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.