The New GGS III LCD Glass Screen Protector!
You can read the original GGS LCD Glass Screen Protector review here.
After my favorable review of the original GGS LCD protector, a new version is now available for most DSLRs to use. This time, the GGS III offers a unique, non-stick, removable screen protector that offers the same kind of protection that impact-resistant glass offers, as well as the ease of removal and re-installation thanks to a viewfinder eyepiece extender mount.
In my previous GGS LCD protector review, one section that made a lot of people cringe was the inevitable breakage of the glass when it is flexed during removal. While the actual removal doesn’t affect the camera’s LCD itself, seeing a broken piece of glass made a lot of my readers wonder if it’s a good idea to use a hard piece of glass as a protective layer.
The new GGS version III solves that problem with an ingenious, but simple, viewfinder eyepiece frame that allows you to simply slide the whole glass frame using the viewfinder’s guide rails and the protector sits on top of the camera’s LCD without the use of any adhesive.
Naturally, with the eyepiece mounting design, each glass protector is customized for certain camera models. As of this article’s publishing, the only models supported for Canon are the ones with 3.0″ screens and Nikon D90 and higher models. No support for Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and other cameras.
Before we go onto the review, let’s take a look at what we’re getting.
The package arrived in the usual brown padded envelope and I was expecting the same cardboard-on-bubble-pack package like the original GGS screen protector’s packaging. I was pleasantly surprised the package appeared as a sleek, matte black sleeve with high-quality printing and packaging for the item.
Inside the black cardboard was a hard jewel case that has a better built than most brand-name lens filter cases. This is by far the best looking China-made camera accessory I’ve seen in quite a while!
Inside the jewel case contains the screen protector and a quick install guide.
Like I mentioned, the packaging is very well thought of. The GGS III protector is securely held in place by the molded cardboard.
The quick guide mentions three types of screen protectors but I guess it depends on the camera model the screen protector is made for. There’s no mention as to which type of protector is meant for a particular camera, but mine is a Canon 40/50D fit model, so it’s classified as “Type A” in the guide.
I think the other ‘types’ involve secondary screen protectors like the top LCD and the link (for 1D-series secondary rear LCDs, for example).
Their English is getting better as well!
The actual item is made of textured plastic that feels solid, secure, and matches the camera body’s finish quite well. There’s little to no flexing around the thinnest areas of the entire frame, which is quite reassuring.
The eyepiece allows you to simply slide the GGS III screen protector between the camera’s viewfinder rails and the eyepiece rubber. The fit feels a little tighter than how the original eyepiece or OEM eyepiece extender during installation, but nothing out of the ordinary. The tighter fit reduces the chance of both the GGS III and the original eyepiece from sliding out anyway (I’ve lost 3 eyepieces so far, so I’m glad this fits tighter than the original).
As you can see, the eyepiece automatically acts like an eyepiece extender for your viewfinder, effectively increasing eye relief by about 8mm, making it less likely for your nose to touch the LCD screen, and even if you did, the glass screen wipes off oil smudges really easily compared to plastic films or the bare LCD screen.
A nice added side-benefit as an original (or OEM) eyepiece extender like the Canon EX-15 will cost you about $15 bucks more.
Here’s how the camera-to-GGS III-to-eyepiece stack looks like (note, the GGS III and the eyepiece are NOT fully installed in the photo below, I’m just illustrating how the item is installed).
The entire installation took 10 seconds or so, so there’s no worries about aligning the protector to the edges of the screen, bubbles forming under the protector, etc. The frame around the glass is lined with felt as well, so there’s no hard surface rubbing between the GGS III and the camera body.