I thought I'd share some of the lenses Nikon patented over the last 10 years or so that never saw the light of day. For convenience I've rounded focal lengths and f-stops to common values. We can only speculate on why they didn't come to market.
Patent 7239456: this was to be a 9.5 mm f2.8 DX rectilinear lens with a FOV of 114 deg. A DX equivalent to the 14 mm FX. I suspect the 10-24 killed this.
Patent 6987623: a fisheye lens that can zoom from FX format to DX.
Patent 6710942: a 20 mm f1.4 FX wide angle. It had some radical aspherical elements.
Patent 6556356: a 28-300 f3.5-5.6.
Patent 6239919: This one included specs for a 600 mm f2.8. One BIG lens.
Patents 6166863 & 6215599: an FX shooters dream, 28-200 mm f2.8.
Patent 5757555: This was for the 300 mm f4 back in 1998. But it included designs for a 400 mm f5.6 and a 400 mm f4.
So which one's would you have liked?