Canon Wide Angle EF 35mm f/2.0 Autofocus Lens
Canon's 35mm f/2 lens is the most feature packed wide angle lens offered for under $600. Optical image stabilization offers even sharper images in low light, allowing for shooting speeds up to four stops faster. The eight blade aperture and f2 maximum aperture will also lead to nice soft backgrounds, as well as excellent images in limited lighting. The lens was recently redesigned to include an aspherical lens element that improves the performance at the edges of the images. Focusing as close as .79 feet, it's also good for close-ups. The entire lens weighs under 12 ounces. The 35mm isn't super wide, but offers a 63 degree view and won't distort the image. The 35mm is priced at the top of our budget range, however, at about $600.