Summary: Everything came in great shape. Lens works perfectly. Shipping was on time and in good condition. Only thing I am not sure about is warranty with the seller. The listing states that when bought through them they extend the warranty past the refurbished warranty from the manufacturer. I don't know how that is handled as there was no documentation stating info on extended warranty. Otherwise, I am happy with everything.
Summary: I was pleasantly surprised when I got this lens - it may be refurbished but it looks brand new - I can't see a mark on it anywhere. The shipping was really fast. The lens works flawlessly. I haven't noticed it being any louder when auto-focusing but I've been shooting out of doors in less than quiet conditions. It's fantastic for what I needed it for, which is to photograph boat races - the CPL filter and the hood came in very handy for this, as well!
Excerpt: I was looking for a new lens and didn't want to spend a lot of money. This lens kit was the way to go. I got the lens which works great and a new tripod and cleaning kit. Could not bet the deal. The lens still function very well and capture really nice pictures.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight