Required lens focal length/quality

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Required lens focal length/quality
6 months ago

I apologize up front for my complete ignorance of this subject. I've never owned a real camera of any kind, but am considering it and wish to know the capabilities of a dslr.

I'm sure a definitive answer would require knowing the specific camera and lens to be accurate, but I'm hoping to get a ballpark idea about these things.

If I wanted to take a photo from 20 feet of something 18 inches wide and have it fill the frame what kind of lens (focal length, etc) would we be talking about?

If it was a newspaper, could you read it ? (assume outdoor lighting for the photo and viewing the file on a computer screen) (I don't really care to read a newspaper from twenty feet, I'm just curious about the level of detail of the photo.)

If I DID want to be able to read that newspaper, what kind of money am I looking at in camera and lens?

If you were at ten feet, how much would all this change?

Thanks for your time. (and patience)

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