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iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping
iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

We believe that the future of photography is in our pocket and iPhone 7 takes the next step forward in truly making that a reality. Follow along as we post updates every few days about our progress.

The Latest:

  • iPhone 7 shipping (except Jet Black)
  • iPhone 7+ shipping over the “wide” lens on the phone (except Jet Black)
  • 3D print your own iPhone 7 and 7+ mounting plates here.
  • Moment Case is NOT compatible with iPhone 7 or iPhone 7+, we are working on new cases.


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New iPhone Mounting Plates Arrived

January 11th, 2017 12:17 PM

Good news, we just received first samples of the updated iPhone 7/7+ mounting plates.

Our conclusion is that they work even better than our first iPhone 7/7+ mounting plates, reducing, if not removing, the dark corners.

Keep in mind, we only have eight iPhone 7/7+ devices we can test on, so we can’t guarantee the results on 100% of phones, but we feel good about the results we have achieved. Remember the core problem is a vertical stack problem that is variable to the specific phone, plate, and lens.

Overall the image quality is consistent with iPhone 6/6s and the iPhone 6/6s Plus.

If you want the cliff notes:

  • We received initial iPhone 7/7+ mounting plates. We tested these plates over the last three days, across eight different iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices. That is a small sample size compared to the millions of phones in the market.
  • Through testing, we were able to further confirm that lens movement within the phone is greater on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus than previous devices. This means that photos captured outside are much better than when taken in indoors or in poorly lit environments. Furthermore, shooting on a white wall delivers the worst results because the iPhone 7/7+ is searching for the optimal distance. When this happens, it increases the distance between iPhone glass and Moment glass, increasing dark corners.
  • Overall the results are much better, matching performance of our lenses on iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus. The only way to make any further improvements would be to redesign the lenses.
  • We made 100 of each plate and are shipping those out to initial customers over the coming days, based on who signed up first. The remaining plates will arrive the week of 1/23.

If you appreciate details with photo examples, read below for everything we discovered.

Since our last update, we successfully adjusted the original mounting plate tool, enabling us to make new plates that reduce the physical distance between mount and iPhone glass by about 0.18 mm. This is now the tightest we can make this gap without the risk of the Moment lens touching the iPhone lens.

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Once the new plates arrived, we took them through our standard fit check process, followed by reliability tests to make sure nothing was impacted with the changes. We wanted to make sure the changes didn’t result in any new problems we didn’t anticipate. Good news is the changes didn’t create any new issues, resulting in plates that are just as strong and durable as our existing ones.

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Next, we set up a series of indoor shots comparing iPhone 6/6s to iPhone 7 to iPhone 7+. Because Superfish is our widest lens, we used its FOV to set our working distance. On the white wall, that places us about 10.5 inches away, while the rest of the indoor tests range from inches to several feet. Generally, we tried to pick scenes where the corners matter.

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When comparing the white walls shots, we see that iPhone 6/6s is comparable to iPhone 7, which are both slightly better than 7+. The white wall test is by far the hardest because the phone is constantly searching, trying to find the focal distance between phone and wall. This is especially true when the wall has no texture to provide a sense of depth.

Wide Lens – iPhone 6/6s (ISO 25 – f/2.2 – Shutter 1/30 second)
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Wide Lens – iPhone 7 (ISO 25 – f/1.8 – Shutter 1/60 second )
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Wide Lens – iPhone 7+ (ISO 20 – f/1.8 – Shutter 1/60 second)
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Picking a secondary scene, we ran through each lens, comparing iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7+. The results are better than white wall tests as the phone quickly finds the center focal point. Again iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 7 performed slightly better.

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Wide Lens – iPhone 7 (ISO 32 – f/1.8 – shutter 1/60 second )
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Wide Lens – iPhone 7+ (ISO 25 – f/1.8 – Shutter 1/40 second)
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Lastly we spent a few days around Seattle picking different scenes to test the corners, across all the lenses. This overpass location on a cloudy day delivered the worst results. In comparison to the white wall or the indoor scene, being outside delivered the best images.

Wide Lens – iPhone 6/6s (ISO 25 – f/2.2 – Shutter 1/120 second)
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Wide Lens – iPhone 7 (ISO 20 – f/1.8 – shutter 1/610 second)
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Wide Lens – iPhone 7+ (ISO 20 – f/1.8 – Shutter 1/1250 second)
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Our overall conclusion is that the mounting plate changes worked to deliver the best possible performance we can reach on iPhone 7 and 7+. With this design, we are at the very edge of the pixels available in the phone. The only way to deliver even better performance is to redesign the lenses.

Next steps is we’re sending out the first 100 mounting plates tomorrow to customers who signed up first. The remaining plates will begin shipping the week of 1/23.

iPhone 7 / 7+ Vignetting

December 13th, 2016 08:45 AM

iPhone 7 and 7+ mounting plates are shipping. It’s been exciting to finally see them in the hands of real customers.

With the new mounts however, some customers have been experiencing vignetting in the corners of their picture. This is best described as light shadowing in the corners of the photo.

If customers experience vignetting, we first point them to this getting started page to make sure they are fully rotating their lens.

Even after properly mounting their lens, some iPhone 7 and 7+ customers are still seeing vignetting in all four corners. These customers have been amazing, working with us to troubleshoot the problem. After about 5 days of research, we think we know what is going on and feel that it’s worth a thorough write-up.

If you want the cliff notes:

  • Some iPhone 7 and 7+ phones are seeing vignetting in all four corners, especially with the Moment Wide.
  • There appear to be size variances in three places that are contributing to the Moment glass being too far away from the glass on the phone. These variances are tenths of millimeters, and we explain them in detail below.
  • In addition to physical variances, optical image stabilization causes the lens in the iPhone moves slightly, especially in low light conditions. This increases the distance between Moment glass and iPhone glass. In these scenarios, the vignetting is more pronounced.
  • We are modifying the mounting plate tool to remove any and all extra space possible, to tighten the gap between the Moment glass and iPhone glass as much as we can.
  • Customers can contact us at hello@momentlens.co if they are experiencing this issue and we will send them a new plate in about 6 weeks when they are ready. We explain below why it takes six weeks to make new plates.

 

If you want the nitty gritty details, follow along below.

iPhone 7 and 7+ represents the 24th and 25th device we have supported with our lenses, which makes us familiar with the required development process. To sum it up, the process is fast, sometimes too fast

In the case of iPhone 7 and 7+ we pre-ordered 8 different phones like everyone else. When those arrived we took them through our lab and in-field testing, much of which we documented weeks ago on this very page. Out of the eight devices we were very pleased with the results, noting consistencies between each of the devices. We were confident enough to announce the lenses would work and to begin producing mounting plates.

Over the last few days we are beginning to find that our eight phones aren’t consistent with all the phones hitting customer’s hands.

The back of each iPhone has a bezel that physically rises above the back of the device, protecting the lens on the phone. Each phone has a drawing released by Apple for accessory companies to use to design cases, which calls out the height of the bezel for the iPhone 7 at 1.10mm and the bezel for the iPhone 7 Plus at 1.31mm.

The bezel height on the 7 phones own and tested are all within 0.05mm which is a typical tolerance, which is why we didn’t expect a wide variance when it came to other iPhones. Unfortunately, once we started testing more phones outside of our office test phones, we realized that the height of the bezel on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can vary up to 0.2mm.

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The variance in bezel height changes the height that the mounting plate sits on the phone, therefore altering the distance between Moment glass and iPhone lens glass. This gap is further compounded by the variances in the height of the Moment mounting plate itself. We design our plate to form around the bezel as tightly as we can, enabling the Moment Lens to sit as close to the phone as possible. The challenge is that the Moment mounting plate has its own manufacturing variances, somewhere between 0.00-0.06mm.

Expecting a bezel height of about 1.10mm on the iPhone 7 and 1.31mm on the iPhone 7 Plus, we designed our mounting plate to take this working distance into account. It turns out the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is much more sensitive to proper alignment, adding to the variances in vignetting customers are experiencing.

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In addition to bezel and mounting plate variances, the Moment lens itself can have slight variances inside. The tolerances between the elements of glass, spacers, and housing can vary the distance of everything up to 0.2mm.

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The end result is that some customers have the worst combination of phone bezel height, mounting plate height, and Moment lens variances. Which is why we have seen a wide range of results from no vignetting (on our own phones) to dark corners on some customers’ phones. The variances in physical distance is impacting the distance between Moment lens glass and iPhone glass, having a direct result on vignetting.

In addition to these physical size variances, it also appears that the optical image stabilizer moves the lens inside the iPhone depending on the shooting conditions. In low light scenarios or when shooting a white wall, we notice that the camera strains more to get the shot, making the lens move ever so slightly. This variance appears to be again increasing the distance and alignment between Moment glass and iPhone glass.

From an engineering point of view, what makes this problem so difficult is that we don’t have any meaningful data on iPhone 7/7+ variance in bezel height, and we have zero understanding of what their lens is doing inside the phone. Not only that, but we only have 7 phones ourselves, making our sample size small against the millions of phones that exist in the market.

Out of everything we tested, the only solution is to adjust the Moment mounting plate as much as possible, which will be only 0.18mm, bringing the Moment lens even closer to the phone. A longer term solution is to redesign our current lens optics to work better with what Apple, Google, and even Samsung are moving towards.

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This new mounting plate will take us about 6-8 weeks to ship because we first must adjust the tool (2-3 weeks), then produce test plates (2-3 weeks), and finally produce enough volume for customers (2-3 more weeks). Our partners have been incredibly gracious in helping us move as quickly as possible.We will continue to post on this page as we make progress on the revised mounting plate.

If you are experiencing vignetting, send us an email at hello@momentlens.co so we can get you on a list for the new mounting plate coming in mid-to-late January.

iPhone 7 Plus Review By Michael Leggero

November 18th, 2016 1:45 PM

Michael Leggero has been a professional photographer and photography instructor for over 20 years. His work has been published in magazines and often in textbooks inspiring young students to learn about the world. Currently he gets the most enjoyment from leading workshops and educating other photographers helping them see and experience nature like they haven’t imagined yet.

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Pros:

  • High quality construction
  • Fantastic optics
  • Easy to use
  • Macro lens is simply amazing

Cons:

  • 3D printed mount must be removed to use dual lenses on iPhone 7 Plus.
  • Zoom is limited using iPhone 7 Plus

I’ve always wanted to do more with my iPhone and as the quality has improved dramatically with the 7 Plus I decided that it was now time to look towards add on lenses. The moment lenses add a huge step in quality and functionality to the iPhone making it even closer to the elimination of my larger equipment.

As most other photographers agree, one of the worst parts of our job is carrying around all that equipment. As a nature photographer every ounce counts when you’re trekking through the mountains so if someday I can rely on just a phone I’ll be in heaven!

On my latest trip I traveled to Gibraltar, the Azores, Bermuda and Northern New York. Yes I know, It’s a weird itinerary but tough, deal with it, ha ha. I’m not one to mince words and I’m pretty blunt so unlike other reviews you’ll read my real opinions and even though it might anger the manufacturer I’ll still be honest.

This trip I tried out 3 lenses that Moment offers. The wide angle, the macro, and the telephoto lens. I used them all on the iPhone 7 Plus.

From the moment the package arrived I was impressed. These are not some cheap pieces of plastic. They have good weight and are obviously manufactured well. The packaging was much more than I expected and was comparable to a product you would get from any other high end company. The company really is proud of their product and it even shows in the boxes they use. You’ll understand when you get yours.

All the optics are glass and if you’re like me and you drop things now and then you won’t have to worry about it falling apart when it hits a pillow, let alone the rocks that are always at my feet. The quality of the glass used is vastly superior to my initial expectations. Often when you put a filter or another optic in front of the lens you will worry about the image quality suffering. This is not the case with the moment lenses. They are sharp, clear and do not distort or degrade the image quality.

The telephoto lens for me was kind of useless with an iPhone 7 Plus. This may not be the same situation for you but as the new phone already has a second lens with a comparable focal length I found myself just using that instead of mounting the moment on. That being said, if you are just using a normal iPhone 7, this telephoto lens would be fantastic for you and would give you the greater reach optically instead of using a digital zoom. Plus if you used the digital zoom on an iPhone 7 you can really get some great reach with this lens.

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The Moment macro lens is a dedicated lens only for macro photography. Some other manufactures make you flip a lens around backwards to use the macro function but I think that’s just a stupid thing to do and to me it seems like it would be a real pain. Moment has an incredibly good product with their macro lens. Until I used it I had no idea how limiting my abilities were with just a normal phone. On the 7 Plus I got so close that I had trouble focusing! The texture and sharpness I achieved with this lens is astounding and I often found myself saying “wow” out loud as I looked at the pictures.

Just like normal macro photography with larger cameras and lenses, you have to use the right technique. You can’t simply hold the camera, point and click and expect great results. Without aperture adjustments for depth of field you will have to rely on focus points being perfect. I highly suggest using a tripod when using this lens.

The lens also has a translucent hood attached to it which balances the light to your subject and eliminates harsh shadows. This is something that even major lens manufacturers like Nikon and Canon haven’t figured out yet! Great job thinking there Moment!

I didn’t find any need to zoom in any closer but if you were using this on a normal iPhone 7 and you used the zoom I can only imagine the amazement of being able to take a photograph of the eye of an ant!

 

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Since most of my photography that I love is landscapes, the wide angle lens was my favorite and most used lens. You may think that your phone already does a great job getting a good perspective, but when you put this lens on you can really get so much in your frame that again, you’ll say “wow.” The sharpness did not suffer one bit even at the outer edges. I did have some problems with vignetting on the 3D printed mount.

This vignetting i think is due to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus using a new camera and a 3D printed plate. The new iPhone 7 phones use a 3.9mm lens vs the 4.15 mm used in the iPhone 6 series. When I tried the lenses with a real mounting plate on an older iPhone 6 I did not see any vignetting. I have no doubt given the high quality of this company already that Moment will fix this with the real mounting plates. Plus there are many apps out there that will eliminate the vignetting for you with simply one click that I don’t see it as an issue to worry about.

 

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After trying all the lenses I can say that I’m very happy and will continue to use them often. I would like to see a small very compact case made that will allow me to carry all of them together instead of just putting them all in my pocket which I do not advise anyone to do, damn us professionals and our bad habits, ha ha ha.

Bottom line, get these lenses, you will be very happy and your photography will improve dramatically. It’s always great to show people your photos and have they exclaim “you took that on an iPhone?!?!”

Remember, you’re not going to be a great photographer sitting and reading these reviews, get up and get out there and take wonderful pictures.

iPhone 7 Plus Review By Mat Rick

November 10th, 2016 2:15 PM

Mat Rick (@matrickphoto) is a world traveling creative that calls NYC and SF home. His latest Momentist story from Cuba is here and over the last two weeks he has been using the 3D printed Moment mount on his iPhone 7 Plus.

Shooting with Moment and the iPhone 7 Plus has given me an incredible amount of portable photographic power. Now that the iOS allows me to shoot RAW, the iPhone 7 Plus camera is 12 megapixels and has better low light sensitivity and I have 4 incredible lenses to choose from with Moment that cover a wide array of situations, it feels like there’s nothing I can’t do with it. Using the Moment app, I can unlock the power to shoot in RAW, as well as use a variety of manual controls like exposure and white balance.

One of the best things about the shooting experience is how little you need to think about it.
Shooting on the iPhone 7 Plus with Moment lenses is such an easy process.

By far my favorite lens right now is the Superfish Lens. I remember using cheap toy fisheye lenses on previous iPhones in the past and you’d always see the edge of the lens. I’m amazed that on the iPhone 7 Plus with the 3D plate I don’t see any bits of the lens and only VERY minor vignetting.

Overall I’m amazed by the ease of use with the 3D plate. I don’t usually like to mount things to my phone, and with the 3D plate, it just snaps on and works perfectly, no adjustment needed. Lenses have all lined up perfectly!

iPhone 7 Plus Review By Austin Mann

November 8th, 2016 2:15 PM

Austin Mann (@austinmann) is the founder of Weld and a world renowned photographer who does epic iPhone reviews…like this one for the iPhone 7. He has been putting Moment to the test on the iPhone 7 Plus with our 3D printed mounting plate.

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Austin Mann - Moment Wide + iPhone 7 Review

I’ve been testing and shooting with MOMENT lenses on iPhone 7 Plus for the last couple weeks and loving it.

I’m working with a 3D printed piece the MOMENT team shared with me and it works perfectly, just like the lenses did on my iPhone 6s Plus.

The glass on these lenses is so sharp and combined with the upgraded sensor on the iPhone 7 Plus, the images are better than ever.

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First Mounting Plates Arrive!

November 3, 2016 10:07 AM

We began manufacturing new iPhone 7 mounting plates a few weeks ago. As part of the process we first make a manufacturing tool followed by a small batch of plates before moving to mass production.

Today the small batch of mounting plates arrived. These represent the first “parts” off the tool and a pivotal moment for the project. When engineering the plates we triple check our work but there is always a risk that the production process delivers a different result than we expected. This makes analysis of first parts a stressful endeavor, especially when you consider that changes to a tool can take weeks, which delays the shipment of final plates to customers.

Both iPhone 7 and 7+ mounting plates work!

Now we can start the mass production process to produce plates for customers. iPhone 7 and 7+ plates will be shipping by the end of November. Pre-order yours here.

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iPhone 7+ Review By Jorge Quinteros

November 2nd, 2016 12:18 PM

Jorge Quinteros (@jorgeq) is a creative living in NYC. He has been using the 3D printed Moment Mounting Plate on his iPhone 7+. 

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The strong bond that continues to exist in being able to use Moment lenses with my newly purchased iPhone 7+ is one that I hold in high regard. I’m an avid mobile shooter and to still be able to adjust my field of vision based on how I choose to interpret the world around me in conjunction with my Moment lenses is a choice I haven’t been wanting to give up.

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My favorite, go to lens in the kit is by far the telephoto. As a photographer, i find the natural instinct is to try and put everything in the frame in order to show context of scene. Alternatively I often prefer the approach of excluding elements so as to understand one subject better. The tele lens definitely lets me do that. On 7+ I’m digging the way that the Moment Tele provides a more natural depth of field just put using the lens.

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By far the biggest surprise I’ve encountered with the 3D plate is how much I truly enjoyed the ability to remove and attach it as oppose to relying on traditional adhesive plate to mount the lenses. With the current adhesive plate, you’re compelled to choose a case that will provide enough clearance to accommodate the plate.

The other lens I have been using a lot is the Moment Superfish. A lot of times fisheye distortion can be annoying but on Moment it’s both minimal and adds a natural curve to the scene. I’ve enjoyed experimenting with it around NYC landscapes.

 

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iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Pre-Orders Open For iPhone 7 / 7+

October 12th, 2016 9:32 AM

Yay, we have started mass production for both the iPhone 7 and 7+ mounting plates. Keep in mind manufacturing is unpredictable but we do expect the plates to be shipping by the end of November. Therefore we are opening up pre-orders so you can be first in line to receive your Moment iPhone 7 plates as soon as they hit our warehouse.

You can pre-order your mounting plates here. If you want to buy a Moment Lens for iPhone 7 or 7+, just pick your lens of choice from the shop and select your device type.

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3D PRINT YOUR OWN IPHONE 7 MOUNTING PLATE

October 11th, 2016 4:48 PM

Good news, we found a way for you to 3D print your own Moment mounting plate for iPhone 7 and 7+. Keep in mind this is a temporary solution that works by modifying our existing iPhone 4/4s mounting plate. But it will definitely let you start using your Moment lenses on iPhone 7 and 7+ until our real mounting plates ship at the end of November.

This page will provide everything you need to know but the general directions are:

  • Buy a Moment iPhone 4/4s Mounting Plate here.
  • Enter your email on this page to receive a copy of the 3D print files (.STL and .STEP).
  • Watch the installation video below and follow the written directions.
  • Tag a photo of your work on Instagram and/or Twitter using #MomentUpdate.

iPhone 7+ Works With A Single Lens

September 30th, 2016 9:50 AM

Moment lenses officially WORK on iPhone 7+.

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Although the lenses work, the application is limited to just a single Moment lens working when it is placed just over the “wide” lens of the phone. This means when shooting on 1x mode with the 7+ you can still make your image wider, more macro, or more telephoto using Moment lenses.

Some of you are probably wondering why we can’t put the Moment Tele over the 7+ Tele to get even more optical zoom. While we were also excited to try this, and as it sounds great in theory, the iPhone 7+ has other ideas. Based on our testing, when the light sensor is covered, the camera automatically switches back to the wide lens. So as far as we know, it’s impossible to put an external optic over the iPhone tele lens and make sure the phone doesn’t switch back to the other lens.

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To make your Moment lenses compatible with iPhone 7+, we are developing a Moment mounting plate, expected to ship by the end of November. We might also be working on a case (shhhh). When on the phone (without a lens mounted), the mounting plate will still allow the iPhone 7+ dual lens to work as usual.

In getting to this decision we again took the lenses through additional tests, both in the lab and in the wild. Using our 3d printed, modified mounting plate, we took the 7+ for a spin around Seattle. Here are a few things we learned.

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The dual lens of the iPhone 7+ is great, but at 28mm, it’s still lacking the ability to get wider. With the Moment Wide and Superfish, you can now make it A LOT wider. Using wider lenses like these yields great results for capturing large scenes and recording video.

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The Tele is definitely the most interesting lens on the 7+. On one hand it now adds a really interesting natural background blur when combined with the lower f/1.8 aperture of the 7+. On the other hand, the phone already has a 2x mode and attempts to provide this same effect with software. What we found in our testing is that the Moment Tele look is more subtle and natural than the dual lens tele, at least for now. What we do love is that the Tele acts a little bit like a vintage lens, providing a unique look of its own.

Next up, we are completing the mounting plate design for the 7+ so we can send it off to our supplier to be mass produced. We’re hoping to begin shipping plates by the end of November.

Testing iPhone 7+

September 26, 2016 3:37 PM

In case you missed the news, Moment lenses work with iPhone 7.

Now to the iPhone 7+. We love that Apple is pushing the envelope with this phone, the dual lenses are going to be a game changer for mobile photography. We also appreciate that the two lenses on the 7+ are the same lens, just one is a wider at 28mm and the other is more telephoto at 56mm. It makes compatibility a little bit easier.

We have some interesting new product ideas to support the 7+ but for right now we are first trying to confirm that our existing lenses work.

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To test this we have again modified one of our existing mounting plates to vertically align Moment over the iPhone 7+ wide lens. Using our iPhone 4/4s mounting plate and 3D printer we added some extra material around the plate so that the interface can be optically aligned over the iPhone 7+. This method isn’t perfect, but good enough to test.

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We still have additional work to do today, but our initial testing appears to confirm that our Moment lenses WILL WORK over the “wide” lens of the iPhone 7+. This means that when shooting in 1x mode on the 7+ you can place a Moment lens over the right lens on the phone, getting the same results as the standard iPhone 7.
We are still testing image quality today to make an official statement, but the results look very promising.

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The first shot was with just the mounting plate attached, no lens. Very sharp, and no edges of the mounting plate are visible. Success.

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The wide lens looks really good with only slight vignetting happening in the corners. It’s really sharp with the new 7+. Success.

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The Superfish, to our surprise was excellent. The image was sharp and the vignetting was very minimal. Success.

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The tele works and is sharp in the center of the frame. However, it is the softest of the bunch.The edges have the same interest look as iPhone 7, creating a natural blurring that looks a little better than the dual lens beta blur that Apple has going on. Less Success.

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The Macro performed really well and there was no visible difference between using it on the 7+ compared to any of the other mounts. Success.

We should have official confirmation for iPhone 7+ in the next two days.

iPhone 7 Officially Works

September 23, 2016 12:48 PM

It’s official, iPhone 7 works with Moment lenses.

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To use your lenses with iPhone 7 you will need a new mounting plate, which we are hoping to begin shipping late November. If you are subscribed to this update page you will definitely be the first to know when we start shipping a plate.

We are still testing iPhone 7+ and will keep everyone updated over the coming days.

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In order to make a new mounting plate we study the shape of the phone and location of the lens in great detail. Apple provides a basic spec which helps, but there are a lot of subtleties that we study to make sure the curvatures of the plate are exact.

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Next step is to have our supplier make some final prototypes before going into mass production.

More iPhone 7 Photos

September 21st, 2016 11:12 AM

Finally, iPhone 7+ arrived! Now we can get started on our work.

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We have been thinking a lot about 7+. Pre-announcement there wasn’t much planning to be done because how Apple implemented the dual lens feature mattered a lot for how we could support it.

For now our goal is to confirm if/how existing lenses can work in a limited way. Once this is done, it will be a few weeks until we are ready to talk about how we can fully support the dual lenses.

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Back to iPhone 7, we continue to test the image quality. Next stop was Pioneer Square where we could visit a more diverse set of shooting environments. In particular we wanted to test architecture, portraits, food, and people while against lights, colors, lines, and depth of field.

We continued to be pleased by both the image quality of iPhone 7 and the lenses.

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Moment Superfish Lens – iPhone 7

Lenses Are Working On iPhone 7

September 20th, 2016 12:16 PM

iPhone 7+ should be arriving this week!

In the meantime continue to work with iPhone 7. In confirming image quality we go through a series of image lab tests (think test charts) along with real life shots. The combination is what gives us confidence in the image quality of iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

While the team cranks away in the lab we took iPhone 7 and Moment around Seattle to understand how the lenses perform in real life. We started with the library because we want to test symmetry, angles, and lines. Plus the Seattle library is pretty rad, if you haven’t been you should definitely check it out. It’s a photographers dream.

Overall we continue to be surprised by the quality. The larger aperture on iPhone 7 has a slight effect on the edges of the Tele, providing a natural depth of field that you couldn’t accomplish on iPhone 6.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Moment Superfish Lens – iPhone 6

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Moment Superfish Lens – iPhone 7

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Moment Tele Lens – iPhone 6

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Moment Tele Lens – iPhone 7

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Moment Macro Lens – iPhone 6

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Moment Macro Lens – iPhone 7

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Moment Wide Lens – iPhone 6

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Moment Wide Lens – iPhone 7

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Moment Tele Lens – iPhone 7

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Moment Tele Lens – iPhone 7

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Moment Tele Lens – iPhone 7

More to come in the next few day. We are finishing up lab test shots and working through how to make a mounting plate.

Photos by: Zach Reed, Erica Simas, and Caleb Babcock

Do The Lenses Work With iPhone 7?!

September 18th, 2016 10:43 AM

The ‘moment’ of truth.

(Btw, if you read that first sentence out loud you do have to take a shot of alcohol. We have a company rule that requires you to take a shot if you use ‘moment’ outside of the context of the company. Go ahead, we’ll wait).

Since our update yesterday we were able to successfully modify an iPhone 4/4s mounting plate so it sits flush to the phone, placing the bayonet on top of the iPhone 7 lens. It’s not perfect, but it works for testing purposes.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping
iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Taking pictures with just the mounting plate on the phone, we are shocked to realize that the plate does NOT appear to clip the image on the phone. Even though the bezel and glass covering the iPhone lens are larger, the field of view doesn’t appear to have changed. Keep in mind this is a hacked mounting plate, but the initial test is very promising.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Next we proceeded to mount each lens on to the phone, shooting the same scene for context.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Good news, the Wide Lens appears to work. We say “appears” because this is a rough first test with a hacked mounting plate, which isn’t perfect. We need to take a lot more pictures to test lens performance in varying lighting conditions and at different distances. But this is really good news. It tentatively DOES look like we can make a mounting plate for iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Good news, the Tele Lens also “appears” to work, which means a mounting plate should also make this lens compatible with iPhone 7. We are still playing with this lens more because the iPhone 7 has a larger aperture at f/1.8, providing blur passed the subject. Such as shooting your hand at a close distances creates natural blurring beyond the subject in focus. More photo examples to come.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

More good news, the Macro also “appears” to work, which means a mounting plate should also make this lens compatible with iPhone 7. The working distance also appears to be unaffected but with further testing we can verify if the working distance is the same or slightly changed with the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Less than good news, it appears that the Superfish gets slightly clipped. This is also our first aspheric lens design, which means the working distance between lens and phone is a lot more sensitive. We aren’t yet sure if we can improve the results with a real mounting plate, additional testing is needed.

Overall, we are shocked. With the changes to the sensor, lens, and bezel we had the sleepless feeling that our lenses would not be compatible. There is more work to do over the next few days as we really test these lenses on iPhone 7, but we are really happy.

More to come as well about how/when we can make a mounting plate for iPhone 7. We also have a lot more image quality to do over the next few days.

And please keep sending us positive vibes that our 7+ shows up!

Hacking Mounting Plates To Test Lenses

September 17th, 2016 5:56 PM

We’re spending our Saturday hacking mounting plates in order to attach our lenses to the new iPhone 7. RJ (mechanical engineer) is trying to make 3D prints that modify one of our existing mounting plates so it will work on the iPhone 7.

One of the big changes on the iPhone 7 is the raised Bezel around the lens.

It makes us concerned in two ways.

First, it means the shape of our current mounting plates will have to change. The new camera bezel is rounded, protruding further from the phone. This is a harder engineering challenge in order to get the shape of our plates just right to match the phone.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Second, the circumference of the new camera bezel is larger than the opening on our mounting plates. Therefore we don’t yet know if the mounting plate will clip the image and/or if the lens will do the same. The risk is that we’ll have to change the size of the interface on both the plate and the lens to support the iPhone 7. This becomes a compatibility problem more than an engineering problem.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

To test the lenses, RJ is taking an iPhone 4/4s mounting plate and trying to add more circumference around it to match the iPhone 7 camera bezel. This will allow the plate to adhere to the phone, placing the interface directly over the center of the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping
iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

It has taken a few trials but we think we have some mounting plates that will work to start testing lenses tomorrow.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping
iPhone 7 – Now Shipping
iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

One thing we did confirm today is that the Moment Case will NOT work with the iPhone 7. The phone fits but the location of the lens has shifted from iPhone 6. It means we’ll be making a new line of Moment cases to support iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping
iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

iPhone 7 Has Landed

September 16th, 2016 5:39 PM

Finally, iPhone 7 has arrived. iPhone 7+ did not.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Being an app developer is amazing, you get iOS 10 months in advance to build your apps. Being an accessory hardware maker, at least a small one, is a little bit harder. We wait in line like everyone else to pre-order.

With the midnight pre-order scramble behind us we are psyched to be holding the future of mobile photography in our hands. The iPhone 7 is lighter and thinner than we imagined.

iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

iPhone 7 Has Been Announced

September 7th, 2016 2:30 PM

We are really excited about Apple’s announcement and the incredible new features on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple is always pushing the envelope for mobile photography.

Like everyone else, we are waiting to receive the phone in hands around September 16th so we can confirm compatibility with our existing lenses and share how we plan to support both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

We will continue to post fresh updates as we learn more. Don’t forget to add your email to be notified!

iPhone 7 is on it’s way!

August 25th, 2016 4:00 PM
iPhone 7 – Now Shipping

Every new iPhone model thus far has worked perfectly with our current lineup of lenses. That said, we do not get any inside info on future phone models, so it is difficult to predict for future models.

As soon as we get our hands on the iPhone 7 and are able to inspect it we will know more about compatibility and what our timeline to support it looks like. We will be working as quickly as possible to ensure that a system of ours works for the new device.