We’re onto the final gift guide of the holiday season. We’ve had cameras, lenses, lights, tripods sliders and gimbals, but now it’s time for those essential accessories and doohickies we often find stuffed into our camera bags or on our desks that we just can’t live without. This year we’ve picked some of our favourite new tools of 2020 and those that have been the most useful to the team here at DIYP.
Moment, who started back in 2013 with a lens for mobile phones Kickstarter, is back! This time with a new line of Travelwear bags and accessories designed for everyday use. The new collection consists of a backpack (17L or 21L), a Tote bag, and a bunch of accessories: Camera Insert, Tech Organizer with mini Tech Organizer, and a Battery Organizer.
Variable neutral density filters have become invaluable tools for many photographers and filmmakers. They allow us to carry less kit to be able to extend our shutter speed in a variety of lighting conditions vs big holders and multiple square format filters. In recent years, their prices have fallen quite dramatically, too, while their overall quality has greatly improved.
Moment’s recently released variable ND filters have come in at a very attractive price, but do they hold up to scrutiny? With the lockdown in Scotland, I haven’t been able to get out to play with them properly in the wild yet, but I have been able to do some testing to get an idea of their capabilities. So, here’s what I think.
Moment, the company behind the Pro Camera app, has just published some bad news for its Android users. Due to inconsistency in the OS, it has become too complicated to keep developing the app so that it works on different Android phones. Therefore, Moment has decided to ditch it completely and only keep the iOS version.
Moment has been known for making smartphone lenses, and they turned out to be pretty neat. Now the company has launched Moment Air, which includes a whole bunch of accessories for Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom drones. They include a set of filters, a carrying case, and more. But the most interesting piece is probably the world’s first anamorphic lens for consumer drones.
Moment, the company most famous for its smartphone lenses has started branching out into smartphone software. Their newly launched app, MomentPro, is now available for both Android and iOS. It’s focused on giving the user more choice, offering complete manual control over exposure, focus and white balance, as well as a couple of other neat tricks.
Many of us love taking photos with our smartphones and the cameras on phones are getting better and better. I’ve been super impressed with the cameras on the iPhone X. In fact, other than the fact that I am one of those people who always wants to get the latest tech, the cameras are the most important reason I upgrade my phone almost every year.