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
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
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 60mm Tele Lens Review
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.
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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