In today's world of rotating front lens elements, plastic lens mounts, buzzy-cheap micro-motor focusing and overall kit lens quality products.....what a refreshing thing to pick this lens up and feel some actual build quality in an inexpensive lens!
USM focusing motor (which the holy L version of this lens does NOT have) is wonderful. Quiet, accurate focusing with a distance scale as needed. Internal focusing so you can use all types of filters with no problems. Sharp pics from my copy even wide open at 20mm and f/3.5...
Give me this older beauty over a kit lens any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Better build quality and better overall image quality. Full frame compatible to boot. What's not to like folks?