Summary: This is a versatile lens to take everywhere. For the price, it does amazing photos. Photos do come out too dark in indoor low light areas and I find there is a bit heavier red tint than I like but again.... for the price it is a great lens.
Summary: I had bought this same lens (by itself, not with the kit) from a local retail store for over $300, but soon found this kit on Amazon. Being almost half as much as the one I had already bought, I decided to take a chance and order this one (since it was such a bargain I was also able to order the tripod I wanted). I received the package by the end of the week and immediately compared it to the lens I still had from the retail store.
Excerpt: I am new to the DSLR world...What was I waiting for?!? I've used this lens to shoot pics of the moon with a Rebel T3i (18MP?) and it produced a pretty clear picture upon cropping and I didn't even have it on a tripod. Seems to have good image stabilization. I haven't used the auto focus much at all to be able to comment on that functionality.
Summary: Love love love this lens! Have not tried in low lighted situations yet. I have used it indoors with limited light with no problems. Absolutely love the IS feature. Not disappointed. This lens is heavier than my other lenses, but does not feel cheap. Very well made. Packaged perfect for shipping. The other included accessories were just an added bonus!
Excerpt: So far I have used this lens for some wild life photos. The additional zoom is a must have along with the kit lens in my opinion. If you plan on purchasing this lens to shoot video, I would recommend spending the additional money to get the STM version which offers much quieter auto focus. If this is not an issue save the money and get this one.