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New ‘Moment’ Smartphone Lenses Claim Unmatched Image and Build Quality

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Considering the plethora of smartphone lens add-ons on the market, it will probably surprise you to learn that new kid on the block Moment and their two lenses for iPhone and Galaxy devices achieved full funding in just ONE DAY. They did this with one simple promise: that these lenses are the world’s best lenses for your phone. Period.

It’s a lofty proclamation to make, but with decades of experience designing and manufacturing cinematic lenses under their belt, the Moment team are confident their product can stand up to the scrutiny this claim will bring.

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Quality, in both construction and results, is the name of the game:

Most existing mobile and iPhone accessory lenses are ok in the center of the frame but degrade quickly towards the edge of the frame. They also exhibit significant chromatic aberration and in most cases, significant geometric distortion.

The Moment optics are different:

We optimized multi-element designs using the same recipe in designing professional cinema glass for HD film. We then fabricate the lens elements in the same high precision optical manufacturing facilities that produce lenses for 4K cinema. We believe we are the first company to integrate such high end glass into mobile lenses.

Here’s the company’s Kickstarter video followed by a few sample photos:

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Moment lenses come in two variations: wide angle and telephoto, both of which are designed and built to feel like premium glass… albeit miniaturized. The wide angle lens gives you a 18mm equivalent field of view while the telephoto pushes the iPhone’s ~32mm to 70mm equivalent.

Both lenses attach to the iPhone (4S and newer), iPad (2 and newer) and Galaxy S (2 and newer) devices using a thin metal plate mount that attaches to your phone and allows you to screw the lens in, whether or not you’re using a case.

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As we mentioned at the top, Moment no longer needs your help to become a reality, but we’re sure creator Marc Barros wouldn’t mind your business all the same. So, if you want to learn more about these lenses or put down a pledge of your own ($50 for a lens of your choice or $100 for both), head over to the Kickstarter page by clicking here.


Image credits: All images courtesy of Moment


 
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  • James

    Here’s to the day when Carl Zeiss starts making iPhone lenses.

  • http://www.woodyoneal.com/ Woody ONeal

    iOtus

  • hugh crawford

    ” We believe we are the first company to integrate such high end glass into mobile lenses.”

    https://www.schneideroptics.com/Ecommerce/CatalogSubCategoryDisplay.aspx?CID=1840

    Note that Schneider’s cinema lenses start at $7000 , which seems high end to me.

  • Guest

    Time to throw out my D800e.

  • richard

    Is it me being anal or was the first thing I noticed CHROMATIC ABERRATION. Esp. on the american football shot.

  • http://www.observingtime.com/ agour

    So it’s Lens – smartphone lens – sensor.

    If you have a crappy lens in the middle, surely you can’t increase image quality?

  • hugh crawford

    Of course you can. The Hubble space telescope is one example, eyeglasses are another. If you are making an accessory lens matched to a specific optical system you can actually correct the aberrations found in the original lens. There are many accessory lens systems that work extraordinarily well with a specific lens and look awful when used on other lenses

  • John

    Well, looking at the photos above, it seems like they’ve actually not done that…

  • http://www.observingtime.com/ agour

    ahh interesting cheers!

  • Jake

    I’ll be honest, the first thing I noticed was corner degradation, but maybe only because they mentioned it…?

  • Nem01

    Interesting … but they states that “Both lenses attach to the iPhone (4S and newer), iPad (2 and newer) and Galaxy S (2 and newer)”
    so they can’t be optimized for the smartphone lens because they attach on several different smartphones ..

  • hugh crawford

    I didn’t mean to imply that these people had created an optimized system, but that the generalization that adding more glass to a lens always decreases performance is false.

    Obviously it that were true , then we would be using single element lenses.

  • http://marcbarros.com/ Marc Barros

    Woah, lots of comments. I don’t know how I missed this! Will reply below, sorry I’m 8 days late.

  • http://marcbarros.com/ Marc Barros

    We feel the same way, so we started doing it our selves. It’s an experienced lens design team and a high quality supplier. We hope to make customers really proud and build something great for a very long time.

  • http://marcbarros.com/ Marc Barros

    The lenses perform better than schneider. Will upload some chart shots for people. Even considering these are hand assembled prototypes that will get even better in final production.

  • http://marcbarros.com/ Marc Barros

    We are very close, even with prototypes to an image that doesn’t degrade the image quality of the phone. In using the existing stuff we got frustrated by their lack of image quality so we set out do something much better.