A pretty basic kit lens, with VR and a decent range. Quite a lot of people swear this is the best lens for your camera, if you're gonna have only one lens. Is it so? At this price range, there are always some compromises - and I'm here to show you where exactly.
+ very competitive price
+ decent image quality
+ well-balanced in every way, good value overall
- somewhat soft at the wide end.
- autofocus somewhat weird; MF override is unreliable
- low build quality, mine broke after a few months
|Bit weak at the wide end, but still good|
|closer to the longer end, it's better|
- if you're one of those people who want only one lens, this is a very good choice
- focal length range lets you get many kinds of shots; a great walk-around lens
- (relatively) small, light, and expendable; a good vacation lens, no sweat if something happens to it
- low light. Although there is VR, it's a slow lens, particularly at the long end
- if you can afford the 16-85mm, it's a significantly better lens
- quality portraits work. Sure, you can use it fine, but it distorts and it's not fast enough
It's good - but not excellent. Let's say that it's great for the money. It's a jack-of-all-trades kind of lens, as most lenses of the category are. It can do a lot of things well, but none excellent. Most beginners and people learning the camera will make great use of this lens, being able to get a lot of beautiful photos. Then, learning what the lens can and cannot do (as well as others at least), these users will probably want to explore other options.