Today there are countless tools you can use to capture our surroundings and share what we see in our daily life. These tools range from average quality to top of the line digital and film cameras; however the purpose remains the same, to #makemoments.
I can't claim to be the most traveled person, nor can I claim to be someone who is always on the move around my city. What I can claim is that I like to find more efficient ways to capture high quality content. When WiFi-SD cards became a thing, I was eager to test and purchase one - I ended up with a 32GB Transcend WiFi-SD card and never looked back. For awhile I was happy with transferring images from my Nikon D800 to my iPhone via WiFi, but that became somewhat of an inconvenience. It is inconvenient in the sense that I don't prefer to carry my heavy DSLR around all the time just to capture "the shot". YES you cannot get the same quality, YES my D800 is far superior and YES I am whining about it being heavy - but you'll understand my point soon.
When planning recent trips to Mexico and Jamaica, I always debated whether or not to bring my DSLR along. It has definitely paid off to have a great camera and tripod during a leisure trip, but I think with the advancements in camera gear that a more convenient way exists... So I decided to do some research and find an alternative that would somewhat match the quality and versatility of my D800.
While looking I found a few options that would make a great "travel" camera. Sony produces many mirrorless cameras that can certainly get the job done such as the Sony RX100 IV, but then there is the price. Do I reaaaaaaally need to blow $500-$1000 on another camera? I'd rather use that money to buy another lens for my Nikon or even invest it in a drone. So I went back to the drawing board.
Like you, I like to browse Instagram, not only for inspiration, but to find the latest apps and products. That is how I stumbled across Moment Lens. These guys really nailed it [I think] when it comes to making solid products that truly delivers. During my search in finding the perfect on-the-go camera, I realized I own it already. My iPhone 6+ camera is all I really need to capture the world around me when my DLSR is not an option - however, its off the shelf capabilities just needed some upgrades. The team at Moment offer a solid set of lenses to push your phone's capabilities further, including wide angle, telephoto and macro lenses as well as their phone case.
I really wanted to expand my iPhone's range, so I decided to start off with Moment's 18mm lens. This lens adds twice as much wide reach than stock while eliminating unwanted vignettes or dramatic distortions. When purchasing a lens, you will also receive a metal plate that attaches to your phone with double sided tape [it's included and is easy to install]. The lens then screws on the plate and you're ready to shoot.
Now onto the case. Do you need to buy the case? Maybe. You can certainly use the lens with the metal plate forever and not have any significant issues. What really attracted me to buying the case was transforming my iPhone into my new camera - let me explain: A. I wanted to have a new camera that would be easy to carry on-the-go and didn't inconvenience me with weight or size, B. I wanted something that had a smart design and specifically crafted toward a professional photographer, and C. I wanted to have my images accessible instantly and ready to edit using apps [like Priime]. So purchasing the Moment case would mean that my iPhone would be hanging on my neck [like a DSLR], it would be ready to go whenever I need it, and having the case on would also serve as a barrier in case of an accidental drop.
The case's shutter button suddenly transforms your iPhone into a solid camera. This feature alone makes the whole setup come together. In addition to the shutter button, it's strap mounting points allow users to use most DSLR straps. The case is made with a rubbery material that gives it the perfect balance of grip + support. Also, remember the metal mounting plate that comes with a lens purchase? When you purchase the the case it serves as the mounting point for your lens, which means nothing needs to be taped to your phone. Huge bonus.
Thanks for reading and remember to keep an eye out for more product reviews by Tim and myself. Below is a set gallery of sample images taken with the Moment rig if you're curious. You can also check more out on my Instagram @sebasmarin.
Words & Images: Sebastian