Adding an ultra wide angle lens to the iPhone XS with Moment

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in iPhone edited August 9
Last week we added a 2x zoom to the iPhone XR using Moment. Today we're taking a look at another lens from Moment, an ultra wide angle version that works for both the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

Moment 18mm Wide Lens attached to a Moment Photo Wallet Case
Moment 18mm Wide Lens attached to a Moment Photo Wallet Case


One of my favorite things about the iPhone XS is its dual camera lens setup. It's easily one of the best smartphone cameras that's out in the market right now and the images you can get out of the iPhone are just beautiful.




Three camera setup

There are rumors floating around that the incoming "iPhone 11" Apple is expected to announce at its annual September event may include an ultra wide angle lens to complete a triple camera setup. One of my favorite things about the new Android devices in 2019, such as the Galaxy S10, is the triple camera setup in some of the flagship models, which usually includes an ultra wide angle lens, standard lens, and telephoto lens.

Moment 18mm Wide Lens
Moment 18mm Wide Lens


We're pretty excited for the next iPhone and its new camera technology, but if you just upgraded your phone to an iPhone XS or XR and you're not looking to upgrade once the new phones are out, adding the Moment 18mm lens might be the best move for you if you really want an ultra wide angle camera now.

Moment 18mm Lens with Moment Photo Wallet Case
Moment 18mm Lens with Moment Photo Wallet Case

Superb build quality

Just like Moment's Telephoto lens, the wide angle 18mm lens is made out of high quality aluminum that is cold to the touch. The lens is dense, weighing a significant amount which I'm a big fan of, but some may not like this, even though it's usually taken as an indication of a high quality product.

Moment 18mm Wide Lens
Moment 18mm Wide Lens


The lens is also made out of high quality glass, and Moment doesn't cut corners when producing its optics. They're sharp and don't add noticeable chromatic aberration, a common problem for lower quality lenses.

Moment's lenses require the use of the company's iPhone case, which we mentioned previously is a great concept, because you can adapt these lenses to older iPhones, or whatever iPhone case Moment produces.

New perspective

Shooting with the wide angle lens is super straightforward. You can attach the lens to the case, open the stock camera app and start shooting, or you can buy the Moment app which gives you more granular controls like Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance, or set the photo format to TIFF or RAW.

Whenever I'm shooting photos with my Moment lenses I'm always shooting with the Moment app, but you can use whatever app you'd like.



Moment App
Moment App


I personally wasn't a big fan of third-party iPhone lenses, but once I gave them a try, I've changed my outlook. I always bring them with me even if it's only for a short trip or a weekend getaway because they do come in handy in situations where I can't bring my mirrorless camera with me.

Where to buy

The Moment 18mm Wide Angle Lens is available for $119.99 at B&H Photo and Amazon.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 2
    I would love if Apple would release a future iPhone with bayonets for third party lenses. 
    virtualshift
  • Reply 2 of 2
    I have found my Zeiss ExoLens (18mm eq, unfortunately discontinued) to be a favourite and most useful accessory. I use the Moment counterweight for it on an Osmo Mobile 2 and the build quality of both seem truly excellent.

    The Zeiss is a very different (flush front glass) design and offers a filter attachment although in practice it is so wide vignetting can be noticeable with most filters.

    The optical quality I find remarkable (pin sharp corners and no barrel distortion) and would be most curious how the Moment compares ?

    The other challenge seems auto cropping of video, presumably based on the stabilization that I have not found a way to eliminate - obviously paying a premium for wide angle and then having such cropped is less than ideal...?

    I look forward to any rumoured Apple option as well...

    edited August 9
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