For most Sony Alpha users -- bar more demanding professionals or experts -- this lens offers high quality and usability at an excellent price.
It's lightweight, compact, has fully automatic focusing, and is reasonably sturdy.
Locking mechanism is positive and foolproof.
Zoom is smooth and effortless.
Distortion is not excessive.
I highly recommend this as a replacement for a damaged discontinued product, or as a supplementary lens for holidaying, family shots, etc.