Summary: This lens is great and if you want to take some amazing pictures I would suggest it for its great versatility. This lens is the first that we have gotten and it does what we need so far. Great for beginning!!!
Summary: Most kit lenses are useable as paper weights and not much else. The 18-55mm is a nice exception to that trend. I recently bought a 20D to go along with my film body and got this lens because the 1.6x crop on the 20D robbed me of my nice wideangle lenses (though I've got much better telephoto now). For the price, it does a nice job with the sharpness. The color isn't the best, but with digital we can always tweak that later on.
Summary: Many people think this is the kit lens. It is not! The numbers do match, but the kit lens is not USM and worth about 1/2 the price. Go to the Canon web site and take a look at the Lens Chart. This lens is much faster and has better glass than the kit lens.
Summary: I got this lens to go with my Canon EOS 6.3MP Digital Rebel Camera. This is a very basic lens not for professional photographers. The lens works great and has taken photos of images that I need most of the time. There are two things I don't like about this lens though 1) the Canon snap on cap doesn't stay on ALL the time. I have to make sure the cap is securely on and fiddle with it or else the cap falls off in the bag.
Summary: As already mentioned this lens is much better than the kit lens and I would highly recommend buying only the camera body and fit it with this lens. This is a very sharp lens (see my lens sharpness comparison test, [...] , between the following Canon lenses: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM, EF 24mm f/2.8, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM).
Summary: I got this when I bought a 20D. I've been switching between this lens and a Sigma 17-35mm I borrowed from a friend. The difference in cost is around $150, and for what it's worth, I think that the 18-55mm is just as good. It's fast, quiet, focuses pretty well. Feels kinda cheap. The optics aren't superb, but it'll do nicely for a wide angle, even with a crop sensor. This lens is good for something pretty basic, especially at 18mm for wide angle.
This is a higher version USM lens, not form the kit.
Wei Wu "WWU", Amazon
18 July 2006
Summary: First thing to do is to make sure which lens you are buying. The kit lens comes with Canon 20D, 30D, 300D, or XT is the lower version, non USM one. On the higher version USM ones, you will see the red color "USM" at the front of the lens. According to the reviews, compare with the non USM ones, optically they are the same. However, the USM motor does focus faster and much quieter. People complain about the build quality.
This is NOT the kit lense but a higher quality USM lense !
B. Humphrey, Amazon
11 June 2005
Summary: Despite what many of these reviews mention, this is NOT the kit lens that comes with the Rebel XT/20D. This is a higher end USM lens and costs more as well. You can read a review of the lense in the article below. The Kit lense is about a $70 lens and doesn't have the USM motor or the quality glass of this lens. This may not be the best lens on the market but make sure you're comparing apples to apples. [...
Summary: This is a great 'general' lens for grockelling as well as serious photography, extending as it does to 18mm without any noticeable compromise in image quality at very wide angles. It also has a good macro capability (down to 28cm) which has allowed me to put off buying a specialist macro lens. I only discovered the shortcoming after I'd had the lens for about two years, and tried to photograph some noctilucent clouds.