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Screen protector question
« on: May 19, 2013, 03:27:00 PM »
The question is about the use screen protectors on DSLR's.  I'm aware this issue has been discussed but I'll kindly ask for a few updated comments.  I reviewed a variety of threads on this issue last year when I ordered my 5D III and I recall there were a variety of views.   

Do you heavy, serious DSLR users use an after market screen protector of any type?  Film, glass or other type?   

I had one of the Giottos Schott glass covers but was not durable.  It cracked when there was no evident stress on the screen.  Or not much.  The $40 cost of another one is not an issue but I wonder if this type gadget is marketed mostly to use newbies who don't know any better.    I'll appreciate you comments...........
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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2013, 05:30:54 PM »
Don't use one.  On recent/current bodies, the rear LCD glass is a user-replaceable part that can be ordered from Canon (and IIRC, costs less than you paid for the Giottos one.

I did order a Zagg shield for my 7D, but the piece for the top LCD didn't fit (0.5mm too wide), so I sent it back for a refund.
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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 05:51:52 PM »
The question is about the use screen protectors on DSLR's.  I'm aware this issue has been discussed but I'll kindly ask for a few updated comments.  I reviewed a variety of threads on this issue last year when I ordered my 5D III and I recall there were a variety of views.   

Do you heavy, serious DSLR users use an after market screen protector of any type?  Film, glass or other type?   

I had one of the Giottos Schott glass covers but was not durable.  It cracked when there was no evident stress on the screen.  Or not much.  The $40 cost of another one is not an issue but I wonder if this type gadget is marketed mostly to use newbies who don't know any better.    I'll appreciate you comments...........




I've used the Giottos for years on all my cams since the 50D. Not one has broken, except once when I was trying to remove one on which the adhesive was particularly sticky [I actually broke it to get it off]. They provide good insurance, and even tho the OE item may be less expensive and easier to replace than they used to be, the add ons are so much easier to get and replace than the original, that there is no comparison or question about my continuing to use them.

I'd recommend you get a replacement. My experience tells me that either there was a flaw in yours that broke, or it took a good lick. Mine have been like iron.

good luck.

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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013, 08:09:57 PM »
I use a screen protector on my 5d MKIII and it works great for me.  It was much less expensive than a possible replacement of the glass.  I think it was around $10 from xoskins.  It also covers the top LCD screen.  I am not worried if I need to replace it because they cover it for the life of my camera.

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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 08:15:29 PM »
i've used the film things like for iphones

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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2013, 08:42:13 PM »
I don't really think they're necessary, but I have a Giottos on mine so I don't feel so reckless as I wipe the screen off with my shirt. 28 bucks for a little piece of mind ain't bad...

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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2013, 09:17:14 PM »
I didn't use one on my XS or my 60D.  I, unlike many, like the articulating screen, so I will flip the lcd in towards the body and it hasn't ever been scratched... either camera after a total of 4 years.  And if you drop the camera with a heavy lens, I doubt a little film will prevent it from breaking. 
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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013, 09:21:01 PM »
I use a screen protector on my 5d MKIII and it works great for me.  It was much less expensive than a possible replacement of the glass.  I think it was around $10 from xoskins.  It also covers the top LCD screen.  I am not worried if I need to replace it because they cover it for the life of my camera.

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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2013, 09:32:06 PM »
The glass used by Canon for the screen is so astonishingly tough, the only people who would say you need protection are the manufacturers of the protection.

I shoot every day with two-three bodies and have done so with digital for all of this century. I smashed a screen on a 1Ds when it flopped back on a tripod that wasn't locked. Canon CPS fixed it for free in 10 minutes. I very slightly damaged a screen on a D30  (not to be confused with the 2006 30D) after it bashed continuously against a belt buckle while attempting to ride a horse. I'm not especially careful with my gear, and other than those two careless mishaps every screen I've had has been pristine at the end of 2-3 years of hard labour when the bodies are upgraded.

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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2013, 10:37:21 PM »
I use or used (can't remember if I have taken it off!) a Kenko screen protector. Though its mainly to make cleaning a lot easier and prevent scratches. I wonder are DSLR screens scratch resistant? My iPhone screen seems pretty tough and doesn't need protection so I wonder if my camera does?
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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2013, 12:08:53 AM »
The glass used by Canon for the screen is so astonishingly tough, the only people who would say you need protection are the manufacturers of the protection.

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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2013, 12:38:36 AM »
I decided to buy one of the glass protectors for my 5D MK III due to the integrated  lcd / cover.
 
The new one is made of glass, fits fine, and doesn't seem to cause a issue with light.
 
HOWEVER - It shows oil, moisture, and finger marks something horrible.  The oils bead up on it and that does bother me.  I've cleaned it with eyeglass cleaner, and that helped, but it is not as good as going without.
 
For now, I'll keep cleaning it to see if it looses whatever coating is causing the issue.  Its like my car after a wax job, the moisture beads up on it.

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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2013, 12:39:17 AM »
I use the http://www.amazon.com/GGS-Screen-Protector-glass-CANON/dp/B008DCK0I4 on my 5D miii and love it.

+1  Not because I think the screen needs protecting from impacts but simply because smudges from sweat seem to clean off the GGS much easier than the native Canon screen
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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2013, 01:09:30 AM »
The glass used by Canon for the screen is so astonishingly tough, the only people who would say you need protection are the manufacturers of the protection.

I shoot every day with two-three bodies and have done so with digital for all of this century. I smashed a screen on a 1Ds when it flopped back on a tripod that wasn't locked. Canon CPS fixed it for free in 10 minutes. I very slightly damaged a screen on a D30  (not to be confused with the 2006 30D) after it bashed continuously against a belt buckle while attempting to ride a horse. I'm not especially careful with my gear, and other than those two careless mishaps every screen I've had has been pristine at the end of 2-3 years of hard labour when the bodies are upgraded.

Save your protection for other fun pursuits.

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Re: Screen protector question
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2013, 01:09:30 AM »