Originally Posted by DonTom
The 14mm pancake, while wonderful, isn't a big step up from the kit lenses in quality or speed. It's main advantage is size. In general use, you won't get a shallow depth of field with this lens.
14mm at LeMay, lookie the shallow depth of field.
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I have used the kit lens just as I am sure many have, but to say the 14mm prime isn't that much better is IMHO flat out wrong, atleast for me, the 14mm prime runs circles around the kit lens, and the best thing about the 14mm, is it can be had very cheap, I scored mine, brand new, for $169. And I have shot many a treasure for that mere $169 investment. In fact, 2 other members of my family that shoot with DLSRS or the Sony SLT's often say that the main reason why the E-PL1's shots tend to beat theirs is the angles that the 14mm makes possible.
Is the 14mm the best 'street shooting' lens....I don't know, but I wouldn't be afraid to use it in that situation, would it cause me to get closer to my subjects? Yes and no, depends on the shot, sometimes on the street if one wants to capture buildings, the 14mm will really shine.
But this is just my opinion, I know and respect that many of you are fabulous shooters with far more experience then me, however, I tend to adapt to whatever lens I am using, I tend to adapt to the E-PL1 and all of its alledged short comings, and try and get the most out of them, most of all, I tend to be relaxed and have fun, and thats when the magic happens....