I recently lost my 4 year old BM-9 lcd cover and I'd like to find out what others are using before replacing it? Is it safe to use the D700 without the cover? I bought my wife a D3200 for Mothers Day and her camera did not include a cover. If it's safe, I'll continue to use my camera without one.
I replaced the LCD cover on my D700 some time again. I was unhappy with it as it scratched easily, didn't keep dust from getting on the LCD and wasnt that transparent. I replaced it with the 'Giottos SP8302 AEGIS Professional Glass Optic Screen Protector - 12 Layer' from B&H. Wish I had done it sooner.
Is it safe to go without the BM-9 cover? That'd depends on how hard you are on gear. Probably. The fact Nikon supplied your wife's camera with a cover seems to point that way. Truthfully though, I'm in total agreement that the plastic cover Nikon supplies is close to useless. They scratch, collect dirt and as you know first hand -- fall off. There are instead, hard glass covers that will protect not only the LCD screen on the back, but the smaller one top right. As one Nikonian suggested, the Giottos screen is superb. They run $30-40. I have used the GGS-brand glass cover on both of my D700 bodies and am very happy with them. They run I the $8 range. I won't compare the two brands, but I am satisfied with the GGS screen covers. I will order the version for my D800 this weekend. There are specific models for each camera -- size is important.
As Alan points out, the glass covers do a better job.
Since I still have the plastic cover from Nikon, and since it does a reasonable job for what I need, I still use the BM-9 out of laziness. If I were to lose/damage it, I would replace it with a glass one.
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I bought my D700 from another member about a year and a half ago, and it had a GGS on it. On a recent trip, I managed to bang the rear screen into something I guess, and noticed a crack across one corner. My heart stopped thinking it might be the LCD, but it was just the GGS. I replaced it when I returned from the trip, and the LCD is unmarked. I became a fan of the GGS after that.
I'm another GGS user. You enjoy far greater clarity when reviewing your images on the LCD, especially useful when magnifying the image to check on sharpness. There is a downside but one I'm happy to accept because of the benefit described above - on bright sunny days the GGS cover is very reflective. Just have something to hand to provide shade (sunhat?!) so you can properly review the image quality, histograms etc. As others have said they look good - far better than the Nikon cover and there is no dust. Great value!