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Friday, May 22, 2020

Reconnecting with Moment's 10x Macro Lens

iPhone 11 Pro Max, Lightroom Pro Camera, Moment 10x Macro Lens

Recently, a friend called to discuss macro photography, so, I got out my Moment 10x Macro lens and played! I was reminded of just how good these lenses are, and how much fun macro photography can be.


iPhone 11 Pro Max, Native Camera, Moment 10x Macro Lens

Moment lenses have been around since 2013 and they are arguably the best attachable lenses made for mobile phones today. They are available for a variety of iPhones, as well as for several models of the Samsung Galaxy, Pixel, and PlusOne. 


iPhone 11 Pro Max, Native Camera, Moment 10x Macro Lens


About the Moment 10x Macro Lens

The Moment 10x Macro Lens ($109.99 from Moment), is a substantial piece of glass. It comes with a diffuser hood that is useful for managing light, and also for getting super closer to your subject by resting the diffuser hood on the subject or the surface the subject is on. 


iPhone 11 Pro Max, Native Camera, Moment 10x Macro Lens

In addition to the lens, you'll need a Moment case to fit your phone's make and model. Here's a link to the case I have for my iPhone 11 Pro Max which cost $39.99. The case is necessary as it is the means by which the lens is attached and positioned in the correct place over the camera's built-in lens.

iPhone 11 Pro Max, Lightroom Pro Camera, Moment 10x Macro Lens

Tips for Using the Moment 10X Macro


  • Use a tripod to steady the camera
  • Make sure your subject is still
  • Get VERY close to the subject 
  • Use the lens diffuser without the tripod and let the diffuser rest on the surface over your subject. Make sure ample light can illuminate the subject through the diffuser
  • Try the Moment App for controlling exposure
  • Have lots of light, natural or otherwise
  • Remove the diffuser hood to get super close to your subject
  • shoot RAW and process in Lightroom for mobile.
iPhone 11 Pro Max, Native Camera, Moment 10x Macro Lens
NOTE
If you don't want to spring for a Moment lens, the app, Camera +2, offers a great macro option for iPhone. 
See my blog post, Creating Macro Photos with Camera +2 for more details.
You won't get as close as with the Moment 10x Macro, but for a fraction of the cost, Camera +2 offers a poor man's alternative.


Cantaloup Rind, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Lightroom Pro Camera, Moment 10x Macro Lens
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