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Moment Tele 58mm lens review

This smartphone lens enables you to zoom in with your main phone camera without a degradation in image quality

Moment 58m tele photo lens
(Image: © Hannah Rooke / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Moment 58mm tele lens attaches to the front of your phone via a stylish, purpose-made rubber and wood case. Not only does the case look great, but the lens screws onto the back of it with a quick and easy locking system. The lens itself greatly improves the quality of images when zoomed in compared to when just using the built-in digital zoom. It might make your smartphone slightly bulkier but it's still a lot less to carry around than a mirrorless camera or a DSLR. If you're an on the move content creator or off on your travels and need kit that's very small, smartphone lenses such as the 58mm moment lens could be the answer

Pros

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    Works with Apple, Google, Samsung and OnePlus devices

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    Maximum 4x optical magnification

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    Quick to remove

Cons

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    Phone not pocketable with lens attached

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    Needs special case

Until recently, I never really saw the point in lenses for your smartphone. The best camera phones (opens in new tab) are now so good, why would I bother investing money into something that would make my phone bulkier? 

Well, if you want to take better quality images and videos that look more professional, a phone lens is a smart solution and the Moment 58mm Tele lens is up there with some of the better phone lenses.

Moment 58mm Tele Lens: Specification

Dimensions: 27.58 x 39.5mm
Weight: 73.1g
Resolution (Axis): 300+ LP/MM
Resolution (Edges): 200 LP/MM
Lateral chromatic aberration: <1px at edge
Distortion: <0.75%
Equivalent focal length (over iPhone Wide Lens): 58mm
Minimum focus distance: 7.25" / 184.15mm (varies between phone models)
Optical design: All glass, 6 elements, 4 groups
Lens coating: Multi-layer, low flare, broadband anti-reflection

Moment 58m tele photo lens

(Image credit: Hannah Rooke / Digital Camera World)

Moment 58mm Tele Lens: Key Features

For anyone who uses the zoom feature on their phone a lot, investing in a telephoto lens for mobile would be a wise idea. Moment makes some really good smartphone lenses and the 58mm tele photo is no exception. It's small, lightweight and comes in a handy carry case so that you can pack it away safely when you don't want to use it. You can attach it to the front of your camera using the phone specific case which has dashes you need to align, and then a simple twist locks it in place.

Moment 58mm Tele Lens: Build and Handling

Made from an entirely metal casing, six glass elements and complete with rubber lens cap, the Moment lens feels really well made. There are a few nice finishing touches such as the wooden panel on the back of the phone case and a smooth plastic finish. The one downside to the smooth finish is it does feel slightly slippery in your hands so I would recommend attaching a Popgrip or another kind of handle onto the back of it. If you're pretty attached to your phone case, it is a bit annoying having to switch cases to use the lens but the case Moment provide is nice enough to keep on at all times.

The rubber lens cap fits snuggly over the lens so there is no risk of it coming loose when in your bag and accidentally scratching the front element. The locking mechanism feels robust and when locked in place is very secure – there's no chance of it coming off by mistake. 

Moment 58m tele photo lens

(Image credit: Hannah Rooke / Digital Camera World)

Moment 58mm Tele Lens: Performance

I was really happy with the quality of the pictures I took using the Moment 58mm lens. There is a noticeable difference in image quality when you crop in. When comparing photos taken with the 58mm lens and zooming in by 58mm using the cameras zoom, image colors look more natural and there is less pixelation. 

Sample images

Moment 58mm Tele Lens: Final Verdict

If you're someone who finds themselves using the zoom feature on their phone a lot, this 58mm telephoto lens is definitely worth investing in. This is especially true if you're planning on going away soon and don't want to take or don't own a "proper" camera system. I think I might actually prefer this to the equivalent ShiftCam lens (opens in new tab) as it feels more secure when attached to the case mount and it doesn't move around.

I tested the lens using an iPhone 11 (opens in new tab) which already has a pretty good camera but the Moment lens made it even better. 

Overall it's got a high-quality feel to it, and whether you're using it for photo or video it will definitely improve the quality of your content. I wouldn't necessarily rush out to buy one as it's still quite an investment, but perhaps if one came up secondhand or on offer I would reconsider.

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Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.