>Hi, > >Does anyone know whether there is a manufacturer that makes a >LCD cover for the D800/800E that is glass? This not the glued >on cover in contact with the LCD monitor itself, but the snap >on cover. > >It seems to me that the Nikon original LCD cover is somewhat >soft and easily scratched/scuffed/marred. > >Thanks in advance. For previous cameras, I found that the Nikon cover was not only soft and easily scratched, but whenever I forgot to take mine off while shooting it seemed to fog up too easily. Early on, I switched to a glass GGS cover to avoid having to keep taking the Nikon cover on and off. While the LCD probably doesn't really need protection, I like to keep mine pristine for when I sell the camera.
The glass on the LCD is tough but it will scratch, and even from normal use it will develop 'micro scratches' like all other glass, including Gorilla Glass (this is not a flaw, it's just the nature of glass and it doesn't interfere with the use of the LCD).
If you don't mind this and want to go 'naked' by all means it is not an issue. If you want to keep the LCD 'pristine' covers like the GGS or the Giottos AEG Schott glass protectors are high quality covers that won't interfere with the LCD.
I think I recently paid about $11 for the GGS item, mailed from China, no shipping charge. I have used these on my Nikons since my D200 and am very satisfied with them. My Nikon plastic covers are somewhere... doesn't everything have to be?
Another vote for the GGS cover. I've been using them since 2006 on several bodies. I had one installed on a D7000 that I dropped about 3 feet onto the ground. It hit back side down landing on a rock protruding from the ground. The GGS cover shattered but when I removed the pieces to examine the LCD, nothing was damaged at all. I hate to think what the repair cost would have been to replace the LCD. I've tried stick on covers like Invisible Shield and one made by Lexerd and found that after repeated handling, a corner of the cover starts to peel up and once that happens you might as well replace it. I've never had a GGS cover come off or cause any problems. GGS also makes a snap on cover they call version III: http://www.amazon.com/GGS-Screen-Protector-glass-NIKON/dp/B008LR9WDK
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B&H recently ran a special on a schott glass cover for the D800 and 800E. I got one and absolutely love it. My plastic cover had become badly scratched and the scratching bothered me, so I invested in the glass cover. I'm really happy with it.
It's not quite what you asked, but Nikon sells replacements for about $17 US. That's not cheap, but if you figure they last 4 months or so, it's also not expensive just to replace when they get scratched.
I went the route years ago of leaving it in the box, and all my LCD's still look pristine, despite fairly heavy use. The glass is tough. Your mileage may vary of course.
The thin adhesive strip on the outer edge of the glass protector adheres to the camera LCD. After you handle the protector and test align it over the camera LCD, clean the LCD of all residue and dust, strip the wax paper off the adhesive and line up the protector over the LCD very, very carefully before pressing it into place. The adhesive is tenacious - although it won't harm the LCD in any way - and once pressed into position the protector can't be lifted and repositioned.
The easiest way to remove the GGS protector (if it cracks because of an impact) was suggested a few years ago by another Nikonian. Use some strong dental floss to strip it off, then a bit of softener to remove any adhesive residue. The last time I removed a GGS protector, the adhesive residue rubbed off with very little effort and what remained came off just as easily with a tiny bit of 90% isopropyl alcohol. Took two minutes.
I bought one of the $40 Giotto glass covers because it promoted itself as multi-coated. Even though I often use a Hoodman, reflections were a pain, so I spent the extra money. However, the coatings don't approach the low-reflectance coatings used on a B&W high-end filter. I'm also not sure how much protection such a thin piece of glass offers. Nevertheless, it's in place and I prefer it to the plastic snap-on that comes with the camera.
Zagg “invisibleSHIELD” goes on with water and comes off with water (they say, ". . . it removes easily and doesn't leave any sticky residue."). The shield on my D800 now has some scrapes and gouges, I don't know if the LCD screen would have been damaged. I am not gentle with my gear and sometimes climb in and out of bouncing Zodiacs. The original Nikon plastic cover would be long gone both by detaching and by breaking as did several D300 Nikon shields.