Released back in 2002, "The Digital Picture" called it "...one of the best general purpose lenses available", and given it was still being produced up until 2012, it is still one of the best all-purpose lenses Canon have produced.
This lens has been the go to glass for both my 5D Mark II camera, and my PMW-F5 camera, when shooting pieces requiring the shallow depth-of-field cinematic look.
When used on a stills camera, it's smooth autofocus operation and zoom range make it an ideal portraiture lens, covering just about all the range you'd need at most events.
On a large frame cinema camera, it looks amazing, and can cover a 35mm sensor when used with an appropriate adapter. Take note however, that this is not a parfocal lens, and will not hold focus when zooming in or out from your subject.
It has seen plenty of action, shooting at coprorate events, weddings, sporting events and nightclubs, and has always performed admirably. It's macro function allows you to take incredibly close photos of small objects, up-to 38cm away from your subject.
It weighs 950g, so isn't a light lens, but it's weather sealed coating and rock solid casing can survive most conditions. This kit has many superficial scratches on the surface (Not the glass!) that show just how durable this lens has been over it's ten year lifespan with us.
This kit includes the following: