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January 14, 2014

New Startup Developing High Quality Lenses for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy

A new startup is developing pocket-sized lenses to turn Smartphones into powerful cameras in seconds.

Seattle-based company Moment has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to help it raise funds to begin producing lenses it claims are the highest quality detachable Smartphone lenses on the market.

“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,” says the team.

“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,” it adds.

Moment lenses are different in that they offer superior lens construction with high quality glass, and boast no distortion and “larger lens diameters to fully optimize the quality from the center of the frame to the edge of the frame,” claims the company.

“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,” says Moment’s developers.

The tiny lenses can literally be kept in the user’s pocket or purse and be attached to their phone at any time.

Currently, the team of seven is working on developing two different lenses: an 18mm wide lens and a 58mm telephoto lens, both attachable to iPhones and some Samsung Galaxy models.

As well, the team has developed a survey to identify which phones consumers would like to see lenses produced for.

Currently, Moment has raised about half of the $50,o00 it says is needed to begin production on the lenses and start shipping within 16 weeks – around June of this year.

The deal isn’t bad for sponsors. Any sponsorship of $49 or more means the chance to get your hands on either one of the lenses, while a sponsorship of $99 or more means you’ll get to test out both.

For more information, check out the company’s Kickstarter page, or find out more about the lenses on the chart below.


Megan Abraham is a staff writer for SiteProNews.