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    Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    OK, last dumb question for the night...

    On the Canon 5d cameras (and other Canon models I believe) the built-in LCD screen protector is a cheap and simple replacement item for the camera (running about $10 or so). Since it's so inexpensive and easy to do, I don't believe that adding a screen protector gains you much in terms of protection, and you loose some ease of viewing the screen (more/worse reflections).

    The a900 looks like it has a similar screen protector built in. Can anyone confirm that this is the case? I'll put a protector on it if I need to, but I'd prefer to not have to do that.

    Thanks for the advice.


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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    It is similar but and I liked my Nikon one a bit better. In Monument Valley I did end up with one bit of sand between it and the LCD which did give me a bit of a scratch. So, off it went and will not return. If mine gets bad, I think I will eventually send it to Sony to replace the glass cover assuming it isn't outrageously expensive.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Terry,

    Thanks for that info. That's generally why I prefer to not use a protector!


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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    I use the Sony soft protector and the hard protector together, that way a piece of sand getting between the hard protector and screen will not scratch the screen.

    The hard protector plastic scratches very easily, I have ordered a cheaper chinese copy of it to replace the original Sony one.

    The coating on the Sony screen apparently does scratch easily, hence my obsessive protection measures.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    ....The hard protector plastic scratches very easily....
    You ain't kidding, these sony protectors are utter rubbish. They mark so easily they become useless after a period of time.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    You ain't kidding, these sony protectors are utter rubbish. They mark so easily they become useless after a period of time.
    I wouldn't mind if they were 10 a penny.

    Anyway, will see how the Chinese knockoff version does, can't be any worse.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Can you point me to the soft one? I agree the hard one also scratches. My Nikon version was quite good.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    There is a discussion going on http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/the-giot...546_page1.html about some Giottos 12 layer glass screen. Some guy is peeved about a US importer not willing to get the right screen for the a900.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Can you point me to the soft one? I agree the hard one also scratches. My Nikon version was quite good.
    The one you want is LCD Protect Sheet PCK-LS4AM, it is actually 2 sheets, one for the rear main LCD and a smaller one for the top display.

    I have Googled but have not found a USA source for you, it is available in Europe, so I would imagine that US should also have it.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    I found one on eBay in Hong Kong, they ship to USA.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Genuine-SONY-Fil...806196001r9713
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    I use the GGS glass LCD protector for the a900, and I really like it.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-GGS-Rigid-LC...d=p3286.c0.m14

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    I have the Giottos screen. Seems like the same thing as the GGS screen but costs double. The Giottos screen doesn't fit all that well. It fits the Sony, but was made for the Canon. If you buy one set it up flush at the top. I went for the bottom and it looks goofy. I'm not that worried about the top screen.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    I use Sony's hard protector because I realized like every one else that the screen is prone to scratches. The protector itself scratches easily but this can only be seen when the screen is off. When reviewing pictures the scratches are invisible. Anyway, the protector is only like 15$ so I guess I can afford to change it once or twice a year I honestly don't really mind to use the camera with or without this piece of plastic, it's not something to worry about. I'm more worried about what Zeiss glass will ever be released, and how am I going to pay for it
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    eBay GGS glass fits perfectly, and I cannot tell that anything has been applied or added to the screen.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by tom in mpls View Post
    eBay GGS glass fits perfectly, and I cannot tell that anything has been applied or added to the screen.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    I looked into the GGS and decided to try one. I'll report back on this once I have the cover in place.


    Thanks for the discussion folks.


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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    wow, it sounds like the hard screen isn't very good. i'm glad i didn't get one.

    i found the lcd screen excessively saturated and didn't really reflect the shot when viewed on a computer. i added a cheap generic $1 soft walmart lcd screen protector film which seemed to degrade the image somewhat but it seems to be more accurate.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    I found one on eBay in Hong Kong, they ship to USA.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Genuine-SONY-Fil...806196001r9713
    Thanks for the link!

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Still waiting for the knock off Hard cover I ordered from eBay item to arrive, it has been shipped...
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    The Sony plastic "had protector" sacrificed itself to save my LCD already. It's got some scratches in it, but the LCD is still pristine. Money well spent, IMHO. I'm happy to toss a $16 part in the recycle bin to save the hassle of dealing with a scratched LCD. I have been watching that Dyxum thread with interest. Now that I see that the Giottos protector fits properly and can be removed without stressing the original screen I'm willing to try it.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    My original Sony A900 hard protector scratched and also the upper tab cracked. I got an identical knock-off (made by JJC in China) from Hong Kong - looks the same and fits the same, just has not got Sony stamped on it. It cost 6.50 incl delivery which took 24 days.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    I picked up a GGS screen and a hand strap, and everything is working out nicely. The GGS screen is basically invisible on the camera, and the price is very good, too.

    Thanks for the info everyone.


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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Hi everyone..
    I bought new Samsung LCD last week and i need some solid protection on the screen. So could anyone here please suggest me some websites providing protector film for my LCD screen?


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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Robin, http://www.zagg.com/ is another resource for protective films.

    On-topic, I did end up using the snap-on Sony LCD protector for a while, and at one point something was pressed against it in the bag and it flexed inward and left a scuff mark on the camera LCD protector -- which I believe is plastic. I've had that replaced and have since gone with the proper Giottos protector which I absolutely love. There is a discussion on the SP 83010 here. My Oct 1 post at the end of that thread mentions a source and how I had to ask them to post the item on ebay since their checkout system does not support shipping to the US. This is the correct protector for the a900 and fits perfectly.

    Some additional observations on this subject:

    • Sony Protector
      • When using outdoors with polarized sunglasses on, the resulting interference patterns will make you think Timothy Leary slipped something into your morning coffee.
      • Has a significant negative impact on visibility of the LCD, particularly after the inevitable application of nose oil...
      • Can trap grit and grind up the in-camera protector; the camera has to be sent to repair to replace it.
    • Giottos Protector
      • Practically invisible when installed, even when wearing polarized sunglasses.
      • Very rigid and does not flex inward and threaten the built-in protector.
      • Completely seals the area, preventing the ingress of dust, grit, etc. between it and the built-in protector.
      • At twice the price of the Sony POS, has withstood 4x the handling that the Sony withstood before the plastic began to look a bit shabby -- and the glass protector still looks pristine when I clean it.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Dave, I feel the same way about the GGS protector I mentioned above, and it is cheaper than the Giottos.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Doug, does the GGS have a laminated safety layer to contain glass shards and keep them off the LCD in the event that the protector breaks? That's one feature of the Giottos unit that I like, at least conceptually. I found a current auction for the GGS unit and it doesn't state anything about this.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    I have a Giottos. It cracked, no idea how, but glad it did its job. Next one will be a GGS. I don't think the Giottos is worth the money in light of other options, but I do think you need something.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Bill, was it the 6-layer or 12-layer version?
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    Nice topic. Thanks for the useful link.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Anderson View Post
    Bill, was it the 6-layer or 12-layer version?
    Sorry Dave, just saw your post. It was the 12-layer version. I'm pretty sure the glass is the same on either version, just the number of coatings. I don't have any issue with the clarity, only with the durability. My feeling is that if it is that easy to break, might as well break the cheaper one.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    I have just installed the GGS screen protector on my a850: it fits perfectly, no problems with bubbles.

    Only con (but important): it's a piece of simple glass, with no anti-reflection coating so be prepared to a scarce readability in daylight, and a slightly blue cast.

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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Where are these available? Please.
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    Re: Is a900 LCD screen protector necessary?

    Dave, check the dyxum link above for a post around the beginning of this month; there should be link to Harrison's in the UK. They are set up to take overseas orders. If you want GGS, I think those are more readily available - try google/ebay.
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