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Moment Lenses review: These top-notch iPhone camera lenses are a traveler's dream

Emily Price | April 7, 2015
The iPhone makes for a pretty good camera on its own, but adding an additional lens can really help your photos shine. Moment's $100 Wide Lens and $100 Tele Lens offer something a little different--unlike other iPhone camera lenses that sit on top of your phone, Moment's lenses attach to your iPhone's lens using a special plate. It's a thin, strong piece of metal that adheres to the back of your phone like a sticker and allows you to screw on different lenses similar to how you might with a DSLR. Perhaps that's why Moment had no trouble reaching its Kickstarter funding goal for this pair of lenses in 2014.

The iPhone makes for a pretty good camera on its own, but adding an additional lens can really help your photos shine. Moment's $100 Wide Lens and $100 Tele Lens offer something a little different — unlike other iPhone camera lenses that sit on top of your phone, Moment's lenses attach to your iPhone's lens using a special plate. It's a thin, strong piece of metal that adheres to the back of your phone like a sticker and allows you to screw on different lenses similar to how you might with a DSLR. Perhaps that's why Moment had no trouble reaching its Kickstarter funding goal for this pair of lenses in 2014. 

While the lenses really do help you take better photos, its innovative mounting solution leaves something to be desired. 

Setting up 

Installing the Moment lenses' adhesive plate doesn't take much time at all. This plate-based installation system offers a huge advantage for early adopters who always have the latest iPhone model — the lenses are interchangeable between devices, so instead of upgrading to buy new lenses at $100 a pop, you just have to buy a new $10 plate matched to your new iPhone. The downside, of course, is that you have to semi-permanently attach the mounting plate to your iPhone. If you decide down the line that you don't want to use the lenses anymore, you'll have to heat it up using a hair dryer in order to get it off your device — it won't just peel off. That means you have to be pretty committed to the lenses before you install the plate. 

I have a silver iPhone 6, so the black plate really stands out — enough that, aesthetically speaking, I might be reluctant to walk around with my iPhone case-less while it's still on there. That said, the metal is thin enough for a case to fit right over it. If you are a case user, then the plate will blend right in.

I tried the Moment lenses with Apple's Leather Case for the iPhone 6 as well as comparably sized cases by Hex, Reach 79, Sonix, and Speck. The Speck cases were the only ones I had issues with. The cutout in the case for the camera is a bit too deep, and I was unable to screw on the lenses with the case still on. You're likely to have a similar problem with other thicker cases, so it's worth checking out Moment's list of compatible cases. Since you likely won't be using the lenses all the time — they're more of a "for special occasions" type of accessory — you could just take your case off before using them. Still, it's something to keep in mind.

 

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