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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 wide angle lens captured the entire crowd gathered to watch a Chinese New Year performance and made it possible for me to take a picture of the entire Ferry Building while standing across the street. There's a bit of vignetting on the corners of the images, but nothing that couldn't be easily removed in a photo editor or with a little cropping.

Bottom line

The Moment lenses made a very obvious improvement in my photos, and I wouldn't hesitate to throw them in my purse anytime I was headed out for a similar casual afternoon. Likewise, the lenses could be a great solution for travelers, who want to take high-quality shots but don't want to lug a full-sized camera along with them all day.

The stick-on plate, however, means you need to be committed to using the lenses, something that might be a bit more of a hassle than it's worth for everyday use.

 

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