October is for Optics

That’s correct, October is our optics month at NationalOffsetWarehouse and we’re adding products to meet all your optics needs in the press room. Our latest additions are below.

  1. Beta “S” Series Color Relfection Densitometers. BetaColor Densitometers are popular because they are easy-to-use units for all press levels and types while retaining advanced features. Speaking of easy to use, did we mention that BetaColor Densitometers require ZERO maintenance, and have automatic modes for both dot grain and trap? Starting at only $1,849.99 these come with full customer support from Beta Industries and a 7-year warranty on Perma Filters and the light source.
  2. Betalog Transmission Densitometer 150. Beta Industries compact & portable transmission densitometer with a built in light source and serial data port. This classic densitometer has stood the test of time due to its solid reputation for performance where it counts. At only $1249.99, this small investment will surely save you some serious coin.
  3. Simplifying things a bit, NationalOffsetWarehouse brings you a 30X illuminated pocket microscope. Instead of relying on lighting conditions in your plant, guarantee you can see every detail wherever you go with this pocketable, AA battery powered, 30X illuminated pocket microscope. At only $29.95 each, you can afford to have 3 or 4 of these in your press room to help run your plant more efficiently.
Beta Industries Color Reflection Densitometer

Available for only $1,849.99 at

Read More

LumaMag Add on Light for Pressroom Loupes

October must be the month of press room optics. The sun’s going down earlier, the weather’s turning cold, and we have the products to keep your print jobs registered and bright for your customers. As most of you know, we carry a quiver of press room loupes & optics; however in light of the shortening days, we decided to add something to help your eyes.

Add on light for loupes

The LumaMag Add-On Light works with 10X Betamax, Paragon and Lithomag folding loupes and costs $38.75, while the 12X version works with Lithomag and Betamag folding loupes and costs $41.75.

As usual each product comes the best customer support you’ve come to expect from

Read More

Pressroom | Printroom Optics – What to use and when

We get many calls from pressroom managers asking us which loupe or magnifier is best for certain situations. Often we refer them to this handy press room loupe recommendation table to help guide them in their purchases. This table is also on our website at

Magnifier Recommendations
Magnifier Usage
x 1″ Linen tester (6X)
General-purpose work.  The graphic arts most popular magnifier.
Round Stand Magnifier
Large 60 mm field-of-view is ideal for viewing color transparencies on a slide sorter or light box
Plastic Base Loupe
Excellent working distance, wide field and clear base makes this unit best suited for darkroom and stripping areas.
10X & 12X LithoMags Sufficient working distance to be used in stripping department for touch-ups.  Achromatic lens system is perfect for press checks.
20X LithoMag Higher magnification shows some spherical aberration.  Reduced working distance.  Best suited for camera focusing, registration checks, slur and gain checks.
Swivel Base Loupes
Moderate working distance allows unit to be used in stripping department.  Use in pressroom for registration checks.
Swivel Base Loupe
Achromatic lens system.  Reduced working distance due to high magnification.  Lens shows some spherical aberration.  Adjustable focus lens with locking ring.  Best suited for critical camera focusing, registration checks, dot gain and slur checks.
50X, 75X and 100X Pocket Microscopes
Used for close-up inspection of small areas.  Pen-style makes them handy to keep in your shirt pocket.
– 200X Stand Microscopes
Used for the most critical checking of register and dot structure. Should be used to view printed circuit boards and bar codes.
8X Econo Loupes General inspection work in pressroom and camera department.  Clear plastic skirt prevents working under lens, so they are not recommended for stripping.
Peak Loupes
Large format for viewing 120/220 film, focusing on ground glass of cameras

Read More