|15mm ƒ3.5 AI-S
Rectilinear extreme wide angle.
16mm ƒ2.8 AF-D
Full-frame “fisheye” lens.
18–35mm ƒ3.5–4.5 ED AF-D
Optical performance competitive with the Nikkor 17-35 ƒ2.8 AF-S at a third of the price and weight. This was a fixture in Galen’s camera bag.
20mm ƒ4 AI
This was among Galen’s favorite lenses for landscape photography. It was only made for a brief period in the 1970s, and was therefore manual focus, but it is extremely compact, lightweight, and optically the best 20mm Nikon has produced.
24mm ƒ2.8 AI-S and AF-D
Lighter and with less flare than the 24mm ƒ2.0. Galen once said that a high percentage of his best images could have probably been made with only a 24mm and an 80-200 zoom.
28mm ƒ3.5 PC
Manual focus perspective control lens for critical architectural work.
28–80mm ƒ3.5–5.6 AF-D
7 oz., $100, and sharp!
35mm ƒ1.4 AI-S
Galen mostly used this fast wide-angle for aerial photography with his Nikon F4 which offers Matrix metering with manual focus lenses. In a bouncing, vibrating airplane, a fast shutter speed permitted by the fast f/1.4 aperture is critical for sharpness, and focus is almost always at infinity, so auto focus is unnecessary.
35mm ƒ2.0 AF-D
Extremely compact, light and sharp general purpose wide angle.
35–70mm ƒ2.8 AF-D
For spontaneous handheld work with moving subjects.
55mm ƒ2.8 Micro AI-S
Does double duty as a close-up and normal lens.
70–300 ƒ4–5.6 ED AF-D
This lens delivers a wide telephoto zoom range with publishable optical quality (especially stopped down a couple of ƒstops) in a very lightweight and compact package. It represents a good value.
80–200mm ƒ2.8 AF-D
Fast and sharp. Prior to the release of the 80-400VR lens, this was a permanent fixture in Galen’s general purpose kit, and he continued to use it frequently for landscapes, action, cultural portraits, and wildlife.
80–200mm ƒ4.5–5.6 AF-D
11-ounce, compact tele-zoom offering publishable image quality.
80-400mm ƒ4.5-5.6 ED AF-D VR
This lens would be fantastic even without its vibration reduction feature that allows handheld shooting at shutter speeds 2-3 stops slower than normal. Optical performance is excellent throughout its huge range of focal lengths, and it is fairly lightweight for a big zoom. This lens frequently displaced the 80–200mm ƒ2.8 in Galen’s bag as his general purpose telephoto zoom.
85mm ƒ1.4 AI-S
Galen mostly used this fast short telephoto for aerial work for the same reasons as the 35mm ƒ1.4.
300mm ƒ2.8 ED AF
Used primarily for wildlife and action photography, the various designs of the Nikkor 300 ƒ2.8 are all industry leaders in optical performance.
500mm ƒ4.0 ED P
This manual focus lens incorporates a microchip that gives it the electronic functionality of an AF Nikkor, without the autofocus of course. Galen prized this super-telephoto for its optical quality, and for its relative portability compared to the heavier 400mm ƒ2.8 or 600mm ƒ4 lenses.
TC-14B and TC-301
Galen made extensive use of these teleconverters for wildlife and landscape photography to get more magnification out of his long telephotos.