I have to admit, this lens has taken me by surprise. At $369 (Arlington, Texas), I did not expect a lens of this quality.
Just about everything that can be said about this lens has been said, so I would simply confirm this is an excellent walk-about lens with very little feeling of weight, and overall superb for the price.
The colours are warm, and the images very sharp. I have yet to explore the macro facility.
The hood worries me a little if I ever wanted to resell.