Bonish Photo wrote:I'd go with the 70-200 f/2.8 as it will be great for the indoor shots or those late afternoon or evening games when you will have to deal with lowlight.
It's a great lens and extremely fast and comes with built in Image Stabilization.
There are actually two different f/2.8 versions (and two f/4 versions) - one with IS and one without. The one with IS is going to run a couple of hundred over your budget, but it would be worth the extra amount.
I owned the one without IS and it's a great lens and actually a little sharper than the one with IS, but I'd get the IS version if your budget can swing it. The non-IS version sells for around 1140 and would work fine if you intend to use it with a tripod most of the time. These are heavy lenses and handholding without IS or a tripod will reduce your keeper percentage a great deal.
If your nephew's baseball and football games are held during the daytime, I'd recommend that you get the f/4 IS version of the lens and get a faster lens like the 85 f/1.8 for wrestling. This would still allow you to stay within your budget. The Canon f/4 IS is the sharpest version of the 70-200mm lens that Canon makes and the 85's image quality is legendary.
And I almost forgot - Welcome to the Forum.