Does a small scratch on a lens affect the images?

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Does a small scratch on a lens affect the images?
Oct 2, 2008

I'm considering to buy a used 14-54mm Oly lens. It's offered on the fourthirds forum. It does have a small scratch http://img359.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp4250qi7.jpg , and the seller claims it doesn't affect the performance. I really don't have much experience with DSLR lenses, so perhaps the experienced folks here could tell if a mark like that does or doesn't affect the images? Or is it better to stay away?
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