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Using Protection - The Expert Way

I've been going bareback on my camera for some time.  Come on, mind out of the gutter time.  What I mean is that most DSLR's come equipped with a clear plastic monitor cover that "protects" the monitor from scratches, etc.  I used one on my D100, D200, but when I upgraded to the D300s, and most recently D600 I decided to go san-protector.   

However, over the past few months I've thought about finding something that was clear and would give a bit of protection.  Surprise, surprise ExpertShield, a UK company, reached out to me and asked if I wanted to test their product, and write my opinion on it.  I said sure, but hey, if I didn't like it I would say so.  No problems, they sent me a D600 specific screen protector to try.   

The product came in a very simple, plain envelope designed to hang on a hook in a store.  Inside is a single screen protector (one for the monitor, and one for the control panel).  Also enclosed was a nice lint free cloth to clean the monitor before putting the plastic protector on and afterwards to clean it off.  From experience I can't stress enough how important it is to clean your monitor before you put on any screen protector.

The process is simple and the instructions are straight up.  There are little numbered flags on the screen protector that are attached to very thin, clear plastic sheets on both sides of the Screen Protector.  These flags are really important because it would be almost impossible to remove the plastic sheets from the actual Screen Protector.  

Up to this point I've really not felt the need for a monitor screen protector.  The glass is pretty tough and I've never had a scratch on the monitor.  The only problem I have sometimes is glare, but hey...  I can't say this if I kept the plastic screen saver that came with the camera.  I hate those things.  I am not easy on my cameras and so far no problems without a protector. 

Anyway, I digress.  I followed the instructions and cleaned the screen very carefully.  There is absolutely nothing worse with a screen saver than to have dirt, finger prints, lint, hair, etc. caught under the screen protector.  Once clean I took the Screen Protector for my monitor.  The Screen Protector is sold specific to a camera so I knew it was going to fit.  I partially pulled back the protective plastic and lined it up.  The Screen Protector is stiff and looked extremely clear.  The package even said "clings to the screen without air bubbles".  Here goes.

Argh, it wasn't as easy to put on as I thought.  At first I had a slight misalignment, but that was easy to correct.  Next, I captured a couple of air bubbles.  I pulled the Screen Protector back a bit and started again.  This time I used a credit card somewhat like a squeegee on the backside.   No joy, I captured a few air bubbles as shown in the photo below.  I also touched the corner of the sticky side with my finger - wrong move - and ended up with a slight fingerprint on the backside.  I was able to squeegee out 2 of the bigger bubbles with the credit card.

The Screen Protector went on the control panel like a charm.  No problems. 

OK, so now is test time.  I took the camera out and shot in the HOT sun during a bicycle race and also in studio during a model shoot.  Even with the air bubbles the image looked clean.  It was hard to tell if there was less glare, but remember outside the sun was pretty bright so there was glare everywhere.  In studio the light is more controlled so I didn't notice any issues.  The Screen Protector stayed in place and didn't peel in the heat.  Also, oil from my finger and nose cleaned off really easily with my t-shirt. 

Bottomline, The ExpertShield Screen Protector seems like a good product if you want to use a screen protector on you camera monitor.  I'll keep it on to see how it goes.  I did a quick search in my local camera store and didn't find them available.  Online is the only place to purchase them.  I didn't find them on B&H Photo, but I did find them on Amazon for about $11 US.   My guess is that this will be an impulse purchase for most photographers.

Honestly, the best thing I found about the product was that it was camera specific.  I knew it was going to fit.  The bad thing is that unless I specifically looking for this brand     I would not have searched it out.  It really needs to be hanging on my camera store accessory area.

 

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My D600 bareback.  This is how I've had my camera since I bought it.

My D600 bareback.  This is how I've had my camera since I bought it.

My D600 with the protector screen that covers the monitor out of box.  I took this off almost immediately

My D600 with the protector screen that covers the monitor out of box.  I took this off almost immediately

My D600 with the ExpertShield Screen Protector on the back.  Notice the air bubbles.  I was able to get the 2 in the upper right out.  Doesn't effect the performance, just looks bad

My D600 with the ExpertShield Screen Protector on the back.  Notice the air bubbles.  I was able to get the 2 in the upper right out.  Doesn't effect the performance, just looks bad

An image on the back of my D600 with the Screen Protector in place.  Bubbles don't show up.  Very clear and clean

An image on the back of my D600 with the Screen Protector in place.  Bubbles don't show up.  Very clear and clean

Screen Protector on the control panel.  Can't even see it on.

Screen Protector on the control panel.  Can't even see it on.

Model shoot back of camera with the Screen Protector on.  The yellow dot is not an air bubble but a reflected light behind me.  You can see in the upper left corner where I touched the sticky side before putting it on.

Model shoot back of camera with the Screen Protector on.  The yellow dot is not an air bubble but a reflected light behind me.  You can see in the upper left corner where I touched the sticky side before putting it on.

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