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When you buy a camera that costs around $5,000 new, you’d think it would come with an LCD protector – and you’d be dead wrong. Sometimes camera manufacturers make decisions that show they’re not always thinking of the customer first. This is one such time. But fortunately, even though Nikon doesn’t even think enough of us to OFFER an LCD protector for the D3, a company called Hoodman does. The Hoodman H-CAPD3 Hoodcap LCD for Nikon D3 is designed to snap onto the back of the D3 and protect the LCD from dust and scratches. I’ve been using one for eight months. It works as advertised.

When it comes to LCD protectors, the main thing I worry about is optical quality. Will the protector make it harder to see the LCD screen? In the case of the Hoodman product, the answer is no. I saw no difference between images viewed through the protector and viewed without the protector.

I’ve used my oldest D3 pretty well. It’s been on several big trips including my bear trip to Alaska, my bird trip to Bosque and my bird trip to Florida. So far, there’s not a scratch on it, so I guess it really is scratch-resistant, as they say on the website.

At $25 from the manufacturer, this is a spendy little accessory, but given the cost of replacing the LCD, I think it’s a fair trade-off. Hoodman H-CAPD3 HoodCap for the Nikon D3. You can get it for about $18 at Amazon.

For more information visit Hoodman.

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  1. Scott, the Amazon.com link is broken.

  2. Scott, the Amazon.com link is broken.

  3. There is a product I have found also called the Invisible Shield, you can add it to pretty much any device that has a screen (too bad they don’t make them for windshields!) But it’s like a kevlar coating for your screen.

    http://www.zagg.com/invisibleshield/nikon-d3-cases-screen-protectors-covers-skins-shields.php

    I got one for my phone and camera, next would be for my MacBook.

  4. There is a product I have found also called the Invisible Shield, you can add it to pretty much any device that has a screen (too bad they don’t make them for windshields!) But it’s like a kevlar coating for your screen.

    http://www.zagg.com/invisibleshield/nikon-d3-cases-screen-protectors-covers-skins-shields.php

    I got one for my phone and camera, next would be for my MacBook.

  5. Scott,

    How do adhesive screen protectors compare to the snap-on variety like this one? I was specifically thinking about the Invisible Shield that Jeni linked to. I’ve heard they last forever, but I don’t know how optically clear they are.

    I wouldn’t want ANY screen protector to distort the image on my camera. That’s why I’ve gone naked on my cameras so far.

  6. Why doesn’t Nikon just copy Canon and make a nearly bulletproof LCD protector that’s already on the camera! Then if it happens to get scratched, it’s as cheap and easy as repairing the $20 piece of plastic that’s already covering the LCD.

    I have rarely seen a scratched Canon LCD, but I’ve sure found a fair share of the Nikon LCD protectors laying around…

  7. I find it shocking that the D3 doesn’t come with an LCD cover when my humble D80 did. Very odd!

  8. I find it shocking that the D3 doesn’t come with an LCD cover when my humble D80 did. Very odd!

  9. What’s funny is Nikon designed the camera to take a shield. The pin setup is on a larger scale but matches the D2x which came with a shield. I had my Hoodman H-CAPD3 \ since day one and it has work great. There are two third party products I could not imagine my camera without. The UpStrap and the Hoodman H-CAPD3.

  10. I also have the invisible shield by Zagg. It’s tops in my book. You can take a knife to it and it won’t scratch and it doesn’t change the dimensions of the camera or distort the image on the screen. There are videos of it in action on youtube. Made from material used to coat the blades of military helicopters, so you know it’s good stuff. The one I got for my 40D came with a shield for the top lcd panel as well.

  11. Scott you surprise me. The reason the D3 does not come with a screen protector is that the LCD is equipped with tempered glass. Does it make sense to go through the expense of using tempered glass if you are going to provide a screen protector? I think it is awesome that they provided a way to affix a protector at all.

    This is one of those cases where you are dammed if you do or dammed if you don’t. Like when your listeners want you the provide MP3s as well as MP4 files. You just make a choice.

    “Nikon D3 LCD
    While the 3.0-inch, 921,600 dot LCD (1,920 columns and 480 rows) is the same gorgeous screen as the one in the D300, the Nikon D3 protects it with tempered glass so no LCD cover is required. I was very careful not to scratch it any way (no buttons rubbing against it when I carried it strapped over my neck) but it did seem particularly tough.”

    From: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D3/D3A.HTM

  12. Scott you surprise me. The reason the D3 does not come with a screen protector is that the LCD is equipped with tempered glass. Does it make sense to go through the expense of using tempered glass if you are going to provide a screen protector? I think it is awesome that they provided a way to affix a protector at all.

    This is one of those cases where you are dammed if you do or dammed if you don’t. Like when your listeners want you the provide MP3s as well as MP4 files. You just make a choice.

    “Nikon D3 LCD
    While the 3.0-inch, 921,600 dot LCD (1,920 columns and 480 rows) is the same gorgeous screen as the one in the D300, the Nikon D3 protects it with tempered glass so no LCD cover is required. I was very careful not to scratch it any way (no buttons rubbing against it when I carried it strapped over my neck) but it did seem particularly tough.”

    From: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D3/D3A.HTM

  13. I sated in my first comment I applaud Nikon for making a way for 3rd parties to make a little money to fill the gap. I also do not think that under the majority of shooting conditions the D3 needs a screen protector. Now that being said I also think that added peace of protection could be useful for certain situations. If that is your situation Nikon has lovingly (meant to be funny) provided for you by not excluding a way to affix a screen protector.

    Willing to agree to disagree.

  14. I sated in my first comment I applaud Nikon for making a way for 3rd parties to make a little money to fill the gap. I also do not think that under the majority of shooting conditions the D3 needs a screen protector. Now that being said I also think that added peace of protection could be useful for certain situations. If that is your situation Nikon has lovingly (meant to be funny) provided for you by not excluding a way to affix a screen protector.

    Willing to agree to disagree.

  15. @scott What did you use on your Canon’s?

  16. @scott What did you use on your Canon’s?

  17. @ Kvocal Define normal shooting conditions. I take my camera to bull riding, sprints MMA, pro wrestling, football soccer, hockey, shootings, traffic accidents, natural disasters, plane crashes and various news events. Scott shoots the back country. I can’t speak for Scott, but I value a decent shield that an extra layer of protection. I use kevlar neckstraps and UV filters for my gear. So $25 verses a possible $500 repair works for me. The only place for me that it would make sense not to have the shield would be a pristine studio.

  18. Craziness. My Nikons D70 and D200 came with them. One would think the flagship would have them too. Have they stopped shipping with all the new cameras?

  19. Craziness. My Nikons D70 and D200 came with them. One would think the flagship would have them too. Have they stopped shipping with all the new cameras?

  20. My Invisible shield is still in the package…I am becoming like Alex and procrastinating! Maybe this weekend I’ll get it on there.

  21. My Invisible shield is still in the package…I am becoming like Alex and procrastinating! Maybe this weekend I’ll get it on there.

  22. Wow talk about a Nikon fan boy. I don’t care what the LCD is made of I want it protected. And by the way, why did Nikon build in hooks for the protector if it’s such a far fetched idea?

    I realize some people feel the need to defend each and every decision Nikon makes. I am not one of those. I shoot Nikon and like their cameras, but I am willing to call em out when they miss something and this time they missed.

    And your cheap shot about the MP3 is in no way relevant. Since the post is about a solution for this problem not the fact that it exists.

  23. Wow talk about a Nikon fan boy. I don’t care what the LCD is made of I want it protected. And by the way, why did Nikon build in hooks for the protector if it’s such a far fetched idea?

    I realize some people feel the need to defend each and every decision Nikon makes. I am not one of those. I shoot Nikon and like their cameras, but I am willing to call em out when they miss something and this time they missed.

    And your cheap shot about the MP3 is in no way relevant. Since the post is about a solution for this problem not the fact that it exists.

  24. First off Scott I was trying to be funny. And as far as the fanboy comment I am the owner of 2 Canons a S-40 and a 20D. But I can’t lie to you I am kind of a Nikon Fanboy because my Canons are backup to my D3… and wait for it… a Nikon F that I got from my father.

    The point that I was trying to make (sorry to offend) is the other camera’s screens kind of need the protection because of the materials they are made of.

    Letting My FanBoy flag fly.

    Now I will Shut up.

  25. Kbocal – the snarky part of your original comment which I deleted doesn’t impress me as an attempt at humor – but maybe you’re just not good at it. In any event, I am not offended. I simply wanted to express my opinion about your opinion:) I guess some people think I shouldn’t have the right to respond to comments but frankly, that doesn’t bother me. I’ll respond when I feel like I have something to add.

    I note you didn’t respond to my question about the built-in hooks.

  26. Kbocal – the snarky part of your original comment which I deleted doesn’t impress me as an attempt at humor – but maybe you’re just not good at it. In any event, I am not offended. I simply wanted to express my opinion about your opinion:) I guess some people think I shouldn’t have the right to respond to comments but frankly, that doesn’t bother me. I’ll respond when I feel like I have something to add.

    I note you didn’t respond to my question about the built-in hooks.

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