As my first step into the world of SLR, my first dillema was in selecting one or two Lenses for a Canon 300D - something that would be a little better than the EF-S 18-55 Kit Lens. Initially, I looked at all the Canon Lenses which kind of caught my eye - all of which were none L lenses. I hadn't thought about third party lenses, but eventually figured they might be worth a little look in. After all, most PCs are made up of parts from a range of manufacturers right? Its just the matter of picking the best performing combination. OK, im no pro, just someone who want to take decent pictures now, and in the years to come.
Right now, im not in any need of a big telephoto lens, so the range of this lens seemed ideal. In point and shoot mode, all the pictures are unbelievably crisp - if you're after a replacement for the kit lens, this is the one id go for! At F4 or so, the quality is oh so sharp I have to pinch myself! The lense is assembled in China, I have no problems with that. Does that affect quality? Judging by things, id say not a bit. It has a nice weight and the focusing rings and zoom rings feel nice. Theres a zoom Lock for when the unit is fully retracted, but it doesnt seem like it needs it - everything is suitably stiff. The Lense comes with a flower light shade, which ive not used yet but its nice to know I can! It takes a 67mm Filter and seems fine with one on (i leave a UV filter on it).
With the lense & filter attached to the camera, it fits into my lowepro Nova 1 AW bag - no problem. So, if you took the plunge and bought your first d-SLR recently but were hoping the kit lens would be a little better than it is, id highly recommend trying out this lense (or just buy one and be prepared to be amazed!). It really is as good as the previous reviewers have rated it.