Hi all I kept the original cover-plate over the monitor from the time I bought the camera about ten months ago. There is some dust and crud between the cover-plate and the monitor, and I would like to tidy it up.
Like Joseph say, pull from the bottom. Put the top on, then push on bottom to snap back on, but I would not put it back. The plastic cover is fine for indoor, but if you shoot outdoor especially hiking and doing activities, don't use the plastic cover. It will ruin your LCD screen. What happens is that dust and sand gets between the plastic cover and the LCD. Hard particles like sand gets embedded into the cover because plastic is soft. Each time you walk with the camera on the strap, the camera cover rub against you. Inside of the cover, the embedded sand is pressing against the LCD screen. You end up with pits on the LCD screen from sand being rubbed into the LCD screen hundreds of times. Not good. That is way worst than no cover at all. GGCII screen protector is the way I would go next time.
>What happens is that dust and sand gets between the plastic >cover and the LCD. Hard particles like sand gets embedded into >the cover because plastic is soft. Each time you walk with the >camera on the strap, the camera cover rub against you. Inside >of the cover, the embedded sand is pressing against the LCD >screen. You end up with pits on the LCD screen from sand being >rubbed into the LCD screen hundreds of times. Not good. That >is way worst than no cover at all.
This is exactly what happened with me with my D90! I didn't have a screen protector on my D40 and the LCD screen was spotless. I saw stuff on the D90 screen and didn't think anything of it for months thinking that I had stuff on the outside of the plastic. When I went to clean it much to my horror I discovered that it was between the plastic and the LCD which ended up pitted and scratched!
Thanks so much for the instructions about removing the cover. I am so happy that you mentioned the pitfall of keeping it on. Most of the time I am out either in the bush or the seaside (Vancouver Island) so there are lots of opportunities to pick of grit. Again, thank you. David
At the recommendation of many members here at Nikonians, I picked up a GGS glass LCD cover. The optical glass seems better, to me at keeping grit out, it can get in there but being glass, it does not compress to "rub" the grit into the LCD screen. I picked up mine for my D700 on eBay rather inexpensively.
Mine kit had two pieces, one for the LCD the other for the top LCD. The top LCD cover has adhesive tape to secure it to the top panel. I used a Nerf gun suction dart (you can get by with a small suction cup) with a little water on the tip properly align the GGS cover on the LCD. Looks great. The LCD screen secures to the back of the camera the same way the Nikon plastic screen does, but is definitely more scratch resistant and easier to see in daylight. I recommend it.
Search GGS and you can find other happy users. (Note they are camera specific so be sure to get one for your specific camera if you decide to purchase one.)