Summary: You get what you pay for - The lens is not the best quality (which is pretty obvious when you take it out of the box) and does not take the best distance shots, But it will work in a pinch. Up close it does a pretty good job.
Summary: Let's start with the Pros. It's (1) Lightweight, (2) compact, and being a zoom lens there's (3) a lot less interchanging of lenses. The VR feature is also very helpful at the higher focal lengths. Especially if either you or your subject are moving. It helps keep your shots in focus when you snap the shot. The final pro ofcourse is that it's affordable, but you already knew that.
Summary: My wife bought me the D5000 bundle on walmart.com that included this lens. I haven't had it too long but I have experience with amateur photography. Pros: 1. Great zoom lens 2. Great range 3. Awesome value 4. Great sharpness in mid/high outdoor light Cons: 1. Misses the low light boat completely with a minimum F-Stop of 4 2.