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    Posted: 01 November 2011 at 10:08
I thought I'd share this, in case I can save someone else...

I've used protective film on all my gadgets with LCDs for years, with only beneficial effects. However, when I came to change the film on my A55, this happened...



Obviously the LCD has some kind of anti-glare coating, which was partially removed when I peeled off the protective film

Since the damage is done, I saw no reason not to replace the film, and it's somewhat less noticeable. With the monitor on, it's hardly noticeable at all, so it doesn't affect the functionality of the camera.

My advice: if you have film on your A55 (and other SLT?) screen, LEAVE IT ON! You can probably polish the film when it gets scratched or greasy.

Last point - I just replaced the film on my a850, for the second time, and the LCD monitor was perfect!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dd001 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 10:30
Thanks for the advice, never seen anything like that
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Hmmm, I've been using the stick on protective screens from my kids NDS, cut to size, they are tough and peel off quite easy , well on my A350 and A550 they do.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 10:53
Are you sure that's not glue left behind from the film?
I've used a couple different brands of protectors and never had that problem, who made that sheet? If it is glue it can be removed by wetting it with a window cleaner, then take a razor blade and gently drag (not scrape, with the edge pointing away from you pull it towards you) the glue together into a ball.
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The wear looks similar to that experienced by David Kilpatrick on his NEX - however the article here suggests that you can buy (and fit) replacements at a reasonable price...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mink Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 11:23
Thanks all. Rob - unfortunately it is definitely a coating on the screen that was pulled off, not adhesive left behind. I've been using this cut-to-size film for years (made by Fellowes) on all manner of cameras, cellphones, GPS and what-have-you without a problem... until now.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote vincentius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 14:01
EWWW
Would the GGS one do this, anyone? I just bought one for my A77, mentioned in one of the threads here.
Oh, and another way I can't remember, perhaps you could sponge it first before removing it, to weaken the glue or something. For future reference if anyone is removing their protective film :)
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I would definitely be talking to Fellowes about that!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Heyjijdaar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 14:09
I had a similar experience with polishing the screen of my A380. The screen has got a coating... the blueish tint is the coating. I tried polishing the side before the middle of the screen... and noticed to late that it was coated.

I would also ring Fellowes about this. I think the glue has gone mad... old.

Besides changing the screen cover of the A380 would have cost me 37,50 (including shipment costs back).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sybersitizen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 15:02
The new multi-layered TruBlack LCD structure is now well known (by many of us, at least). The layering, described here, is what makes the screen look so good. If a camera has a TruBlack LCD, assume that it has those layers and be careful.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote vincentius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 15:21
Originally posted by sybersitizen sybersitizen wrote:

If a camera has a TruBlack LCD, assume that it has those layers and be careful.

Does 'be careful' means careful while removing, or do not apply any protective film in the first place?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote erix Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 15:35
Thanks for sharing !
I was thinking about "protecting" my A33. I was using such protector on my A300 without issues.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hotdog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 15:39
There is no real need to use a screen protector on the A55 when you can simply fold the vulnerable side inwards when not in use. It's a real shame the OP had to find out the hard way. Thanks for sharing - at least others will be pre-warned.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sybersitizen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2011 at 16:05
Originally posted by sybersitizen sybersitizen wrote:

If a camera has a TruBlack LCD, assume that it has those layers and be careful.

Originally posted by vincentius vincentius wrote:

Does 'be careful' means careful while removing, or do not apply any protective film in the first place?

Be careful about applying and removing a protector. I too have a soft film protector on my A55, but it's not a super sticky type. I put it there knowing about the TruBlack design, and will be careful when it's time to take it off.

Originally posted by Hotdog Hotdog wrote:

There is no real need to use a screen protector on the A55 when you can simply fold the vulnerable side inwards when not in use.

The TruBlack LCD's top layer is soft - much softer than the surface of ordinary LCDs. You cannot guarantee that an unprotected A55 LCD will not become damaged unless you never rotate it outward to look at it.
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