Apr 18, 2019 at 8:57 pm #3589452eric stephensonBPL Member
Is anyone using Moment lenses on their smartphone for stills or video?
This year I am planning to run with a newish iPhone (iphone X) and some external lenses. I finally think phone cameras are “good enough” for my purposes, especially considering the phone is also good for sat comms (inReach Mini), navigation, entertainment, etc.
If you’ve done anything with Moment lenses and have an opinion or can point me to some sample work, please weight in!
EricApr 18, 2019 at 10:58 pm #3589476eric stephensonBPL Member
Edit: I guess the lens I’m really interested in is the anamorphic. Looks like it would be fun for backcountry video.Apr 19, 2019 at 4:02 am #3589511Rex SandersBPL Member
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
Tried the first-generation Moment lenses (tele and wide) on an iPhone 6+. Pretty good for photos, almost useless with video. Seemed to mess with how the iPhone automagically does everything. Probably would have worked fine with locked-down settings in Filmic Pro, but one more feature stopped that experiment.
The first-gen lenses could attach with a stick-on lens mount. However, the edges on that mount were so sharp, they cut holes in my pockets!
The second-gen lenses abandoned the stick-on mount, using only the Moment case. I might try them again – IF I can stand having a case on my phone.
Don’t know anything about the anamorphic lens. Seems like post-production would be a pain.
The Moment web site has tons of videos from happy customers. YMMV.
— RexApr 19, 2019 at 1:11 pm #3589537Eli NBPL Member
I also tried these with the first-generation stick-on mount. Not only were they sharp enough to tear holes in pockets (and bags), I think mine stayed on for maybe a few days before it peeled off. The company was not very cooperative in warrantying this part after it failed, so I have not been inclined to give them more money to see if their new mount is better.Apr 19, 2019 at 1:32 pm #3589539Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
curious so I googled, I’m sure you’ve already done this
The moment lens squeezes the image sideways onto the camera sensor so you get a wider field of view. Then you have post production software to unsqueeze. The software is pretty easy to use.
So, you have less resolution in the sideways direction. The effective pixel size is bigger. It looks a little less sharp, probably not a big deal.
But you get the wider field of view so it looks like expensive video equipment. “So why would you want to do this? The short answer: style. Anamorphic lenses offer fashionable lens flares for those looking for a bit more visual flourish.”
Only works on Apple. They had a bunch of sample photos.Apr 20, 2019 at 1:59 am #3589641Rex SandersBPL Member
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
mine stayed on for maybe a few days before it peeled off.
In contrast, it took quite a bit of time and patience to peel my mount off after more than three years of firm attachment. Quality control?
— RexApr 20, 2019 at 2:23 am #3589646Ryan JordanAdmin
@ryanLocale: Central Rockies
I use the current generation Moment tele (58mm) and the wide (18mm) on an XS. The wide has soft corners, the tele is excellent all around, especially when combined with 2x mag on the phone’s camera.
I use them mainly for photography and motion timelapses, and maybe collecting some B-roll shots here and there. And mostly the tele. I rarely use the wide. Haven’t tried the anamorphic, the idea of another post production step isn’t really worth it to me right now.
I’ve had great interactions with their support team, and Niles (one of the guys you see on a lot of their videos) is an old friend, which is how I found Moment in the first place. He used to be at GoPro, and brings some great experience to the Moment team. The company has changed a lot in the past 18 months.
It’s a pretty exciting time to watch phone and action cam photography (and especially videography) evolve – this seems to be where the coolest stuff is happening, and it’s all lightweight!
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