Sigma 28mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro Large Aperture Wide Angle Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras
Fixed lenses are excellent budget options because they don't sacrifice speed for price. This Sigma brand lens has an excellent f1.8 minimum aperture at a nice wide 28mm. With a 7.9 inch minimum focus distance, it's also the best budget wide-angle on our list that also performs well at macro levels. And while this lens is under $500, it doesn't skimp on features. This Sigma has a nine blade diaphragm for a realistic look to even the out-of-focus elements, plus internal focus so any filters or hoods will stay in place. Sigma used two aspherical elements in their design, as well as ecological glass that's free of lead and arsenic.