I have to admit that this is a pretty good lens especially for the price bracket it is in. The pictures are of a sound quality and it does have a macro function of which I will say more later. A lens hood is included. You also get Japanese optics which really benefit the picture.
There are a few negatives about the lens, none of which are show stoppers at this level unless you intend to use the lens for very particular purposes. Focussing the lens rotates the front element, so polarising filters are pretty much out as are graduated, though the later can be replicated in Photoshop fairly easily.
Yes there is a macro function but it should not be purchased as a dedicated macro lens as the macro function requires you to be using the lens between 200 and 300mm and it is a long lens physically (at 300mm min focus distance the lens is 21cm) and there is no image stabilisation so you need very good light or a tripod to use this as a macro lens, you should really use a tripod for macro photography anyway but it is easy to be caught without the tripod and have a shot you really want to take.
Back to the positives though, after all it is a 4 star product, the focus ring is a nice size and is easy to use as is the zoom ring.
Overall this is a great all round super zoom which does have a macro mode for the occasional user but should not be used as a dedicated macro lens.