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Static Master Brush 1 - Inch


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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0000AE67S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Staticmaster Brushes have a strip of polonium that neutralizes static electricity as the camel's hair brush removes dust from the negatives. Available in 1" or 3" sizes. Connector allows one or more 3" brushes to be joined together.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kent on December 2, 2005
The best and most effective tool for getting dust and lint off negatives and slides before they go into the scanner or enlarger. Cleans film without electrostatic charge builup that attracts more airborne particles. I know of nothing else that's even close to equally effective. Dramatically reduces time spent cloning/spotting/retouching. For digital scanner users, greatly reduces post-scan effort in situations where digital dust removal often fails or produces unwanted side effects (on B+W and on Kodachrome).

Pros: Produces negatives/slides that are very close to dust- and lint-free

Cons: Polonium cartridge needs replacing every 3-5 years, and proper disposal requires mailing old cartridge to a qualified disposal facility (free except for the envelope and stamp).

I can't imagine scanning 35mm film without one of these. I REALLY can't imagine wet darkroom printing without one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Woolner on April 21, 2010
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I have used the Static-Master 1" brush for over twenty years, and been very satisfied with its performance. Until I purchased one for myself, they had all been supplied at work. When I received mine 'new' I was surprised to find that October 2010 was the 'shelf life' or 'use by' date. The radioactive component of the brush decays as it emits the alpha particles that make it so effective in eliminating static electricity from negatives. Unfortunately, there was no information online to indicate what the 'use by' date on the item was. I look carefully afterward and could not find anything. With the cost of the product, I was chagrined to find that my $ 60+ purchase was going to "expire" in less than 9 months.

It would be more honest of the seller to indicate during the purchasing process what the shelf life of the product is. I would hope that for the price, you could get at least a year or two of use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harold on February 18, 2008
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After careful observation, this product is amazing at removing dust, particularly loose dust, from the surface of a slide. If you are scanning slides yourself, you need this product. I pass the StaticMaster over both sides of each slide I scan. This product does not remove fingerprints, scratches, or spots caused by something other than dust.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By golden_ on October 18, 2008
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I used a new Static-Master brush for cleaning slides prior to scanning. I tried several different techniques for cleaning my slides, including using a plain soft brush (no polonium). Honestly, I could not tell a difference in the effectiveness of the various cleaning strategies I used. Definitely not worth the extra cost for StaticMaster.

Like any brush, this one cleans off loose dust and lint, but does not remove years-old specks that are stuck to the film. The specks are a far greater problem on many of your old slides.

Definitely not worth the extra cost for StaticMaster.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Burnette on September 13, 2008
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This is only the second one I've bought in more than 35 years simply because the first one lasted so long (although remember the element must be replaced annually).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DW on April 25, 2013
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I took off two points because of the high price - $100 for a 1" brush seems excessive. Also, it's kind of hard to quantify the effectiveness of the polonium element, which is supposed to create a static charge when brushed across the surface to be cleaned. That charge the dust particles stick to the brush. For me, an old (expired) brush seems to work almost as well.

If you have lenses and developed film to clean, a brush is mandatory. Blowing off the dust with a spray can or a rubber syringe doesn't get the particles that have stuck to the glass or the film by static electricity. Some of this "bonded" dust can be disloged mechanically by spraying with a "dust spray" can, or by using a rubber "bulb" device to create a jet of air against the dusty surface. In principle, the StaticMaster brush neutrailizes the static electricity "bonds" and creates a temporary bond to the brush bristles. The brush can be made dust-free again by brushing it against a clean surface, like a thoroughly cleaned desktop surface. This charges that surface and moves the dust from the brush to the surface.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neal Machtiger on August 19, 2010
I had been using this product on and off for many years. The most recent I own is a 1". Worked OK. HOWEVER, when I went to replace the polonium strip, as I had done a number of times in the past, I was shocked at the new price for the strip.I have NOT ordered a new strip.

Needless to say, it now resides in the bottom of my gear bad as just another ordinary brush.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MusingCrow VINE VOICE on January 28, 2008
I first learned about Static Master in photography school and have been using them for 16 years now. I think it is a superior product for lens cleaning. Works like a dream. I like the fact that the cartridge is replaceable (they recommend yearly) and you can just mail the old cartridge back to the company for recycling. Highly recommend!
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