Which Moment Lens Should You Buy?

Read about all of the Moment lenses and which is right for you, including the Wide 18mm, Tele 58mm, Fisheye 14mm, Macro 10x, and Anamorphic lens.

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Moment Lenses for Mobile

Are you thinking about buying a Moment lens for your smartphone camera? Or do you already own a Moment lens and you’re wondering which lens to get next?

We've got you covered.

Following dozens of hands-on testing with nearly 50 different smartphone lenses over the course of 4 years in unique corners all over the world, Wirecutter believes Moment’s Wide 18mm and Tele 58mm lenses to be the best for mobile-photography enthusiasts who like to use their smartphone as a substitute for their DSLR. While our lenses do tend to be on the "higher" priced side of the smartphone lens market, we believe that our quality craftsmanship cannot be beat and proudly reflect this kind of execution in our prices.

When thinking about buying one of our lenses, keep this in mind..

  • The quality of the lens, especially the number of glass elements and the quality of photos it shoots on your device.
  • How it attaches and detaches from the phone.
  • The kinds of photos and videos you wish to take and what the aspects of each lens will help you achieve your needs.

Oh and if you want a second source, take a look at Wirecutter’s Mobile Lens review. Now, let’s dive into the 5 specific lenses...

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Wide 18mm Lens

Our Go-To Popular Lens

Range: 2x As Wide

When To Use It: Made for the everyday photographer and filmmaker, first-time Moment users, and those capturing landscapes, interiors, kids, and table top scenes. Capture landscapes, interiors, and people without cutting out the important details. Get a table-top shot of your brunch table without standing on a chair. Capture the entire sunset from the top of your hike, not just part of it. Document kids and pets without having to back up and missing the moment in the process.

Overview: The New Wide Lens is our go-to everyday lens for mobile photographers and filmmakers. It’s updated cinema-quality glass and wide angle design allow your phone to capture 2x more picture. The most advanced lens we’ve ever made, the New Wide Lens captures smartphone photos and videos that are beautiful, crisp, and straight with no wide-angle distortion. It's a must if you're filming at all on your phone, since the phone camera crops in on video. A little known fact about the Wide Lens is that you can focus on objects only a couple inches away, getting details that are way too close for the native camera to focus on. This is the most versatile and best option as your first Moment lens purchase. And just like the rest of our lenses, it's interchangeable so you can use it on multiple devices.

What a Photographer Thinks: "This is the best lens for my phone, period." - @natalieallenco


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Tele 58mm Lens

The Closest Things to a DSLR on your Phone

Range: 4x Closer On A Dual Lens Phone when used with our Moment Pro Camera App.

When To Use It: Photographers who want close-up landscapes, action, and portraits. Filmmakers who want that compressed look. Capture the deer on your hike, the action on a soccer field, or the skyline from your hotel window. Its natural depth of field becomes even more dramatic when shooting on the newest devices.

Overview: This telephoto lens has aged into an amazing portrait lens. Sharp in the center with natural drop-off on the edges, you can capture more intimate shots of people, nature, and still life scenes. Its 58mm focal length will get you closer to the subject without having to zoom in. This bad boy is the perfect companion when traveling so you can capture your new surroundings from afar without the pixelation of digital zoom.

What a Photographer Thinks: "I seriously cannot believe this was shot on a phone." - @taylormarierene


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Anamorphic Lens

The Holy Grail of Filmmaking

Range: Normal viewfinder, but gives off delicious flares and an unbeatable cinematic touch.

Who’s It For: Perfect for any filmmaker or photographer who likes cinematic stills. Now you can shoot like the pros, on your phone. Cylindrical optics and efficient vintage style anti-reflection lens coatings create the highly desired horizontal flares associated with vintage anamorphic lenses.

Overview: Our anamorphic lens is the sexiest product we’ve ever made. This is the holy grail of filmmaking. Sweet horizontal flares and that widescreen, letterboxed look. Typically super expensive, we made anamorphic affordable. These cinematic flares can be either blue or gold depending on the light source.

What a Filmmaker Thinks: "This lens is absolutely beautiful and captures scenes in all of their glory. I love it." - @tristanervin_


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Pixel 4XL w/ Moment Fisheye 14mm Nightsight

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Fisheye 14mm Lens

The Ultra-Wide Perspective

Range: 14mm Focal Length

When To Use It: Tight scenes won’t be cut off, landscapes will appear larger than life, and cropped video will become a thing of the past. It's incredibly useful if you're taking selfies or vlogging, filming yourself doing sports, and a really fun tool for filming vertical Instagram stories. Made for creatives who want to pack a lot into the frame—filmmakers, documentary-style photographers, athletes, architects, vloggers, Instagram users. 

Overview: This lens is what a full frame fisheye because it allows you to use the full image sensor on the latest camera phones, like the iPhone 11, with no dark corners or vignetting. This means you get a crisp image edge to edge, using 15% more of the image sensor than Moment’s Fisheye 15mm. This lens is also sharper than ultra wide, especially on the edges. This is due to the additional elements of bi-aspheric glass, an all new optical design, and the fact that the lens mounts over the built-in wide lens letting in 25% more light on top of a higher resolution camera. Best of all, it works in Night mode when an ultra wide lens does not. This is, no doubt, the widest and sharpest lens you can shoot on a phone.

What a Filmmaker Thinks: "Aspheric glass, crisp edge to edge, this lens is amazing" - @nilesgrey


Interior shots with zero distortion.

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Fisheye 15mm Lens

The Ultra-Wide Perspective

Range: 15mm Focal Length

When To Use It: For any super wide perspectives. This lens is like shooting with a GoPro, expect you don’t have to carry around a dedicated camera. The aspherical design of the Fisheye 15mm provides a 170 degree field of view, providing maximum width and controlled distortion. We also minimized the edge curvature on this lens so you get the width without the black ring around the edge.

Overview: Keep in mind this lens was optimized for 2018 phones and earlier, which relied on a different base focal length. To maximize the edge to edge clarity we recommend the Fisheye 15mm lens for camera phones created 2018 and prior, and our new Fisheye 14mm for anything newer. What makes this lens amazing is the aspherical design that allows you to get the widest possible shot with a classic fisheye look and no black ring around the edge. Ideal for action, architecture, and crazy portraits, the Fisheye 15mm is cheaper and easier than carrying a dedicated action camera.

What a Filmmaker Thinks: "Aspheric glass, crisp edge to edge, this lens is amazing" - @nilesgrey


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Macro 10x Lens

The Up Close and Personal

Range: 10x as close

When To Use It: Made for nature photographers, food porn lovers, and creatives who obsess over the details. Marvel at the details of a ladybug in your garden or inspect the intricacies of a handmade piece of jewelry.

Overview: Great for extreme close-ups of flowers, insects, food, and other objects with fine detail. Different from traditional macro photography, this lens has a fixed focal distance and works about an inch away from the subject to capture rich textures, materials, and living things that our phones (and eyes!) were never before capable of seeing. It works like a little magnifying glass on your phone. With the sharpest glass imaginable and most impressive bokeh you can capture with your phone, the Moment Macro Lens is perfect for getting lost in the tiny details.

What a Photographer Thinks: "Capture every fleeting detail" - Reign of Colors


'Til Next Time!

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