If a replacement LCD glass cover was available for the D300 that was both harder (Like the D3), and less prone to glare, would you replace yours?
Just wondering if there is a market for something like this....
My first D300 had some streaks on the underside of the glass. I exchanged that one, and the second body didn't have the streaks/fog, but did have a lot more dust.
That got me thinking about purchasing replacement glass so that I could take off the original, clean everything in a dust-free environment, then install the new one. I'm sure I could send mine off to Nikon, but I don't want to be without my camera.
Replacing the original glass with an improved version would make the prospect of doing it myself even more appealing!
I'm wondering if I could simply replace the factory glass with one of the Giottos Schott glass protectors. The dimensions are the same.... I may have to experiment and post the results!
Wouldn't be very high on my list to be honest, would rather spend the money on gas and go take some pictures instead...
I keep the plastic protector on mine. But then the LCD doesn't see a whole lot of use for me, occasional look at histograms or check for sharp focus. Since what's there today isn't causing me problems, I wouldn't see the need to upgrade. Others with different shooting styles or heavy users of liveview may have other views.
frankly, since the LCD image is a facsimile of what is actually captured and because it is nowhere near accurate enough to make serious judgements on, most see the LCD image as something just to check that you have an image (as opposed to making serious judgements about quality). The plastice protector is near optically clear and it's cost is almost less than niggling. Given the foregoing and given the fact that the life of a digital SLR is measured in months and not years, most who would use a D300/D3 would have long ago abandoned the cam before there would be enough scratches on an LCD to even entertain the thought of replacing it
I guess we have different ideas of what constitutes "critical" adjustments. Even if the D300 LCD was on par with a calibrated workstation's display, you simply can't make critical color and tonal decisions when the ambient lighting is in flux as it is when most of us are shooting. I can't make what I consider critical adjustments using a notebook computer's display, let alone my camera's display.
i'm with you on this BJ, in terms of our use of the word "critical." For me, one of the only times I boink an image based on the LCD is if a critical area is obviously out of focus or is obviously a victim of camera movement and i can see it UNunmagnified on the 3" screen. Anything else has to wait until i have an environment where anything approaching "critical" can be accurately judged.
No matter how good it looks (i'm talking about the size an clarity of the 3" screen, not the image on it), the LCD is for 'quick and dirty' only.
Well, by highlight checking i assume you have the 'blinky' circuit switched on. Lacking that, I would not use the LCD to check the actual density of the highlights with the naked eye. The LCD isn't as good as a 19" (or larger) calibrated monitor.
As for showing someone what you have...it does work for that, as long as that viewer is a "consumer"-level peeper. Anyone conversant in the craft would use it more as a "look-see", knowing that the equipment outlined at the end of the paragraph above is the only way to make a critical judgement for something at even a 'look-see' would consider trash.
Wed 29-Oct-08 03:40 AM | edited Wed 29-Oct-08 03:44 AM by IntegrityPhotos
Contrary to some of the posts above, I find the D300 LCD to be quite accurate in displaying proper color to evaluate the image compared to the immediate surroundings. While there are circumstances where I want the image to achieve a particular color temperture, etc., in most sports and PJ environments, I want to capture the "moment" in all regards, particular the color environment.
In this regard, the D300 is far superior to any previous DSLR I've used in it's ability to allow me to evaluate the results immediatly after the shot. That includes not only the color rendition, but also other important parameters such as highlights and focus, as mentioned previously. It's also quite accurate in fine tuning the picture control settings to match flash gels' effect to the subject lighting.
It all depends on how you color manage/correct your system from camera through the desired output. While there are still some nuances I'm working with to achieve the same continuity with the D300 that I have had with the D200, particularly in portraiture, overall it's working very well, thanks to the much improved LCD.
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I'm glad it works for you. I find that I cannot make critical judgements without working on a 20" plus, color corrected screen. I certainly can't make critical color judgements surrounded with ambient light that isn't corrected when I judge a final gallery quality print. But maybe you can.
In terms of general ability to discern absolute trash from "maybees and up", i would agree that the d300 monitor is a step up from a D70.
A quick LCD review helps me judge composition to some degree, since I'm still trying to develop an 'eye' for the art. Sometimes I miss something when composing through the viewfinder, and I'll catch it on the LCD.
It's a useful tool to a certain extent. The higher resolution certainly doesn't hurt.
I agree 2,000 percent with everything said here. The LCD is very useful; you just have to figure out what it's really useful for--and those would be things for which there really is no better tool or things/cases where the "better" tool is twice as heavy or twice as expensive, but only 10% "better."
I would love to eventually have a good laptop with a quality screen to take in the field with me to both back up images and to review images prior to shooting when using a tripod (Macro, landscape, etc).
that works...so does a pocketful of cards(and an orientation to boink only the most obvious trash till you get in front of a good monitor). Chips is cheap, light and don't really go out of style or need "upgrading." And you can buy any kind of bag you want....with the chip approach to 'editing.'