I've just stepped over from Kodak Z7590 to Canon EOS 350D (also known as Rebel XT in US) and was delighted to have been offered to purchase this Zoom lens for 50% of the going price. Now I'm sure that the prices are a lot more in the UK than in the USA, but I was happy and went for it. Afterall the Canon itself only came with a smaller 18-55MM lens.
I've now had a few days to play with the new camera and got really stuck into it - got a 6 month old daughter and she's a perfect subject even with the zoom lens - and especially the macro facility.
Loving it, loving it, loving it... I'm dying to go on holiday to the Alps or something to give it a real tester, but I'm in no hurry to upgrade and am happy with my purchase. I'm sure it will give me the bug even more and I'll want to splash out on an upgrade to this, but after using it and reading some of the reviews of people who have compared to the more expensive Canon lenses (not talking about the L ones, because they must be special at that price) I'm happy to recommend this to anyone in my position, moving over to digital SLR...