Bought it for a safari
Amateur Photographer (Cannon 60D), Melbourne, 29/01/2013
I got this lens before going to Africa for a month and as I was hiking and going on traditional safaris I wanted a lens that would not only help me take fantastic pictures but was also compact enough it didn't get in the the way or take up to much space.
I found the lens fitted my requirements perfectly. Not only did it survive a month of being lugged around in a hiking pack, it made taking pictures incredibly easy.
I now use this lens almost exclusively rather than my cannon 18-55 and 55-250 lenses as it covers the range of both without the inconvenience of constantly changing lenses.
If you're just starting out I would highly recommend this lens rather than the two cannon ones.
I'm very happy with this lens and felt it was good value for money.
The only problem I have with it is the lens hood occasionally unlocks and twists around thus coving part of the picture but this is easily fixed by removing the hood or being a bit more careful.
Easy to use, Compact, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes