Excerpt: I love this lens. It is much better than the kit lens that often is packaged with the Rebel series cameras. The zoom range is very useful, allowing both wide angle shots and reasonable zoom. The images are quite clear. This is no L series lens, but is great value.
Summary: This is a really versatile lens and is my go-to for trips where packing light is essential. I used this to shoot recently in Niagara Falls, Ontario and was really pleased with how it handled everything from low-light to behind-glass to close-ups and panoramas.
Conclusion: This lens has a good focal range but with a constant vignetting problem. The auto focus works well in daylight, however searches too much in less adequate outdoor and indoor lighting situations. The lens is built well despite the other issues and would make a good starter lens.
Pros: sharp images, good focal range, quick image stabilization
Summary: Mine came in today (3-18-14) and have walked around with it and am very pleased with it. Pics are good and sharp, color is very good with it. Would recommend this to anyone who wants a good walking around lens. You won't be disappointed if you buy it.
Excerpt: i'm pretty much an amateur user but like to take a lot of pictures. I have a Canon T4i. Have used a number of lenses in the past and find it a hassle to be constantly changing lenses. This gives me about the most versatility I could want. The focus is very fast and quiet.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight