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D3100 LCD Screen Protectors

msgusa

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msgusa Registered since 23rd Nov 2010
Sun 12-Dec-10 09:16 PM

I cringe thinking about how easy it would be to damage the exposed D3100 LCD screen. Has anyone used a LCD Screen protector for their D3100 or other Nikon SLR?

Is it true that they are glued on? If they are, do they stay on, and can they be easily taken off without damaging the LCD screen?

Lastly, what is the best one that money can buy, i.e. most durable, lets the most light through, reputable brand, etc.

Thanks

msgusa

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#1. "RE: D3100 LCD Screen Protectors" | In response to Reply # 0

msgusa Registered since 23rd Nov 2010
Tue 14-Dec-10 03:32 PM | edited Tue 14-Dec-10 03:34 PM by msgusa

If anyone is interested in these LCD screen protectors, I did some research and found a few manufactures. The one that stands out is Giotto's "AEGIS" glass series. It looks impressive so I ordered one from B&H. I listed some interesting information below.

Just to be clear, I am a new D3100 owner who is concerned about damaging my LCD screen and do not have ANY connections to Giotto or B&H. If the moderators feel this information is inappropriate to post please delete it.
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"Giotto AEGIS Glass Screen Protectors"
Most LCD screen protectors fall into one of two main categories; the plastic stick-on sheet or the flip-up housing. Stick-on sheets are prone to peeling off, bubbling, and have no positive optical qualities while LCD hoods or screen covers add bulk and are cumbersome while only minimally preserving the LCD image.

The Giotto AEGIS Glass Screen Protectors are very different in as much as they protect the screen with ultra-high quality Schott German glass while preserving the optical properties of the LCD's display. The Schott glass protection is only 0.5mm in width and adds no significant weight or bulk to the camera body. Most importantly, the glass layer protects the screen from impact, chemical damage and scratches which can mar a LCD viewing screen. It affixes to a LCD screen with a thin layer of 3M brand double-sided tape which prevents the risk of air bubbles forming under the glass. An added bonus is that the screen is removable and replaceable if it gets scratched or damaged.

AEGIS 80 Series protectors also feature multi-coatings that lower reflections, withstands UV light, and enhances the overall image display. Both sides of the glass are coated with 12 layers of Anti-Reflective (AR) coating that provide an outstanding 98% transmission of light in the 420~680 nm range. Designed for 3.0 inch diagonal LCD screens (overall dimensions 65.95 x 49.30 mm).

- Translucent glass from Schott Germany: Thickness is 0.5mm +/- 0.05mm; Light transmission is above 98%

- No air bubbles or color casts

- Completely protects the LCD and working display

- Adds reinforcement to the LCD, the rigidity of the glass surface reached 8-9 and the elastic pressure is 4KG/CM2 which can withstand many impacts.

- Good rigidity, protects LCD panel against abrasion, scratches or accidental impact.

- Uses 12-layer AR Coating technology of LEYBOLD Germany to improve the transparency and withstands UV, protecting LCD, improving the color quality and prolonging the working life of the LCD.

- Fingerprint and water-proof repellent coating with nano technology.

- TESA 4972 double side tape. It is easily mounted, seals the LCD and prevents the liquid or dirt from reaching into the inside of LCD and screen.

- The protective screen is specially processed and made from imported glass material which is resistant to damage by acid or alkali to the LCD screen in order to prolong the working life of LCD burn-in resistance.

nikon3100

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nikon3100 Registered since 14th Dec 2010
Wed 15-Dec-10 01:14 PM

Let us know your thoughts when you fit it. I ordered a Vikuiti screen protector ADQC27, the flexible plastic type, for my D3100. I've had no problems with these type on my PDA / smart phones so hopefully it'll be fine on the camera.

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Serendipity76

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Serendipity76 Registered since 19th Dec 2010
Wed 22-Dec-10 08:42 AM

Hi there,

I am an absolute beginner and have just received my new Nikon D3100. Having made that investment I want to make sure it's not damaged and am keen to buy a screen protector.

I've looked into the Giottos glass screen protectors but can only find ones for Nikon D300 and for Nikon D3. Will either of these fit the D3100? I don't want to order the wrong size.

Your advice would be much appreciated.

Best wishes,

Anna

Serendipity76

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Serendipity76 Registered since 19th Dec 2010
Wed 22-Dec-10 01:36 PM | edited Wed 22-Dec-10 01:38 PM by Serendipity76

Having done some research online today I decided to order the below from Amazon as it has good reviews on some of the digital photography sites I visited, is cheap and a good price (around £10 in UK).

GGS LCD Glass Screen Protector For Nikon D3100, High Transparency, Anti-scrape, Anti Bump.

Hopefully it will prove a good purchase. As I find it very tempting to buy things on Amazon I also ordered Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set: v. 1, 2 & 3. I love Amazon but it is damaging my bank balance!

Thanks

msgusa

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msgusa Registered since 23rd Nov 2010
Wed 22-Dec-10 02:26 PM | edited Wed 22-Dec-10 02:36 PM by msgusa

Monday I received the "Giotto AEGIS Glass Screen Protector" for my D3100. Until today it has been very cloudy, so a proper test was delayed. My impressions are below.

It has very high quality. The glass looks durable and the 12-layer AR coating is very consistant. It should do a good job in protecting the LCD screen from abrasions.

Giotto's website doesn't list a D3100 version yet, so I purchased the 3-inch generic model (SP 8300). It fits very well, although to fit perfectly it should be 1.0mm higher and wider.

It uses a sticky non-permanent adhesive to attach onto the LCD screen. If you need to remove it, the instructions say to heat the protector by using a hair-dryer for approximately 30 seconds and then pull it off.

The 12-layer AR coating that it uses really helps in stopping both indoor lighting and outdoor sunlight from "washing" out the LCD image. It is a very noticeable improvement. The glass cleans easily without smearing. For $25.00 I believe it was money well spent.

nikon3100

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#6. "RE: D3100 LCD Screen Protectors" | In response to Reply # 5

nikon3100 Registered since 14th Dec 2010
Thu 23-Dec-10 11:44 AM

Well, I received my Vikuiti screen protector (purchased from Amazon) and fitted it. It fits perfectly and is very clear with no noticable reflections. I don't have any air bubbles underneath it either.

I'm pleased with it and if in the future I need to replace it I'll consider a glass type but see no real advantage of them.

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D3100 with 18-55mm kit lens + 55-200mm Zoom

msgusa

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#7. "RE: D3100 LCD Screen Protectors" | In response to Reply # 6

msgusa Registered since 23rd Nov 2010
Thu 23-Dec-10 12:20 PM | edited Thu 23-Dec-10 12:48 PM by msgusa

>Well, I received my Vikuiti screen protector (purchased from Amazon) and fitted it. It fits perfectly and is very clear with no noticable reflections. I don't have any air bubbles underneath it either.

>I'm pleased with it and if in the future I need to replace it I'll consider a glass type but see no real advantage of them.


Sounds good to me. No matter whichever route we take, the end result is to protect the LCD screen, and as a secondary benefit to reduce glare.

RRRoger

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Sat 25-Dec-10 12:16 PM

I've been using the "Giotto AEGIS Glass Screen Protectors" on all my cameras for several years now.

They are far better than anything else I've tried.

Two downsides:

1. Be extremely careful when putting over your "clean" LCD screen.
It is very easy to put them on crocked and hard to move afterwards.

2. They darken the screen.
Easily fixed by turning up the Brightness.

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Raptors Rule

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Raptors Rule Registered since 24th Nov 2010
Sat 25-Dec-10 10:18 PM

I am also interested in a screen protector for my D3100. The Vikuiti screen protector I couldn't find at Amazon. Can you please reply with a link?

nikon3100

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nikon3100 Registered since 14th Dec 2010
Mon 27-Dec-10 07:09 AM

>I am also interested in a screen protector for my D3100. The
>Vikuiti screen protector I couldn't find at Amazon. Can you
>please reply with a link?
Sure. Here it is.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0042KCYLM/ref=oss_product

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Raptors Rule Registered since 24th Nov 2010
Mon 27-Dec-10 05:06 PM

Thanks for the link.
Since it was an Amazon UK website the shipping probably will cost half the price of the screen protector to the United States.

In the meantime, I found Lexerd - Nikon D3100 TrueVue Anti-glare Digital Camera Screen Protector for under $10 at Amazon's US site.
I'll soon buy and post a review.

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Kensogtp1 Registered since 14th Mar 2011
Tue 22-Mar-11 10:46 AM

Does anybody know if there is a specific Giottos for the D5000???

RRRoger

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Tue 22-Mar-11 11:13 AM

>Does anybody know if there is a specific Giottos for the
>D5000???

No, but you can measure the screen and then order one with the same dimensions.

I would not try to cut the glass.
A glass cuter would leave sharp edges.

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#14. "RE: GGS LCD Screen Protectors" | In response to Reply # 13

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Fri 23-Sep-11 03:50 AM | edited Fri 23-Sep-11 03:57 AM by RRRoger

I just got a 3" GGS Screen Protector for my D5100.
Very similar to the Giottos Glass one but only 6 layers and a lot cheaper ($4.59 w shipping at Amazon).
I think it is thinner, and this is a good thing, because it does not interfere with folding up the articulating Monitor.
I had to turn on the LCD first in order to center it correctly as it is not as big as the screen.
However, it does cover all the viewable area.

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