I scratch tested the camera and it passed with flying colors. The
interior mechanism is known as a Unit I (Unit Eye) shuttle. This is
one of the features that makes the 2709 the best camera of its day.
Specialeffects were being done in camera in 1918, and this camera
has a rotoscope Unit I that allows for viewing your scene, on the
film, through the viewing tube in the door. This type of camera had
a rackover system that took time and effort to operate. The Director
of Photography had to get the camera into position so that he could
view the scene through the lens. Rotoscoping the camera allowed for
viewing and setting of critical focus without having to move the camera
to another position. This, along with a rock steady image, made 2709's
very popular cameras for screen titles and animation.