I thought I have left my G7 plus the 12-35/2.8 in a safe place, but didn't noticed there was an ornamental rock near it and my nephew chose the same place to put his stuff… so you can imagine the end of the story: santa gave me that beautiful deep double scratch. Yes, my fault of course, no lens hood or protection filter…. I tested the lens in some situations, and yes, it shows up kinda easily. The only thing that comes to my mind is to send the lens in, but I have no idea if Panasonic makes this kind of repair. I live in Brazil (they are not here) so would have to count on a friend that is here for vacation to take the lens to the US and then send it to repair. Do you guys agree that it would be the best (likely the only one) solution? Does someone have a contact e-mail for this kind of issue? Thanks! And Merry Christmas to all!