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That may sound stupid, but I would like to know whether lenses are sold with their back/front caps?

I plan to buy a new lens, and I would like to know.

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Every lens I have ever bought had front and back caps with it.

If you go to the manufacturer's website for the particular lens you are looking to buy, there is usually a "What's in the box" link, or a section in the specifications that lists the new-in-box package contents. Some manufacturers don't seem to list that information on their sites (for instance, I can't seem to find that information at Sigma's site), but reputable retailers usually list that information as well. For instance, B&H Photo/Video has a "What's in the box" section; Adorama lists the package contents, including front/rear caps, in the specs section for most of their products (at least for the several lenses I searched for).

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I don't live in the US, and most of reputable retailers in my country do not provide that much information. :] – Peachy Jan 13 at 16:08
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@Peachy I guess to be certain you'd have to contact the specific retailer that you are going to use, but if you're thinking about buying eg a Sigma lens brand new, then if you check for the exact same model on the US B&H site, it is going to give the standard "what's in the box" specifications which are unlikely to vary country-by-country. I agree with Scott's answer, from my experience, every brand new lens I've ever seen or bought has come with fitted caps for both ends – laurencemadill Jan 13 at 16:20
    
Its good of course to check in "What's inside" but to clarify some bundles (like my A6000+16-50) come w/o body caps and lens back caps – Romeo Ninov Jan 14 at 7:59

When buying new, yes.

When buying used, usually, but double check. It's uncommon for a lens to be sold without any caps at all, but not rare for the original ones to be substituted for generic replacements. These are usually (but not always) inferior. That doesn't affect your results, of course, but sometimes off-brand rear caps don't fit tightly and might fall off in your camera bag, and front caps sometimes have worse mechanisms for clipping into place.

Sometimes, the replacements are actually better. For example, Pentax Limited lenses come with these really nicely made metal screw-on caps, which are very fiddly and I was always worried that I might actually scratch the front element with the cap itself. A nice snap-on cap replaced that! (But the originals went into the box for possible future resale.)

Overall, when buying new, don't worry about it (but do complain if a "new" lens is missing lens caps!). When buying used, check — and maybe if they're significantly cheaper, factor that in to your price negotiations/considerations. (Replacement brand-name caps are often ridiculously priced.)

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