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I bought this lens to accompany my Canon EOS 450d and it really has been a brilliant purchase. Pick one up on Amazon for well under £200 which is an absolute bargain. It has very good build quality and you really will notice the picture quality difference between using this lens and using the standard kit lens (18-55). I got this lens just before Christmas and so I have only had it for around a month, but I have been really impressed with its capability. It has the USM (Ultra Sonic Motor) which is exclusive to Canon meaning a fast zoom. Is also has Image Stabalizer (IS) which reduces the blur resulting from any "camera shake". I used this taking family photos over Christmas where it performed well....a good zoom really captured people's faces when opening presents! I also used it over in Ireland to take a few landscape shots and the pictures are very sharp even at full extension (250mm). The build quality feels sturdy, just make sure you whack either a lens hood or UV filter (or both) on the end so you don't do it any accidental damage. For its price, there really is nothing on the market at the moment for the Canon that can come close. Upgrading from the kit lens was the best decision I ever made!