I received this tip several days ago and was trying to gather some more information before publishing it online. This is what we have so far:
According to this post on the Japanese site kakaku the user "That's 235's" claims that a new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens will be release soon. Let's look into some previous comments made by the same user:
- On June 03, 2008 "That's 235's" wrote about a NikonSB-900 flash with the ability to switch between FX and DX with the correct focal lengths. On July 8th, 2008 the SB-900 was released. In the same post he wrote also about the FX D700 and a months later the cameras was officially announced.
- On July 6th, 2009 the same user wrote about the new 70-200 f/2.8 VRII with some technical details (length, weight, filter size). On July 30th, 2009 the lens was announced.
Note that this poster always writes about the new product aprox. one month before the official release. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR comment was made on September 12, 2009. This will make the potential announcement during the second weeks of October, which matches the previous Nikon D3s rumors - also right in time for the Photo Expo Plus in NY (October 22-24).
This user (That's 235's) has a total of 7 comments - it seems that he writes only when he knows something (no BS here).
The expected Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens will be full frame, with Nano coating.
That's it folks. I am starting to get convinced that something is coming in mid-October (for now D3s and at least one lens).
Special thanks to the tipster who had the patience to explain me all the details and translate them from Japanese (I did not believe this rumor initially - read the whole discussion in the comments section here).