March 27, 2018

Moment Unveils New $150 Anamorphic Lens for Smartphones

Moment is heading back to Kickstarter to bring horizontal lens flares and ultra-wide aspect ratios to your mobile filmmaking.

Moment, the company that has been providing high-quality glass for smartphone filmmaking since 2014, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to introduce a brand new collection of gear tailored for filmmakers looking to capture more cinematic images.

The Moment Filmmaker Collection consists of four new products, including a battery photo case, a gimbal counterweight, and a 62mm filter mount. However, the most exciting piece included in the collection (and the reason we're all here) is a $150 anamorphic lens that will produce more the horizontal lens flares and oval-shaped bokeh balls than you can shake a monopod at.

Check out Moment's campaign video below to learn more:

Moment lenses are truly great, well-made, robust smartphone lenses, in my opinion. Having backed their first campaign back in 2014, swooping up one of their wide and tele lenses, I can say that I've been very pleased with the images that have come out of my phone. (In fact, I kept my old iPhone 5s around just so I could keep shooting with them.) So, suffice it to say that I'm personally looking forward to get my hands on one of these things before the campaign ends to see how it fares in the real world. And no, this isn't an ad for Moment; they just made really, really good smartphone lenses that work well for making films.

It's especially exciting to see Moment zeroing in on their filmmaker user base and giving them something that no one other than Moondog Labs has given them: a lens that lets them shoot anamorphic. (Seriously, the anamorphic lens from Moondog Labs is amazing, too...I've shot with one for several years. Sean Baker used one to shoot Tangerine, so you should definitely check it out.)

Two YouTube filmmakers that we like to cover a lot, Peter McKinnon and Matti Haapoja, got to get up close and personal with the Moment anamorphic lens and decided to release their own videos today that not only put the lens to the test but also go over what all the fuss is about when it comes to shooting anamorphic. Check both videos out below:

Tech Specs

  • Magnification : 1.33x Horizontal Squeeze 
  • Aspect Ratio (video) after de-squeeze: 2.40:1 Cinemascope
  • Lateral Color: Minimized
  • Distortion: Yes please
  • Flare: Vintage style anti-reflection coatings create desirable horizontal flares
  • Orientation: Unidirectional — Mount can be rotated 90 degrees depending on mobile device

The items in the Moment Filmmaker Collection are not super cheap but you can get some Earlybird deals if you make a pledge on the Kickstarter. The anamorphic lens by itself will go for $150 retail, however you can get it for $119 if you order before the end of the campaign. Another option for those who are wanting to just dive headfirst into mobile filmmaking is choosing the "Everything Kit" reward, which, for $1000, gets you the entire Filmmaker Collection (anamorphic lens, battery photo case, gimbal counterbalance 2.0, and filter mount), as well as $1500 store credit to choose Moment add-ons, including other Moment lenses.

Head on over to Moment's Kickstarter campaign to learn more.     

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I'm looking forward to this. I also have the Moondog Labs anamorphic adapter. I made this desqueezing tutorial back when the Moondog Labs adapter came out: https://vimeo.com/95705282

March 27, 2018 at 8:37PM, Edited March 27, 8:37PM

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March 27, 2018 at 8:39PM

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Good for Moment and its products! An anamorphic lens can not be so complex and expensive. This is the thing I don't understand: in this days of "free market", cheap Chinese products and so on, why an anamorphic lens for a regular camera is so expensive?
These days a lot of people have a GH5 or similar cameras, they shoot videos and have to put black bands to get the 2,40:1 aspect ratio. An anamorphic lens is just a lens with a glass with a different shape (cylindrical) on the front. The "solutions" we can find in the market are so expensive and bad. There is technology to make it easy and cheap. The use of Iscorama lenses from old projectors is ridiculous, but tell us there is a market for that kind of product. Besides, an anamorphic lens for a GH5 could solve the problem of the lack of wide angle lenses for micro forth thirds cameras.

March 28, 2018 at 7:57AM

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Simply put: anamorphic lenses are difficult to design, require costly cylindrical glass elements, and are in low demand when compared to ordinary spherical lenses... which is why anamorphic lenses will continue to be expensive. The technology to manufacture cheap anamorphic lenses is not here yet and anamorphic lenses (being specialized cine lenses) will always be more difficult to design thus adding to the cost.

March 29, 2018 at 11:33AM

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a c n
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Interesting that their cases do not have a tripod mount or hot shoe. Beastgrip came out with their own anamorphic lens too though priced pretty high. If moment can come out with a better base beastgrip will be in serious trouble.

March 28, 2018 at 10:39AM

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To gain a true anamorphic image you need to record onto a 4:3 aspect ratio sensor with a 2x squeeze anamorphic lens which after de-squeezing the image will give you a 2.4:1 widescreen anamorphic image. This product records onto a 16:9 sensor and has a smaller 1.33x squeeze ratio to give you a 2.4:1 widescreen anamorphic image. Without either a 1.5x to 2x anamorphic squeeze lens you are losing most of the look (unique anamorphic depth of field and unique bokeh). ...Not to mention that the flares are pretty basic and uninspiring... Might as well buy a slr magic adapter for a proper camera instead of this product.

March 29, 2018 at 11:17AM, Edited March 29, 11:17AM

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a c n
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C'è un legame speciale tra madre e figli che non può mai essere risolto. Una madre che non ama mai meno e Poesia Della Mamma si prende cura dei suoi figli e dà sempre lo stesso amore e cura a tutti i suoi figli, ma tutti i bambini insieme non potranno mai darle un piccolo amore e affetto come lei nella sua vecchiaia. Anche dopo che lei non ci ha mai frainteso e ci perdona come un bambino piccolo.

March 30, 2018 at 2:46PM

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Javier
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