I say those are samples from the new Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VR lens

Update: Bob Krist clarified the lenses he used to take the pictures on his blog – 18-70mm kit lens from the old D70 and the 16-85mm. You can read his comments at the end of this thread. And make sure you visit his website tomorrow tomorrow for some interesting news 🙂 (not, the news is not Sony/Zeiss related).

Take a look at this photo from Bob Krist’s blog. The EXIF data is 35mm @ f/6.7 and Maximum Lens Aperture of f/4.1.

What lens could have 35mm focal length and max aperture of f/4? I don’t think such a lens exists (up till tonight that is). Please correct me if I am missing a mode (unless he is not shooting with a different brand name – Sigma, Tamron, etc).

Almost all other pictures on his blog from the past few weeks were taken with focal lengths between 16-35mm (there is only one picture shot @ 36mm). The weird thing was that they were all shot with DX bodies. My understanding is that the expected 16-35 f/4 VR is a FX lens.

I also would like to remind you about this post. Coincidence?

Bob, we know what you got there. Looking forward to seeing your pictures on Nikon’s website tonight. Why didn’t you use an FX body for those shots?

Full EXIF after the break:

File name: PhillySkyline01_10_0013.jpg
File size: 749637 bytes (995×661, 9.1bpp, 3x)
EXIF Summary: 1/8s f/6.7 ISO200 35mm (35mm eq:52mm)

Camera-Specific Properties:

Camera Model: NIKON D300S
Camera Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
Photographer: Bob Krist for GPTMC
Maximum Lens Aperture: f/4.1
Sensing Method: One-Chip Color Area
Color Filter Array Pattern: 1110
Focal Length (35mm Equiv): 52 mm

Image-Specific Properties:

Image Orientation: Top, Left-Hand
Horizontal Resolution: 144 dpi
Vertical Resolution: 144 dpi
Image Created: 2010:01:21 15:47:11
White Point Chromaticity: 0.3
Exposure Time: 1/8 sec
F-Number: f/6.7
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
ISO Speed Rating: 200
Exposure Bias: -1/2 EV
Metering Mode: Pattern
Light Source: Fine Weather
Flash: No Flash
Focal Length: 35.00 mm
Color Space Information: Uncalibrated
Image Width: 995
Image Height: 661
Rendering: Normal
Exposure Mode: Auto
White Balance: Manual
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Gain Control: None
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: High
Sharpness: Hard
Subject Distance Range: Unknown

Other Properties:

Resolution Unit: i
Chromaticities of Primary Colors: 0.6
Color Space Xform Matrix Coeff’s: 0.3
Chrominance Comp Positioning: Co-Sited
Exif IFD Pointer: 492
Compression Scheme: JPEG Compression (Thumbnail)
Horizontal Resolution: 72 dpi
Vertical Resolution: 72 dpi
Resolution Unit: i
Offset to JPEG SOI: 1282
Bytes of JPEG Data: 6364
Exif Version: 2.21
Image Generated: 2010:01:21 08:00:50
Image Digitized: 2010:01:21 08:00:50
Meaning of Each Comp: Unknown
Image Compression Mode: 4
DateTime Second Fraction: 00
DateTimeOriginal Second Fraction: 00
DateTimeDigitized Second Fraction: 00
File Source: Other
Scene Type: Unknown
Digital Zoom Ratio: 1
GPS Info Version:

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