This release will be the first Z-mount lens to feature the Nikon-designed ARNEO coating which works in conjunction with Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to "significantly minimize flare and ghosting." It will also be the first to have a dedicated manual focus ring, a customizable function button, and an Organic EL Lens Information Panel on the topside that will display focus distance, depth of field, aperture, and focal length.
The Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is almost 25 percent lighter and 18 percent shorter than the DSLR F-mount AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR. Inside there are 17 elements in 15 groups, including 2 ED glass elements and 4 aspherical elements. The new zoom lens uses a stepping motor (STM) and the Multi-Focus System which uses two actuators to move two focus groups at once.
For video shooting, Nikon claims the Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S has minimal focus breathing, while the autofocus is quiet and the Z-series cameras' in-body image stabilization (five-stop compensation) allows for smooth handheld operation.
The outside of the Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is dust and moisture resistant and features a flourine coat on the front element to repel dust, water, and grease.
The Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is priced at $2,296.95 and is available now to preorder. Shipments begin in spring 2019.