  • Distortion – <1%
  • Flange Working Distance – 18.5mm
  • Focal Length – 25mm
  • Reduction Ratio – 0.16: 1
  • Lens Coating – Multi-layer, low flare broadband anti-reflection
  • M-series mount interface
  • 12-month warranty

According to Moment, the “Up Close and Personal” lens. While the Moment Macro Lens is pretty impressive, but with only 10x magnification, there is a little room for improvement. Some of the competition is churning out 15x and 20x magnification, so Moment could improve. At the same time, in some cases, their 10x magnification is too much, so there isn’t too much benefit in increasing.

Watch our video – Moment 10x Macro Lens Review + Macro Short Film

Regardless of how the Moment Macro Lens compares, it’s great for nature lovers and food photographers. And those who just want those extra textures in their shot.

The lens has a fixed focal distance, meaning just get close and shoot. While this fixed focal distance is mostly positive, it does force you to use a working distance of 1-inch. A small working distance like this isn’t great if you’re trying to shoot something that doesn’t take kindly to people and photography.

Is the Moment Macro Lens worth it?

In short, the best way Photos With Phones can describe the Moment Macro Lens is like a magnifying glass for your phone.

At the same time, you can get a competitive macro for cheaper if you aren’t sold on Moment. The removable diffuser hood is, however, a game-changer if you’re looking for an added bit of control.

At $90, if you’re really into macro photography, then the Moment Macro Lens may be for you. If you aren’t a macro mogul, though, perhaps go in a different direction.

Moment Anamorphic Lens

Moment Anamorphic Lens Specs:
  • 1.33x Magnification
  • 2:40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio
  • Aerospace-grade metal
  • Distortion – Vintage Anamorphic barrel-type distortion
  • Hand polished glass found in 4k film cameras
  • M-series mount interface
  • 12-month warranty

According to Moment, the Anamorphic lens is the “Holy Grail of Filmmaking.” We agree; if you’re looking for film lenses for your phone, then this is it.

Watch our video – Moment Anamorphic Lens Review and Unboxing

The lens flares add an impressive touch to photos and videos that are totally unique to Moment. The flares in anamorphic lenses come from cylindrical optics and efficient vintage-style anti-reflection lens coatings. Essentially this means that Moment has designed a lens more suited for videography. One that has a vintage-y look without compromising the benefits of modern technology.

Is the Moment Anamorphic Lens worth it?

If you’re a videographer, then hell yes, the Moment Anamorphic Lens is for you. In short, every shot and video is crisp and clean. The blue flares that make this lens unique only add to the allure of the product.

Oh, and the stills – if you ever need to take them – are cinematic. They look like if you click pause on a Hollywood movie.

The Moment Anamorphic Lens is wholly worth the $150 if you’re a videographer with a desire to stand out.

So, Are You a Moment Convert?

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This Moment lens review has even taught us something about the leader of the smartphone photography world. It’s taught us loads about Moment lenses.

What started as a Kickstarter campaign with hopes and dreams of market success is today a company to be reckoned with in the U.S.

While their products are comparatively expensive and sometimes require additional purchases, the pros of Moment lenses are clear. Essentially, they perform, and they perform vastly better than their cheaper competition.

In short, anyone hoping to break into the world of mobile photography better have at least one Moment lens in their tool belt. If they don’t, then they’re already a couple of steps behind the competition.

Moment’s Growth

Moment will continue to grow over the coming years, as the smartphone photography world continues to grow and poach the market shares of their DSLR and mirrorless competitors.

It’s an inevitable fact.

But, for them to reach their full potential, they will have to expand their reach globally – branching both eastwards and westwards. As they expand – which we fully expect them to do – their products should only improve. Theoretically, this would make an already costly product even more expensive.

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Joe takes some pretty impressive photos and videos on his phone. He has a plethora of experience writing for large websites on a variety of topics and is able to deliver relatable mobile content that you'll surely enjoy. Joe majored in History at Christopher Newport University in VA. He currently resides in Denver, CO with his fiancee, Kathryn, and their dog, Jasmine.


  • Carrie Brown
    November 21, 2019

    I recently purchased the Wide Angle Lens, and let me tell you does it perform! I’m thinking about getting another one soon. Which do you recommend?

    • Joe Monk
      November 21, 2019

      You definitely have the right lens to start with! I suppose if you’re thinking about adding an additional lens then it depends on your purposes.

      Do you want to take landscapes or macros? Portraits or astros?

      Regardless of which one you choose, you can pretty much guarantee quality and that it’ll outperform whatever else you could’ve gotten.

      If you’re looking for something that’ll add the most to the wide-angle lens though, then I would probably go with the macro just because it’s the most different. The telephoto, in combination with the wide-angle, would allow you to photograph almost anything well (except maybe those macros!).

  • Nandasetya Kurniawan
    January 9, 2020

    Hi Joe,

    I have my Galaxy s10, do I need to purchase moment wide lens since Galaxy s10 has the ultrawide feature in his camera?

    and what is your suggestions for galaxy s10 user like me regarding best moment lens to buy?

    thank you

    • Patrick Grubbs
      January 9, 2020

      That’s a good question! The short answer is: Yes, the Moment Wide Angle Lens is much better than the Galaxy UltraWide feature. The ultrawide tech is useful for taking selfies, but it lacks the resolution of a purpose-built lens. It’s also subject to stretching at the edges, mostly because of the algorithm.

      I’d definitely recommend the Moment Wide Angle Lens – but don’t forget that you need the Moment phone case to use it!

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