Cons:cheap lens, focus ring has play and is not tight.
I started out with this lens and it was ok. If I had to do it over, I would just buy the body of my T1i and then purchase the Canon 50mm 1.8. It's a fantastic lens that you can usually find for under $100. Having a prime lens teaches you how to frame things to make the picture better. I feel that having to physically move yourself will help you become a better photographer as opposed to just zooming freely with the lens.