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Review – GGS III Glass LCD Screen Protector with Extended Eyepiece

Here’s how the installed protector looks like on a Canon EOS 40D.

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The entire assembly is held by the eyepiece area, which is very secure, both the GGS III and the OEM eyepiece exhibits no loose wobbling when installed.

However, if you’re a Nikon user (not sure about the D5000 as it has an articulating screen, but GGS doesn’t support it yet anyway), the screen actually has a slip-lock at the base of the protector to keep it more securely fastened.

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Personally, I’m OK with the ‘hanging’ look you see above, not only because of the buttons underneath of the screen, but I don’t want the flap that locks onto the base of the camera to affect tripod mounting or affecting the levelness of the camera when placed on a flat surface.

The tapered edges allow easy access to the buttons below the frame as well.

The screen doesn’t exhibit any additional glare for a non-coated screen like the EOS 40D, but I’m not sure how much it affects cameras with anti-reflective screens. Light transmission and clarity is not visibly affected by the GGS III’s presence.

At certain angles, reflections may refract on the camera’s original LCD surface, but I’ve yet to notice it in field use as the refraction only occurs on REFLECTED light, not the light emitted by the camera’s LCD display.

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In the photo below, the installation guide was intentionally placed in front (3″) of the camera’s LCD to show reflectance. Honestly, the reflections are not visible in normal use at all and the purpose of this product is screen protection, not glare cancellation anyway.

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The thickness may seem apparent in the photos, but viewed physically, the GGS III protector looks very much a part of the camera, which is quite pleasing. The matte-black, textured finish coupled with the thin black frame mount finishes off the look.

I just wish they didn’t apply the 40D/50D text in the upper right corner, but that came off pretty easily with some acetone, so no worries there.

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As for protection, I haven’t used the GGS III long enough to give an honest critique. However, I have used the original version for over a year now and the original glass still looks very fresh and minimal surface marring. Do realize that I’m VERY rough on my gears, particularly camera bodies, and the original GGS screen protector has been serving me well, I’d expect the same from the GGS III since their specifications are similar.

I honestly feel that the only thing missing for the current GGS III glass LCD screen protector is the integration of proper anti-glare coatings. The new, slide-on installation takes away most issues that buyers have on the original version such as alignment, removal, and overall looks.

However, the easy, removable installation also alienated many non-Nikon and Canon DSLR users from enjoying this product, and these users can only use the original stick-on version mentioned in my previous review.

Overall, the GGS III glass LCD screen protector offers wonderful value, quality, practicality, and ease-of-use for the price. Considering that you’ve just purchased an extended eyepiece AND a glass screen protector for under US$20 is just a fantastic deal.

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