The Hoodman Hoodcap, a see-through cap for the Nikon D1's rear LCD monitor, is now shipping. The Hoodcap, which replaces the opaque cap that ships with the camera, should be a boon for wearers of eyeglasses especially, or anyone else concerned about keeping their LCD monitor in pristine condition. The hard plastic cap, which fits firmly and snugly into place, does a yeoman's job of protecting the LCD monitor from scratches while still allowing easy viewing of images on it.
Hoodcap in place on a Nikon D1
At first glance, the Hoodcap seems much larger than Nikon's cap. It isn't; the white, semi-opaque frame of the Hoodcap stands in contrast to the D1's black body, making it appear to take up more space than it actually does.
The Hoodcap features a tiny hole in its left tab (see photo above), so that a lanyard may be used to secure it to the camera's strap. As the Hoodcap doesn't block camera controls or protrude from the camera appreciably more than Nikon's stock cap, it's unlikely that users will see the need to remove it. Except, perhaps, for cleaning: The Hoodcap shows nose grease and thumb smears about as readily as the LCD monitor it protects.
Nikon's opaque cap (top); Hoodcap (bottom)
Since there is no protective cap for the Hoodcap, expect that its clear panel will accumulate scratches over time. At US$20 each, it may make sense for some to purchase two Hoodcaps per camera, keeping the spare in reserve until scratches overwhelm the primary one. Also, note that if you regularly refer to a cheat sheet of Custom Settings stuck to the inside of the Nikon cap, that cheat sheet will require a new home once your D1 is converted to the Hoodcap.
The Hoodcap is available now for US$19.95 direct from Hoodman, or from certain US pro camera dealers.
A collapsible hood for the D1's LCD monitor, called the Hoodman-HD1, is still about four weeks away from completion. It will attach to the Hoodcap to minimize glare, and apparently will feature an innovative collapsible design that will allow it to remain in place even while the camera is being used to shoot pictures. It is expected to sell for about US$50.