But I took mine off years ago, and now (as my D300 retires to "spare") the glass still looks as good as it did when I bought it. This is not my real job so it gets fewer hours of use than a pro would, but I do not baby it, it goes to the beach for volleyball or birds, it bumps through crowds, gets thrown into a fairly crowded equipment bag...
The glass is tougher than you might think. HOWEVER... if you really hate scratches, covers are cheap.
I've used GGS Optical Glass covers on my D90, and now on my D300s, on both screens. They perform very well, and give me that false sense of security so vital to us elderfolk. Sure beats those plasticky things that come from the factory!
I use an eFilm Pop-Up Shade made by Delkin Devices specifically for the D200. It clips on and has a hinged 'door' which flips up and side doors which are sprung loaded and flip out. It protects the LCD very well using a thin layer of optical glass which is built in to the cover and has the added advantage of making it much easier to view whatever is on the screen in bright sunlight. It is necessarily slightly thicker overall than the factory supplied plastic cover.
Sat 28-Jul-12 06:14 PM | edited Sat 28-Jul-12 06:20 PM by hillsidekim
I've used GGS for years. They are multi coated and hardened very thin optically clear glass and once you have them installed, you don't even know they are there. The day I got my new (to me) D700 I ordered another set from ebay. They have a new design that clips onto the camera like the Nikon LCD cover. I prefer the ones that you put on with the adhesive. Very easy to install and you truly don't know they are there. Kim Western burbs of Chicago
So happy to read this thread! I didn't know that companies were making optical glass LCD covers. I have been using the plastic one that came as a protector when I bought the camera body. I hate it. I have polished it carefully and it's better than it was but not great. Just ordered a glass one!
I've just kept the cover that came with my D300 on the camera. But I have a D50 I've used for 7 years that didn't come with an lcd cover and the lcd still looks excellent. So, even though I'm using one on my D300, I don't think I need to, based on my experience with my D50.