Prime lenses (fixed focal length) can potentially be better performers than zooms because they can be optimized for just one focal length. That is, if they are optimized, as opposed to a lackluster design.
The lens is reasonably small and light, its biggest plus. No lens hood is supplied, but there is an unusual internal rectangular light baffle.
Build quality is decent as plastic goes, with reasonably good USM autofocus and usable manual focus.
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