Sirui Portrait Lens vs Moment Tele Lens Review

In a previous post, I did a Wide Angle Moment Lens review and I was really happy with it. I wasn’t as pleased with the performance of the Tele lens. After posting the video review, I got a recommendation from John Harvey to check out the 60mm Sirui Portrait Lens.

I returned the Moment Tele lens and ordered the Sirui lens. I was amazed that it fits the Moment phone Case.

Comparing the Moment Tele Lens and the Sirui Portrait Lens

The Sirui Portrait lens is sharper than the Moment Tele lens, especially in the corners. Vignetting is also much better with the Sirui. The Sirui does not exhibit as much barrel distortion as the Moment Tele lens. Overall, I’m much happier with the image quality of the Sirui Portrait lens.


As far as build quality goes, the Sirui lens feels just as heavy and well-built to the Moment lens. Although the Sirui lens fits on the Moment phone case, Sirui also offers a clip adapter so you can use it on nearly any device without any specific case. The lens comes with a pouch, a lens cap for the front, and one for the back.

For almost half of the price of the Moment Tele lens, the Sirui Portrait lens is a great value and I highly recommend it.

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The Moment Case and Lenses for Pixel 2 XL

After receiving the Pixel 2 XL and being impressed by its photo quality, I’ve been considering getting the Moment Lenses. Although I have a few cameras already (DSLR, micro four thirds, GoPro, and more) I felt there was a place for the Moment lenses and Pixel 2 XL combination in my arsenal. Luckily they were having a holiday sale and I was able to pick up the Moment Case in Walnut, the new Wide Lens, and the Tele Lens at a discount.

First Impressions of the Moment Lenses and Pixel 2 XL Case

Moment Case for the Pixel 2 XL

The unboxing experience was great and the packaging is well designed. The Pixel 2 XL case in Walnut feels solid and snaps on and off the phone easily. It’s by no means a slim case. It adds a little bit of bulk but it feels like the perfect balance of weight and width to support the lenses. The buttons on the side are flush with the case but are easy to find. Each lens comes with its own felt pouch for storage and a lens cap. The lenses attach easily and securely to the case.

Moment 18mm Wide Lens Review

Moment 18mm Wide Lens

The build quality on the 18mm Wide Lens is great. The lens has a good weight to it and feels well built. I used a focus calibration chart to test the lens and the lines remained straight and retained their sharpness. The Wide Lens also shows little light loss.

Moment 18mm Wide Lens on Pixel 2 XL

Moment 60mm Tele Lens Review

Moment 60mm Tele Lens

Moment 60mm Tele Lens on Pixel 2 XL

I bought the Tele lens to enhance the Pixel 2’s portrait mode and in hopes of getting some shallow depth of field when shooting video. Unfortunately I discovered that the Pixel 2’s portrait mode gets confused when the lens is in use. Additionally, the image quality is disappointing. The resulting images are soft, especially in the corners. It is noticeably less sharp and has some barrel distortion. Both the Wide and Tele lens exhibit some color fringing but it is much worse on the Tele lens. There is also significant vignetting with the 60mm Tele lens.

Moment Wide Lens vs Moment Tele Lens

Moment Tele Lens Vignetting

The Tele lens does add some depth of field when shooting videos on the Pixel 2 XL but for me it’s not worth the loss in image quality. Overall, the 60mm Tele lens did not meet my expectations.


I would definitely recommend the Moment Case and the 18mm Wide Lens. Instead of the 60mm Tele lens for portrait use, I prefer the Sirui Portrait Lens. It is not made for telephoto shots, but it’s much sharper around the edges for portrait shots within 10ft.

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