Over a year ago I received a report about a new, upcoming lens (it was the AF-S 50mm f/1.4). The lens was listed as "new" in a photo store in Germany before it was announced. This is the first post I wrote and the second one just few days later. After a month the AF-S 50mm f/1.4 lens was official and available in stores. The point of this intro is that some German stores get updates in their inventory system before an official announcement.
What do we have today? This is the translated report from a dslr-forum.de member:
He went to large electronics store and asked for the price of the AF-DC 135mm f/2. When the clerk came back he was told that they can't order the old one any more. But there seems to be one announced for December, tagged as "new". Price was 1399 Euro, 200 above the current. He also says that he will go back there next week to get more information, and report back.
Déjà vu? I have no other indications/rumors about another Nikon announcement in 2009, but if there is one, I guess it will be during the first week of December and we will be talking about new glass.
The same lens (AF-DC 135mm f/2) was reported as discontinued in Canada few months ago.
Nikon currently has a lot on their hands: D3s, 70-200mm f/2.8, 85mm f/3.5 - all are scheduled to be available in stores at the end of this month (November). So far this year Nikon has released 4 DSLRs and 5 lenses.