Highly Recommended: GGS Glass Screen Protector, and GreenLife Style eBay Store
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Clearly Protected My D700 with a GGS brand glass screen protector -- Kyoto, Japan -- http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 — full exif
Clearly Protected
My D700 with a GGS brand glass screen protector

This post is about the aftermarket GGS Glass LCD Screen Protector, and about the store I bought mine from. First about the protector itself...

Nikon cameras come with a cheap thick plastic LCD screen protector that easily scratches, scuffs, and just looks ugly. When it scuffs enough, it becomes cloudy and makes it worse than nothing. So a couple of years ago, I bought a GGS brand glass protector for my Nikon D200, and loved it. Along with a Katz Eye focus screen, they're the two must-have aftermarket changes to a new camera body.

When I got a D700, I immediately bought the same protector for it, and loved its clean looks and superior protection as before. A year later, my appreciation grew when I'd left the camera under a chair in a room frequented by a number of toddlers, and came back to find the protector cracked, but the underlying screen still in perfect condition.

Oops the old one took one for the team -- Kyoto, Japan -- http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 45 mm — 1/25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 — full exif
Oops
the old one took one for the team

Off to my online store, and $12 later, I had a new one...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 1800 — full exif

(It includes a glass protector for the camera-top mini LCD screen, but I don't think that screen needs any kind of protection, so I don't use it.)

Here's an article giving more details. They're made for a lot of specific cameras (including Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, Leica), and a number of generic sizes for point-n-shoots.

GGS glass screen protectors: highly recommended.

And now about where I buy them: I buy them from the GreenLife Style store on eBay, where I've bought a number of things over the years. They're an eBay store with a stellar rating (positive feedback of 99.2%, though my personal experience has been 100% positive).

I've been meaning to write about them for two years; that I'm doing it now illustrates how far behind on stuff I am. Two years ago I posted about a Surreal (and exceedingly unpleasant) PayPal Experience where PayPal had approved a payment from me to a merchant, the merchant replied “got your payment; we'll ship your order soon”, and then half an hour later PayPal “un-approved” the payment and locked my account.

Anyway, it took a week for me to get the PayPal situation cleared up (and ended up getting an apologetic phone call from an executive at PayPal), but throughout the ordeal, the merchant, GreenLife Style, was 100% reasonable. All emails were answered within minutes, by a human. They were extremely accommodating to the situation, and they worked with me to get around the issue. Due to the PayPal silliness, at one point they had been paid twice for the same order, and immediately refunded the overpayment. PayPal wasted a lot of their time during this ordeal, but they were always cheerful and professional.

I've bought a bunch of small things from them over time... the screen protectors, Nikon MC-36 SLR remote-control knockoff ($30 instead of $150, and works just perfectly), rubber eyecups, etc.

They're an eBay store so they present their products in the form of auctions, and sometimes there are multiple auctions for the same product, with different prices (sometimes in different currencies), so if you want to buy from them, use their store's search feature and pick the result with the lowest price.

GreenLife Style's eBay Store: highly recommended.


All 10 comments so far, oldest first...

That reminds me to replace my cracked glass protector too.

Does the rubber cup has any kind of magnifying lens, or is it indeed just a rubber cup? BTW, you do you wear glasses while shooting (often)?

It’s a rubber cup with a glass circle protector. I don’t wear glasses (except sunglasses, but not when using the camera). —Jeffrey

— comment by parv on September 23rd, 2010 at 7:30pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Enjoyed visiting your site once again, to see what is going on in beautiful Japan. The snow scenes blew me away at
first glance today. It will be cold and snowy soon enough! It was nice to meet your wife via the photo you posted
going aroud the small lake. Father Mac in Kyoto

— comment by Father Mac on September 25th, 2010 at 3:41pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

The GGS LCD protectors are great! I use one on my Canon point-and-shoot:

http://shandrew.livejournal.com/68741.html

They’re simple to install and inexpensive.

I don’t use one on my Nikon D40. The D40 already has a cover over the LCD, and supposedly it is easily replaceable for ~$20. You use a suction cup to remove the scratched one and stick on the replacement part.

— comment by Andrew Shieh, Sunnyvale on September 29th, 2010 at 5:43am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

In case you’re not aware, there’s a new version of this screen protector (Ver III) where you won’t need to stick the glass on anymore.

I have a new review on my site – http://reviews.davidleetong.com/reviews/review-ggs-iii-glass-lcd-screen-protector-with-extended-eyepiece/

Dave T.

— comment by David Tong on October 6th, 2010 at 3:03am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Your top LCD also needs the protector. I just replaced a completely smashed one that saved the LCD 99%; only one small scratch got through.

— comment by Bill on October 7th, 2010 at 3:25am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the tip Jeffrey. I’ve just installed a GGS protector on my D90 and it looks so much better than the included plastic protector. Very impressive.

— comment by Matt Dawson on November 6th, 2010 at 7:34pm JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

How can I contact GGS itself ? I need to know which one of their MANY protectors is perfect for a Leica D-Lux 5. There are several that appear to be acceptable.

I don’t know, but if you ask the store I linked to, I’m sure they can advise you. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rita on January 31st, 2011 at 2:13am JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I have to say the GGS line does look quite aesthetically pleasing and remains quite a low profile. Looks really nice, might consider getting one for my 50D now.

— comment by Kevin on May 12th, 2011 at 4:14pm JST (6 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

You should check out xo skins screen protector Beyond stopping scratches, they stop smudges which is a must when using a camera for work

Unfortunately, they don’t seem to make one for my camera. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve on May 24th, 2011 at 1:49pm JST (6 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Did you end up getting one of these for your D4?

No, just decided to leave it as is. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matt Dawson on November 12th, 2012 at 1:25pm JST (4 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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