Moment Introduces an Anamorphic Lens For Premium Smartphones

March 29th, 2018
Moment Introduces an Anamorphic Lens For Premium Smartphones

Moment presents their new Kickstarter campaign: The Filmmaker Collection for smartphones which includes some goodies to transform your phone into a “filmmaking machine”. We all know that a real anamorphic lens costs a fortune and as the pursuit for flares never stops, maybe now we can afford it – at least for our smartphone – as the crown jewel of their kit is the anamorphic lens. 

The Filmmaker Collection

The Filmmaker Collection by Moment, which is now on Kickstarter, includes an iPhoneX battery case, universal gimbal counterweight, filter mount and an anamorphic lens. I must admit that every product in the collection looks solid and when combined it looks rather cool, but of course the highlight of this kit is the supplied anamorphic lens. 

Moment’s anamorphic lens for premium phones

Anamorphic Lens Specifications 

  • Magnification: 1.33x Horizontal Squeeze 
  • Aspect Ratio (video) after de-squeeze: 2.40:1 Cinemascope
  • Lateral Color: Minimized
  • Flare: Vintage style anti-reflection coatings create desirable horizontal flares
  • Orientation: Unidirectional — Mount can be rotated 90 degrees depending on the mobile device
  • Works on Moment supported devices by connecting to a dedicated photo case. Moment offers cases for premium phones (iPhone 6,7,8,X, Galaxy 8,9 and Pixel 1,2)

Other products in Moment’s Kickstarter campaign

iPhone X battery photo case

Wireless-enabled battery photo case with a shutter button and 3,100 mAH battery allows for shooting twice as much video without recharging. The battery photo case is only compatible with iPhone X. 

Gimbal Counterweight

Universal counterweight which is compatible with most major gimbals. 

Filter Mount

The Filter Mount lets you attach a standard 62mm filter to any of your Moment lenses.

The very long (about 25 minutes) Kickstarter video is 99% focused on the lens itself. Moment knows that the lens is the main product here, as stated:

“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. Now you can shoot like the pros, on your phone.”

Watch the whole campaign video: 

Prices

There are a lot of different combinations available for purchase when backing the project. Head to the Moment Kickstarter campaign for more information and planned final prices.

Note that in order to attach the anamorphic lens to your smartphone, you will need to purchase the case for supported phones (iPhone 6,7,8,X, Galaxy 8,9 and Pixel 1,2), meaning that you have to purchase both, the case and the lens for $145. 

iPhone X users have the option to purchase the lens with the battery case for $199. 

Final thought

From what i’ve seen in several videos, the lens does provide a real and impressive anamorphic look. In order to achieve the same results with a camera, you would need to buy one of SLRmagic’s products or a true anamorphic lens, which is extremely expensive. 

The bottom line here is that this is a lens for smartphones. You get the anamorphic look indeed, but you get a “smartphone look” as well, which is not cinematic at all. Not that this is always a bad thing – take for example Steven Soderbergh’s “Unsane” that was shot with Moment products on the iPhone 7 and is currently in theaters. 

What are your thoughts on this lens? Is it just as a gimmick or can you see yourself using it in a professional way? 

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Brian Aichlmayr
Brian Aichlmayr
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Andres need a new toy for your toy next week? ANAMORPHIC CAT VIDEOS! FTW

Andres Quintero
Andres Quintero
GuestMarch 29th, 2018

Bahahaha

James Morano
James Morano
GuestMarch 29th, 2018

Can’t wait for this! I guess you’ll have to shoot using anamorphic mode on the Filmic app.

James Desira
James Desira
GuestMarch 29th, 2018

Works well with this app: Raw! Video Pro Film Camera by Procypher Software Co.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/raw-video-pro-film-camera/id1180058748?mt=8

Tim de la Torre
Tim de la Torre
GuestMarch 29th, 2018

How is this different or better than other 1.33 anamorphic lenses already made for the iPhone?

BOUNCE
MemberMarch 30th, 2018

The Moondig labs anamorphic does not work with iPhone X. So right now this is the only option unless you want to cage your iPhone X and adapt an anamorphic lens to it.

akos
MemberApril 3rd, 2018

Incorrect….i left you info on your next comment to Sergio below, where you are repeating yourself telling people here, that it is not compatible with the iPhone x , when indeed it is compatible…read at Sergio comment…below

akos
MemberApril 3rd, 2018

1) Behind the Moondoglabs company are the 2 founders, both senior optical engineers, ex Zeiss and ex Kodak. WIth multiple decade long experiences designing glass for the leading lens manufacturers there are.
anything the will manufacture will most likely be flawless as a consequence.
-> the Moments people are junior engineers and seem to be skateboarders above all. Not sure if that speaks for itself, that they would be able to make a great anamorphic lens.
I own all their wide-angle lenses, and they are simply incredibly overpriced, but also incredibly well packaged and top notch advertised for. Performance wise, they are as good as most cheap wide angle lenses for iPhones out there.
2) the Glass Moondoglabs use is extremely sharp, where the Moments anamorphic lens will have to be tested first, to see how well it will perform at 4k.
3) the flares, (many people seem to think that’s key), are smooth and beautiful with the moondoglabs. The flares I saw on the moment lens anamorphic videos they show, are very, VEEERRRYYY sharp-edged, like cuts. this is usually a bad thing. but again, this needs to be tested properly first.

I am excited to see another company entering the anamorphic market though, and i congratulate MOMENTS people to have made a million dollar raise on Kickstarter in just a few days… WOW!

Sergio
Sergio
MemberMarch 29th, 2018

What advantage does this have over Moondog Labs anamorphic?

BOUNCE
MemberMarch 30th, 2018

Works with iPhone X.

akos
MemberApril 3rd, 2018

Moondoglabs also works with iPhone X !… the third party case is actually only 7 $ for that iPhone x .. and it works like a charm, super fast to put on the lens and taking it off again… let me know if you need more info where to buy it etc… ALSO: this month also Moondoglabs will come out with their own version of the iPhone x case for their ana lens. So check their website regularly.

Here an email from one of the Founders & Partners there, who are ex Zeiss and ex Kodak senior optical Engineers:

Hi Akos –
Thanks for your message – we have obviously been watching this Kickstarter campaign closely, and see the same expanding interest in mobile filmmaking that you note below. That interest is opening up opportunities to do some even more creative things, and we have some great ideas in the works!

Best,
Julie

Julie Gerstenberger
Moondog Labs
1 (585) 445-7350 (O)
1 (585) 281-5484 (M)
[email protected]
http://www.moondoglabs.com

Iván Marambio Pinto
Iván Marambio Pinto
GuestMarch 30th, 2018

Eluney Conexión ?

Eluney Conexión
Eluney Conexión
GuestMarch 30th, 2018

Esto es maravilloso yo lo quiero !!! ????♥️♥️♥️♥️

Oscar M
MemberMarch 30th, 2018

Moondog has been making this for years ???

Tyler Sinclair
Tyler Sinclair
GuestMarch 30th, 2018

Sam Thomas can finally film anamorphic ?

Sam Thomas
Sam Thomas
GuestMarch 30th, 2018

Right, I’m reshooting my film

Tyler Sinclair
Tyler Sinclair
GuestMarch 30th, 2018

Sam Thomas anyone with sense would

 Bernard Shaw
Bernard Shaw
MemberMarch 31st, 2018

Moondog will have a special iPhone X version this coming month. They are a proven product and have an excellent customer service.

 Dan Brockett
Dan Brockett
MemberApril 1st, 2018

Guess I’m the outlier. Anamorphic is pointless for almost all filmmakers and really serves no purpose other than an expensive and hassle filled process. What purpose does anamorphic have in YouTube and web formats?

I recently watched a comedy on Netflix that was lensed by a very talented DP. But the director made the decision to shoot a low budget comedy in Anamorphic? Anamorphic was totally distracting, the oval bokeh and distracting flares looked stupid for a comedy. Anamorphic is a tool and when used correctly the right projection, on a large screen in a properly equipped theater with subject matter where the anamorphic look and aspect ratio compliments the story, it can be brilliant.

Goofing around with it for YouTube on your phone, whatevs, if that’s what you want to spend time and money pursuing. For low to medium budget projects, I’d rather hire a pro sound mixer, boom op and post audio team and make sure the sound is really good than mess with anamorphic, but that’s just me.

I like Moment stuff, I have their case and wide angle lens for my iPhone 8 Plus and it’s the bomb. And I don’t blame them for making this, it’ll sell on novelty alone but I just question people’s understanding of what anamorphic is and where it is an advantage in telling a story visually versus a hipster affectation.

 Dose Silveri
Dose Silveri
MemberApril 4th, 2018

So from what I can tell, this isn’t an anamorphic lens. Correct me if I’m wrong but from what I saw this doesn’t actually squeeze the image and change the bokeh. It just makes flares like a fishing line on a dslr lens right?¿

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