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The highest quality lenses to empower mobile picture takers everywhere to capture incredible images with their phones.

Thank You Kickstarter!

The campaign has been more successful than we ever could have imagined. Your support enables us to continue the journey we started five months ago: To empower mobile picture takers to make the world a better place through beautiful photography.

We are incredibly excited to start this journey with you.

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Website - http://momentlens.co

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Hi Kickstarter! 

We are excited to be here with our first project. If you are passionate about taking pictures with your phone we believe you are going to love these two Moment lenses.

Beautiful moments are everywhere. From capturing the unforgettable to the everyday, our phones allow us to quickly preserve these memories wherever we go, whenever we want. But their convenience comes with a lack of precision and control. As active picture takers we understand that with the right lenses, we can have creative freedom of what's most important — capturing life's most inspiring moments with the quality they deserve.

That's why we created Moment lenses - the world's best lenses for your phone.

We were tired of sacrificing quality for convenience, so we made lenses that put photographic finesse in your pocket. Designed from the ground up, Moment lenses are amazingly sharp, portable and easy to attach. Created with the highest quality in materials, our purpose is to empower mobile picture takers.

We're thrilled with the product and we think you will be too. If you are a mobile picture taker with a passion for capturing beautiful images, please help us make Moment a reality. Together, we can put the future of mobile photography in our pockets.

The measure of a great lens is a great image, so we’ll let these photos speak for themselves.

*Note: KS lowers the quality of the images we have uploaded.

Shot by @bradleycastaneda on iPhone5s and Moment Tele. High Resolution Version. 

Shot by @bradleycastaneda on iPhone 5s and Moment Tele. 

Shot by @wrightkitchen on iPhone 5 and Moment Wide. High Resolution Version. 

Shot by @lcascio on iPhone5 and Moment Wide

 Shot by @e21 on iPhone5 and Moment Wide. High resolution version.    

Shot by @e21 on iPhone5 and Moment Wide. 

 Shot by @e21 on iPhone5 and Moment Wide. 

  Shot by @benjhaisch + @levyfilms on iPhone5s + Moment Tele + VSCO - High resolution version.

 Shot by @marcbarros + @jermzlee on iPhone5 + Moment Tele + Litely. High resolution version.

Want to see more Moment test shots? Check them out here:

Moment Lens Instagram

Bradley Castaneda - Adventure Photographer

Brittany Wright - Food Stylist + Photographer

Engineering Breakthrough

Taking the same proprietary process we have used the past 25 years in designing and manufacturing cinematic lenses, we created two prototype lenses that achieve previously unattainable image quality for mobile lenses. 

Most existing mobile and iPhone accessory lenses are ok in the center of the frame but degrade quickly towards the edge of the frame.  They also exhibit significant chromatic aberration and in most cases, significant geometric distortion.  

The Moment optics are different:

We optimized multi-element designs using the same recipe in designing professional cinema glass for HD film. We then fabricate the lens elements in the same high precision optical manufacturing facilities that produce lenses for 4K cinema.  We believe we are the first company to integrate such high end glass into mobile lenses. 

What makes the Moment Lenses the best on the market?

  • Lens construction: Multi-element designs with high efficiency broadband coatings.
  • No Distortion: Advanced lens designs minimize geometric distortion to fractions of a percent.  No photoshop required!
  • Minimal Chromatic Aberration:  Minimized via expert glass selection and expert design forms
  • Better MTF Performance: We allowed slightly larger lens diameters to fully optimize the quality from the center of the frame to the edge of the frame
*Note: KS lowers the quality of the images we have uploaded.

Our engineering mantra was to maximize image quality, while not degrading the resolution of the native camera.  We broke barriers that limit the quality of the existing products on the market and the result are the sharpest, lowest distortion lenses on the market.  

We designed these optics to be an extension of your mobile phone camera instead of an afterthought accessory. 

Designing an Experience

From the beginning, we have focused on mobile picture takers. By working with everyone from professionals to enthusiasts, we set out to design a product that people would carry with them everywhere.

We started by creating dozens of prototypes, testing size, weight, and convenience to carry. Constantly putting the prototypes in peoples hands, we observed how they carried, installed, and used the lenses on their phone. 

During the process we discussed trade-offs between size and quality. Knowing the larger we can make the lenses the higher the quality they could be, while at the same time wanting to stay true to the portability of our phones. 

Ultimately, we designed a lens that gives you confidence in its quality and while remaining an efficient size. 

Finding inspiration from the history of lenses we spent a lot of time working on the details of each lens. Prototyping a variety of finishes, shapes, and markings we ultimately decided to keep the lenses as clean as possible, enabling the glass to speak for itself.

Small on Size, Big on Quality

You'll instantly feel the quality of these lenses, and that's not an accident. With a perfect balance of size and weight, they're proportional to your phone and extremely minimal. Clean lines and a machined metal barrel let the glass speak for itself.

The two lenses are similar in size with the only major difference being the lens hood on the front of the Wide lens. The hood protects the glass when you set it face down and it provides a first line of defense against the sun.

Works With -OR- Without A Case

Mobile photography is about speed. You never want to miss a moment. Because of this, we invested in making sure Moment lenses are fast to attach and easy to use. 

After dozens of mounting prototypes, we arrived at a two part solution. 

A thin metal plate adheres to your phone with a rubber based double-sided tape adhesive, which provides strength but doesn't damage your phone at all. About half the thickness of a credit card, you then put your existing case over the top. If you have multiple devices we will be sure to have multiple plates available so you can easily move your lenses from phone to phone. Now your phone(s) will always be lens ready. 

To then attach the lens, there is a simple bayonet interface (think smaller version of a DSLR camera lens attachment) that allows the lens to rotate securely into place. Made from stainless steel, the interface is easy to use, but strong so your lens will stay in place. The current prototypes rely on pressure to hold the lens into place and we are still iterating to achieve a "locking" experience.


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Always With You

Just like us, these lenses like to travel. We didn't want anyone to have an excuse to leave them at home so the compact design fits well in your pocket, bag, or purse. A compact carrying solution is in the works as well. Just click off the lid, pop out the lens and get shooting.

Compatible Devices

Moment is about empowering mobile picture takers everywhere so we focused our preliminary efforts on the largest platforms — iOS and Galaxy. 


The lenses in this Kickstarter campaign have been engineered and tested to work with iPhones, iPads, and Galaxy phones. We are still prototyping mounts for Galaxy phones and iPads and our goal is to have these mounts ready to ship with your order. 

If your phone is not listed on this chart, please help us collect data on which phones you would like to see supported next by taking a quick survey.

Tech Specs

*Note: Resolution measurements performed on JPEG file from iPhone 5S via Hyperion Development Slant Edge MTF software. JPEG image processed and includes moment lens, iPhone 5S lens and sensor, and effects of iPhone image processing.

We started Moment because we believe the future of photography is in our pockets.

We love taking pictures and over the years we have found that the camera we rely on the most, is our phones. What we love about our phone is that they are available, connected, and accessible. But despite their convenience we miss the creativity of what traditional lenses can provide.

So we set out on a mission to make the camera in our pockets, the best that it can be. By empowering mobile picture takers with better lenses, we believe that together we can continue to make the world a happier place, one picture at a time. 

Thank you to this diverse set of builders who have helped bring Moment to life. 

Our previous work includes the founding of Contour Cameras, the founding of Cranium, and the engineering of some of the world's best cinematic lenses.  


Timeline

We have a handful of working prototypes for both the Wide and Tele lenses, which we continue to test internally. These prototypes have been made with the manufacturing process in mind so we are confident we can turn them into amazing, final products. To be made in Korea we expect to bring you a beautiful final product that captures amazing pictures, is reliable, and convenient to use. 

 Every dollar counts so thank you for your support. 

 Choose between the Wide -OR- Tele lens. This includes a lens, phone mount, and cloth sleeve to carry your lens. [Retail Value $99]

Add $20 USD to ship outside the US.

Receive both the Wide AND Tele lens. This includes two lenses, two phone mounts, and cloth sleeves to carry your lenses. [Retail Value $199]

*Note: we can't update the Kickstarter backer levels on the right side of the page so we are noting it here that we have added a mount to every package with two lenses. You now receiver two mounts with this level. We feel this makes the product better and easier to share among different phones. 

Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.

Receive both the Wide AND Tele lens. Choose from two premium Kickstarter exclusive color ways with premium finishes: iPhone Gold or Back on Black with machine engraved markings. We wish we could show you these designs, but KS doesn't allow renders. All we can say is that they look really, really good. Along with the two lenses this kit includes a phone mount and a cloth sleeve to carry your lens.

*Note: we can't update the Kickstarter backer levels on the right side of the page so we are noting it here that we have added a mount to every package with two lenses. You now receiver two mounts with this level. We feel this makes the product better and easier to share among different phones. 

Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.

Receive everything in the Kickstarter Exclusive level plus being a part of our early developer program. We would love your help to make Moment even better, so by being a part of the program you get access to early production units and access to our mounting interface so you can make your own phone mounts. To help you in developing your own mounts you will also have two 30 minute phone calls with someone on the team to answer any questions you have along the way. We are excited to see what you can create! 

*Note: we can't update the Kickstarter backer levels on the right side of the page so we are noting it here that we have added a mount to every package with two lenses. You now receiver two mounts with this level. We feel this makes the product better and easier to share among different phones. 

Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.

Disclaimer: iPhone, Apple, and Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Samsung and Galaxy are registered trademarks of SAMSUNG. 

Special Thanks

We would love to thank our family, friends, and everyone who has helped along the journey. Their feedback, support, and positive encouragement has been incredibly inspiring. 

Lauren Cascio, Taylor Thurlow, Sol Moravia-Rosenburg, Brittany Wright, AJ Ragasa / Cave Studios, Kris Hedberg, Travis Brittingham, Simple and Crisp, Golazo, Gina Barros, Tiago Barros, Makerhaus, John Guimond, Stan the Man, 0484 Creative, Brandon Olarey, Kevin Murphy, Rainshadow Meats, Zeitgeist Coffee, Lacy Kemp, Product Creation Studio, Bradley Castaneda, Carina Skrobecki, Scott Levy, Chad Copeland, Cory Staudacher, John Keatley, Michael Giroux, Daniel Volland, Jeremy Veach, Will Foster, Cubby Graham, and everyone else who's helped out along the way.

Video

Cameras: Kevin Murphy, Brandon Olarey, Erik Hedberg

Stills: AJ Ragasa / Cave Studios

Editing: Erik Hedberg

Music: "Shine On" by Fremont

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Producing optical products is never easy, but we are confident in our abilities to deliver this project on time and with great quality. Our previous experience in manufacturing waterproof action cameras and cinematic lenses makes us prepared for the unforeseen challenges we may encounter during the production process. We have previously manufactured optical products with this same supplier, which means we already have a consistent quality and testing process in place.

Keep in mind there are always issues that can arise, such as having to run multiple iterations during the tooling process, being out of key components that delay our schedule, or not being able to obtain the quality of glass that we require.

Despite all of this, our target delivery date is June, 2014. We would love to ship earlier and we will do everything we can to make this happen. We are committed to making lenses that are fantastic both in form and quality.

We have our suppliers ready to go and with your support we can make this dream come true.

FAQ

  • Yes. With your support we can eventually go beyond the Wide and Tele lenses to deliver a whole family of lenses that work with your phone to capture a variety of different kinds of shots.

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  • Unfortunately there is not an option for us to allow backers to change the quantity, and the solution to do it it is more complicated than it needs to be. This is a workaround for getting more than one...

    1) Sign out of Kickstarter
    2) Create a new Kickstarter account with a different email address
    3) Use the same Amazon payments account to fund it (you don't need a new one of those)
    4) Make your second pledge.

    Again, I apologize for the complexity, but this is the best way to go about this...

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  • Along with the lens or lenses you receive we will include a mounting plate, adhesive, carrying sleeve, and instructions. We are still iterating on the final details of carrying sleeve, but we plan to make something that is quality and easy to use when shooting.

    During the campaign we updated the backer levels so now everyone gets one mount per lens. Therefore levels with two lenses will now receive two mounts. We think this makes the product better and easier to share among different phones.

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  • No, but keep in mind the mounting solution is not designed to be moved on and off repeatedly. We are using a double sided adhesive that holds the plate in place but is not permanent. Simple instructions will be provided for how to remove.

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  • For now. We are ensuring the adhesive plate is ready with your Kickstarter donation, but at the same time we are prototyping additional solutions that slide over your phone and don’t require any adhesive.

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  • No. Moment is an accessory lens that goes on top of your existing phone and can not improve the phone’s quality. Our lenses have been engineered to deliver as as possible the native quality your phone already captures.

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  • We will provide a six month warranty on the lens and mounting interface. We can’t provide a warranty if the camera on your phone is defective or if you change to a phone we don’t support.

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  • Unfortunately we do not accept returns from Kickstarter projects. We will however repair or replace a defective unit at no cost to you. Thanks for your understanding.

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  • Customs fees vary depending on the country you are in so we would recommend checking with your customs office before you become a backer. The full amount of your pledge will be reflected on the invoice in your package, however it will be marked as a "gift" since your reward is a gift in return for your generous support.

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  • You will be able to choose after the Kickstarter campaign is over, before we complete the order.

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  • Then please let us know! Fill out the survey so we can get the data for what's in demand.

    Link to Survey: http://tinyurl.com/MomentPhoneSurvey

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    Early Developer Program ............................................................ Receive everything in the Kickstarter Exclusive level plus being a part of our early developer program. We would love your help to make Moment even better, so by being a part of the program you get access to early production units and access to our mounting interface so you can make your own phone mounts. To help you in developing your own mounts you will also have two 30 minute phone calls with someone on the team to answer any questions you have along the way. We are excited to see what you can create!

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