How does the canon compare to this nikon if I can get it for 850 bones? And is there any glass in my local Craigslist someone would recommend for the nikon esp? I just noticed the canon came with another lens but I don't know how good it is. Thanks guys.
I'd actually go for the D90 first if possible. It's cheaper, the same IQ as the T2i IMO, a bigger body, and did I mention cheaper? That extra cash could be better put to a new lens.
The D90 also has a bigger body than the T2i. If you've handled school cameras, more likely than not they're usually Rebels/D40s, so the bodies you're used to will be a bit smaller than the D90. The D90 also has two wheels (one for aperture, one for shutter speed) versus one on the T2i (used for both aperture and shutter speed).
So, personally, I'd get the D90 first. And if you'd notice my sig, this is coming from a Canon user