Very PO'd about this. I went to clean the front lens for the very first time. I have babied this lens, it always has the hood extended when taking photos, and if not being used, the lens cap is on. None of my other lenses, all used more, have any scratches at all. There is one scratch I can see by eye, about 5/16ths of an inch long. The second scratch shows up in photos, but I can't see it on the lens. It is also parallel to the larger, deeper scratch. I never felt the need for protective filters, because I'm very careful with my lenses. My 39 year old OM 50 1.8 has no scratches on it.