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The World's Most Advanced 70mm Production System

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Todd-AO, 1987Date: 14.03.2020
Handheld Camera

The System

CineSpace 70 is a complete 70mm camera system offering the convenience and ease of operation found in most 35mm systems. State-of-the-art CineSpace 70 cameras and lenses produce spectacular image quality unlike any ever seen in a theatrical format - a fact we're proud to demonstrate. CineSpace 70 has it all - handheld mobility, slow-motion, time-lapse, super wide-angle, telephoto, special effects, aerial and underwater capabilities, video assist, and much more! In addition to incredible 70mm screen quality, CineSpace 70 offers an enormous bonus: 35mm release prints rivaling the quality of 70mm prints!


Our new CineSpace 70 cameras are designed for optimum results in both studio and location filming. The sound cameras are quiet, compact and lightweight compared to the bulky 70mm equipment of the past. The highspeed cameras not only function for time-lapse and slow-motion photography, but also serve as wild cameras. Our handheld cameras, just over 30 pounds, are ideal for Steadicam shuts, use with Hotheads, as well as first and second unit shooting. So with CineSpace 70 you get speed, flexibility and unprecedented results for both 35mm and 70mm release.
More in 70mm reading:

PDF: Cinespace 70 Brochure
PDF: Cinespace 70 price list, January 1993

CineSpace 70 / ClearVision 2000 by Todd-AO

Dr. Richard Vetter about ClearVision 2000

Compact Distribution Print by Todd-AO's Todd-AO Page

Internet link:

High Speed Camera


State-of-the-art design by the world's top three manufacturers of precision optics is the basis for the superior performance of our CineSpace 70 lenses. Modern antireflective coatings, exotic glass types and precision mounting and collimating add up to resolution that extends the resolving power of the film in the camera. Our wide range of focal lengths will excite the imaginations of directors and cinematographers alike. From 24mm "Cinerama field" through mid-range and portraiture to extreme telephoto, each and every setup can be accommodated. We have zooms, fisheyes and perspective control optics to satisfy special needs.


CineSpace 70 is designed for use with the Arrifiex mattebox and follow-focus systems. Video assist, orientable viewfinders, extension eyepieces, remote controls, power supplies and special purpose motors are also available. A host of tripods, camera heads and other support equipment is ready on request.
Sound Camera

Some of the world's greatest motion pictures were produced in 70mm:


And some of the great, new motion pictures will be produced in Cinespace 70 by Todd-AO

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CineSpace 70 presentation August 10, 1987
AC, Vol. 68, No. 10, October 1987

Handheld Camera on Steadicam

Todd-AO introduced its new CineSpace 70 series of cameras at a special meeting of the American Society of Cinematographers on August 10, 1987. In the excellent screening room at Glen Glenn Sound in Hollywood, an impressive demonstration of the capabilities of the new cameras met with enthusiastic approval by a gathering of top cinematographers and film industry technical experts.

The presentation consisted of two reels of "Oklahoma!" which was filmed by Todd-AO 33 years ago, followed by a group of test films made with the new equipment under a variety of conditions and utilizing many new lenses. Commentary was supplied by Dr. Richard Vetter, technical director of United Artists Communication; Buzz Knudson, president of Todd-AO; Doug Fries, head of Fries Engineering; Lee Parker, producer of the demo films; and Jack Cooperman, ASC program chairman.

It was clear from the statements of Knudson and Vetter that the systems were developed in the conviction that the future of theatrical motion pictures lies in wide film presentation.

"Everything has been vastly improved - cameras, film stock, lenses - yet we were seeing better images on the screen 30 years ago," Vetter noted. The "Oklahoma!" footage proved his point eloquently. Produced in 70mm and photographed at 30 fps, the musical evidenced visuals superior to any recent theatrical releases. "The majority of present day moviegoers have never seen 70mm features photographed on wide film." Vetter pointed out that less than half the capabilities of present 35mm film reaches the screen, and that the present 1.85 ratio crops off 40% of the [potential] image. "Blowups to 70mm from 35mm are brighter and bigger, but have no better definition."

After the "Oklahoma!" screening, Knudson said that Todd-AO is dedicated to "bringing back that kind of quality." The assemblage of cinematographers responded enthusiastically.

CineSpace 70 is available in a studio sound model and in a "wild" MOS model which can be hand-held or used with Steadicam. The MOS camera is crystalled at 24, 30 and 60 fps and can be driven at higher speeds. It weighs just over 30 lbs, considerably less than the bulky 70mm equipment of the past. It can be used for time-lapse, aerial work, underwater photography and slow-motion work. It uses 350-ft. or 1000-ft. magazines.

The sound camera, with crystal speeds of 24 or 30 fps, is notably quiet, compact and lightweight. Both models were adapted from the Mitchell AP cameras by Fries Engineering Co. They feature reflex viewing, using butterfly-type mirrors. The reflex viewing tubing is orientable. Both cameras are compatible with Arriflex accessories such as matte boxes, follow focus systems, filters, etc.

Computer Designed Optics

The CineSpace 70 lenses were designed by three leading manufacturers of precision optics. "Modern anti-reflection coatings, exotic glass types and precision mounting and collimating add up to resolution that exceeds the resolving power of the film in the camera." The range of lenses available includes a:

24mm T4 120░ field fisheye;
24mm T3.5 120░;
28mm T3.5 82░;
30mm T3.5 82░ fisheye;
35mm T2.8 70░;
40mm T4 62░;
50mm T1.4 52░;
50mm T2.8 52░;
85mm 1.8 32░;
110mm T2 25░;
200mm T4 12░;

6X Zoom 65-390mm T5.6 42-7░; and a
3X Zoom 70-210mm T3.5 40-13░.

Telephoto lenses up to 1200mm are available on special request.

Extension eyepieces with power magnification are self-correcting up to 180░ with manual override. Also available are remote controls, power supplies, all-purpose motors, camera heads, tripods and other support equipment.

70mm / CineSpace 70
450% Greater Image Area

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