Summary: This was the first lens I bought for my first SLR camera in 1997. Ahh, film. I have since graduated to a 24-70 f/2.8L II for this focal length range and I photograph professionally now. I couldn't have made it to where I am now without using this little guy, but it honestly wasn't very good. It wasn't very sharp, it has a variable aperture across the focal length range, it produces washed out colors, contrast is a little flat, and the bokeh doesn't look nice.
Summary: I purchased this lens for my 12 yr old granddaughter who is just getting into photography. This is the perfect starter lens which will give her the options she needs for both wide angle and long shots. The picture quality is outstanding, although light the build on this lens is solid.
Summary: Good lens! Nice build quality for a plastic lens. Easy to zoom. AF works just fine and is very quiet. The overall picture quality is on a par with a kit lens. You can get very sharp photos with this lens if you stop it down a bit . F-8 works great! If I had to buy this lens again, I would get the VR verson for a little more money. Hence the 4 stars.