Good intermediate zoom
I got this lens as part of kit. I don't use it much anymore, just not sharp enough ultimately and I have other higher end lenses that do a much better job. But, for many, this lens will do a good job. It has great range on an APS-C camera body and when combined with a wide zoom (like the very good 10-22) it makes a good two lens system for many young or casual users. It's size is good and it's IS is a nice benefit for many at an affordable price. The build level is about what you'd expect in this price range, not great really. I think Canon charges extra for the lens hood, which I'm not a fan of and a user should really figure on buying one if it's not included.