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Rifle & Pistol – M. Oswald

This image was taken by Marina Oswald using the camera below

FBI photo of the Oswald Camera

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Assassination – Altgens

In 1963 Associated Press photographer, James “Ike” Altgens, using a Nikkorex F with a pre AI 10.5 cm (105mm) lens was the only professional to capture the Kennedy assassination on film.

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Assassination – Willis

Argus Autronic I 35mm camera with the fixed 50mm lens, used by assassination witness Phil Willis to make a series of pictures before, during and after the assassination on November 22, 1963. Willis was standing on the south side of Elm Street during the shooting

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Argus Autronic I


Assassination – Moorman

Mary Moorman was present at the assassination of JFK; she was across the street from Abraham Zapruder and shown in his film.   She took two shots of the motorcade with her Polaroid 80b camera, but only one survived to be published.   This captured nearly the moment of the fatal shot hitting JFK, from across the street but aligned with the rear driver’s side of the limousine.  The Grassy Knoll is the backdrop of her image.  The missing photo is the subject of controversy.  The color photo shows Moorman (right) in the Zapruder film.


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Shooting of Oswald – Jackson

Dallas Times Herald photographer Robert H. “Bob” Jackson took this Pulitzer Prize winning photo nearly simultaneously with the shot that killed Oswald.  He used a Nikon S3 with a 3.5 cm (35mm) Nikkor lens.

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Funeral – Stearns

UPI photographer Stan Stearns took the picture outside St. Matthew’s Cathedral, after the Kennedy family emerged from the church following the funeral of President John F. Kennedy on Monday, Nov. 25, 1963.  He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, but lost to Bob Jackson for the shooting of Oswald.

Stearns took one picture of John-John, the first frame on a 36-frame roll of Kodak Tri-X black-and-white film shot on a Nikon F camera with a manual film advance.  Stearns triggered the shutter just as little John saluted his father’s casket. Stearns left the funeral procession and rushed back to the office, incurring the wrath of his editors — until they saw the photo that would become iconic.

1963 configurations of  Nikon F cameras