Awaiting delivery of new D7100 and was wondering if I should order some form of protection for the rear LCD. I would like to hear what D7100 owners think, do I need some protection or is the LCD standing up to general use without it. Thanks in advance
Sun 01-Dec-13 07:19 PM | edited Sun 01-Dec-13 07:20 PM by NDGraham
I believe that our D7100 LCDs are made of "gorilla glass" which is a very tough glass that requires no protection. It is scratch and shatter resistant so you don't need to get one of those little covers that often fall off or get scratched.
This is yet another improvement that Nikon made when they designed the D7100 which I rate as the best camera body I have ever had. Neill Proud to be a Montreal Nikonian http://picasaweb.google.com/NeillDGraham
Eddie, For what it's worth, I did apply a GGS LCD screen protector to my D7100; yes, I realize that the D7100's LCD screen is already made of gorilla glass, but the extra protection does give me peace of mind.
I think the gorilla glass add on protectors are almost a given with the D7000, but with the better screen on the D7100 it's not needed anymore. My experience with the GGS protector on my D7000 is that you don't notice it at all once you put it on the back and top lcds, so if you were inclined to put it on your D7100 it certainly wouldn't hurt.
Thanks a lot for your replies, seems the decision is split. My D90 came with a screen protector and being all shiny and new I decided to keep the protector on, that was five years ago and it is still there, as are my lens caps when the lenses are not in use. I will probably err on the side of a protector but I’m a little wary of sticking something on the camera, so I think for now I will use a removable protector for when the camera is not in use, and use it like a lens cap. Jerry and Stephen: I would be grateful for the info on the protectors that you have used. Eddie
A couple reasons I've not used anything: strong glass; no warnings from what I've read in various books/articles to do so -- and the fact that I'm pretty careful overall with all my equipment. Something could happen (I use good protective filters on my lenses), I know - but I'm just in the habit of being careful. Tomorrow, now, I'll probably ram the camera into a telephone pole….
I bought my D7100 a few days ago, and bought a Giottos glass screen protector for it at the same time. IMHO it's cheap insurance - if you put protective filters on your lenses, your camera deserves protection too.
I looked at many of the name brand screen protectors but ended up buying one called Fotga Optical Glass LCD Screen Protector off eBay. It fits perfect and once installed I can't even tell its there. Plus it also comes with a smaller protector for the top LCD control panel. I also use protective filters for my lenses and feel the same about protecting the camera's LCD screens.
I think the advice/opinions you have received make at least one thing clear: there is not one answer--it's a personal choice. For me, I do use a LCD protector on my D7100. Also, being a cheap, I happened to have a bunch of PDA screen protectors lying around. So with these and a razor blade I have now have my camera LCD protected (but you still need to squeeze out the air bubbles).
I haven't used anything other than general "human care" to not bang it around. I've found (for the short time I've been shooting with it) that I'm just naturally protective - let's hope that's not 'famous last words' now.
After trying most of the 'protectors' for a few years I came across the Giotto on this web site. Tried it & found it was by far the best. Do not think gorilla glass is anything like as good as it says. Thats why Apple are going to change their touch screen glass to sapphire glass which is scratch proof. This link will help http://www.giottosusa.com/screen-protectors The Schott glass used frankly cuts down the glare that I find unacceptable on the bare monitor. You gets what you pay for.
I just got my D7100 a couple months ago, and I would suggest you don't need it. That recommendation is based on the fact that I had, and used, the protector on the back of my D90 faithfully. In doing so, it certainly protected the LCD, but I'm not sure the LCD would have suffered any damage or scratches. The protector DID prevent the images displays from looking their absolute best.
So, I have a D90 with a "brand new" LCD screen that I no longer use since I have the D7100 (oh, sure, it's a second body...I get all that). The point is I didn't use, and get the benefit of the D90 LCD--I essentially saved it for the NEXT user...
So, use your D7100...enjoy the big bright LCD, and guess what, in 4 or 5 years you may be looking at upgrading anyway, and chances are the LCD will still be in great shape (assuming you take decent care of your gear...otherwise buy disposable camerss...)