Scratches on lens

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nygen New Member • Posts: 3
Scratches on lens

Hi everyone,

I just purchased a 7-14mm Olympus PRO lens from local buy & sell group for about $1000 (retails $1400 for perspective). After getting home, there's some scratches on the lens elements; through tests, the scratches appear at about f11ish and increasingly so when stopped down further. I can't contact the guy which sucks, which means he sold it knowingly. It's my fault for mistaking the scratch for dust and glare. For landscape, how important is it to be stopped down and should I send it in for professional repair/front lens replacement?

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