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I waas lucky enough to get a D7100 recently. I noticed it had no external monitor protection cover so contacted Nikon support, who replied very promptly as follows: "An external monitor cover is not available for the D7100 from Nikon because a scratch- and shock-resistant, reinforced glass is employed for the monitor surface. However, should you like to use extra protection, I'm quite sure there are third party companies making protective film for the screen. As we do not test our products with third party accessories." This gives me some reassurance but I wondered is it worth using a protective film.
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It is up to you really. Screens are real tough these days - but some protective film makes life safer and easier if you need to clean the screen from a smudge left by fingers or nose contact. Without much ado I just use my t-shirt
Screens are considerably tougher than they used to be. One used camera came with a Giottos cover that had been glued in place. I've no idea whether this is easily reversible.
I have tried protective film in the past but I did not like it, check out Speedgraphic to see what they have to offer in the way of protective covers. Pity Nikon have ceased to supply a plastic cover, they kept the smudges off if nothing else.
Quote: I wondered is it worth using a protective film.
From personal experience I think it is worth it, but the cover not a film.
I use the Giottos brand on my Sony Alpha 900 and twice they have been cracked by being banged against an object.
They just peeled off to reveal an undamaged original screen.
They clean well but can easily be replaced if required.
I second the Giottos route. I have had 3 and they are excellent if not cheap.
The glass is very tough on the back, i was told it was gorilla glass. If you find a decent cover, please let us know!!
Thanks for the comments I'm looking into the Giottos and Speedgraphic. I will post if I find a good one
If you can't find a Giottos Aegis glass protector specifically for the D7100, I think you will find the one they do for the D90/D80 will fit as well. They seem to be a bit thin on the ground but it's worth the search.
Quote: "An external monitor cover is not available for the D7100 from Nikon because a scratch- and shock-resistant, reinforced glass is employed for the monitor surface. However, should you like to use extra protection, I'm quite sure there are third party companies making protective film for the screen.
Nikon will sell you a protective "cover" for the D7100
You get 2 covers for the rear monitor and 2 covers for the top plate LED delivered from Germany for £12.99.
I have them on my D7100 and D800.
They provide what I consider reasonable protection as there is no provision for a clip on plastic cover.
The more expensive Giotto glass (assuming there is one for a D7100) seemed rather fragile on my D7000.
Try Amazon for cover I got one for my D5100 and it was only a couple of pounds
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