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

  • Why is Moment such a big deal?
  • Is a Moment lens the right lens for me?
  • Which Moment lens is ideal for my style of content?

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. If you have heard of Moment, then keep scrolling.

Moment Lens Review

Suzi Pratt

It’s pretty common knowledge, after all, that Moment’s products are the pinnacle of smartphone photography lenses.

Well, we at Photos With Phones don’t just take the industry at their word. Instead, we put the products through the wringer to establish just how good they are.

Then, we turn the information that we gather from our review and synthesize it into a digestible and informative post for you – our reader.

It’s just how it should be done.

The Moment Lens Review: The Best Moment Lens

Moment Lens

Wired

A Moment lens review is a little different than a typical product review because of the company’s lofty status and extensive line.

To explain, along with Sandmarc and Olloclip, Moment lenses dominate the world of high-end smartphone photography.

In this review of Moment’s line, we aim to look at all of the company’s lenses currently on the market and tell you which are worth the investment and which ones aren’t.

We’ll give you the pros and cons.

Then we’ll give you the specs for each lens.

And after that, we’ll even give you what the other industry experts say about the lenses (yes, even if they disagree with us!).

We hope to provide you with all the information necessary, plus a little more to change your perception of all things in the smartphone photography industry.

MOMENT: THE COMPANY’S HISTORY

Moment Lenses

TechCrunch

Every 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 who you’re buying from.

You need to know if the company is legit.

Well, long story short, Moment lenses are definitely legit.

So, Moment began its onslaught of the camera phone photography world in 2014 with its original Wide and Tele lenses. These two lenses were designed and produced exclusively for the iPhone 5.

Did you know that Moment actually started off as a Kickstarter campaign? Pretty hard to believe, huh?

Obviously, they’ve come a long way since then. They’ve released loads of their Moment lenses and been awarded an abundance of awards.

And rightly so. The lenses are pretty much shoulders above the competition.

The reason, their products are top class – both in terms of performance and caliber. While some of their competitors put out lenses made of plastics and middle-tier glass, a Moment lens is made of only the highest quality materials.

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

WHAT SETS MOMENT APART?

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 essentially 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 normal price.

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Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Based on their current trajectory, they should only continue to grow too.

Moment Phone Cases

Moment

MOMENT LENS REVIEW – THE FIVE

 

all 5 moment lenses

So this Moment lens review should hang around for a while, because – well – their lenses don’t come out every year.

  1. 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 lens (no, not lense) is right for you.

Moment - Anamorphic Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Macro Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - 15mm Fisheye Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Tele 58mm Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Wide Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Anamorphic Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Macro Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - 15mm Fisheye Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Tele 58mm Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Wide Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
$149.99
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$79.99
$119.99
$119.99
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Moment - Anamorphic Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Anamorphic Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
$149.99
Moment - Macro Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Macro Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
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Moment - 15mm Fisheye Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - 15mm Fisheye Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
$79.99
Moment - Tele 58mm Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Tele 58mm Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
$119.99
Moment - Wide Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
Moment - Wide Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
$119.99

Moment Wide 18mm Lens

Moment Wide 18mm Lens

Moment

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…

The Moment Wide lens is ideal for every day both and filmmakers while remaining both easy enough to handle for even first-time Moment users and high performing enough for the smartphone photography professionals.

So, what’s it best used for?

Well, it’s great for capturing those legendary landscapes, sun-basked interiors, poignant portraits, and delectable spreads.

That’s some serious range in a smartphone photography 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. The lens does have a certain 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 just what the quirk and character are all about.

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.

It’s the standout of this Moment lens review…

Moment Tele Lens 58 mm

Moment Tele Lens 58 mm

Moment

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 wide side of a dual lens and approximately 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 with
  • 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.”

A number of industry experts agree, however, that the Moment Tele Lens is their least impressive lens…

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 newer 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 may not be the case.

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 are 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

Moment

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.

This 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 certainly 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 exactly 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

Moment

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 awesome, with only 10x magnification there is a little room for improvement.

Especially when the competition is churning out 15x and 20x magnification…

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. This means just get close and shoot – the detail comes out every time. While this fixed focal distance is largely positive, it does force you to get really close.

Like one inch away close.

This isn’t great if you’re trying to shoot something that doesn’t want to be shot (like, I don’t know, any animal at all…).

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

Moment

Moment Anamorphic Lens Specs:
  • 1.33x magnification
  • 2:40:1 Cinemascope
  • 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 pretty much have to agree with their description of the Moment Anamorphic Lens to a tee. Phone videography is something we’re pretty into.

Oh, and the lens’s flairs add an awesome touch to photos that are totally unique to Moment. Based on reading up on the anamorphic lens we can only assume the flairs come from cylindrical optics and efficient vintage style anti-reflection lens coatings.

Essentially this means that Moment has designed a lens more 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 flairs 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 a Hollywood movie.

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

Moment - Anamorphic Lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus Camera Phones
  • The Moment Anamorphic Lens works with iPhone, Pixel, Galaxy and OnePlus Phones. Compatible with the new Iphone11 (cases coming to Amazon soon). This product includes a lens, lens cap, microfiber bag and a hex tool.
  • This product REQUIRES you to purchase a Moment Case OR Battery Photo Case to attach the lens to your phone. Mounts over either lens on dual lens phones enabling nearly limitless creativity.
  • The Anamorphic lens is the holy grail of filmmaking. Sweet horizontal flares and that wide screen, letterboxes look. It’s 1.33x design brings the organic look and character of 2:40:1. it’s like shooting a wider focal length in the horizontal direction and a longer focal length in the vertical. Works with the Moment Pro Camera App to de-squeeze the image when shoot video and photos.
  • Moment makes the highest quality attachment lenses on the market. Made with aerospace grade metal and the same hand-polished glass used for high-end 4K film lenses.
  • We backup our products with a lifetime warranty, great customer service and a 100% satisfaction guarantee with free shipping and returns. Ask us how to get set up with a Moment gear guide.

THE FINAL WORD IN THIS MOMENT LENS REVIEW – THE COMPANY AND THE PRODUCTS

Moment Logo

Moment

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

What started out 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 smartphone 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.

WHERE DO THEY GO FROM HERE?

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, in order 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 good even more so.

Last update on 2020-06-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API