Nice review. Makes me want one as well.
BTW, I loved Roger's (lensrentals) take on this lens as well -
I should mention I’m a bit of a Rokinon fan. I own their 14mm because at $379 I think it’s an insane bargain for a very sharp lens. For that price, compared to $2,300 for a Canon 14mm, I’m more than willing to give up autofocus, accept some barrel distortion, and consider it disposable. If it breaks getting a new one won’t be much more expensive than the standard repair cost for a Canon 14mm and less than the repair cost of a Nikon 14-24.
That's a pretty good point. Right before I published I went trolling and read quite a few of other reviews on the net. I was really surprised to find a mixed bag out there. I was primarily surprised to hear some people claiming that it wasn't very sharp at all. That sounded really weird to me, as some of the most reputable sources (and my own experience) told a very different story. It left me asking if either there was that much sample variation (which I haven't really heard) or, perhaps, user error?
All I know is that some people I trust (including Roger, Photozone, even DXo) and also my own experience says that this lens is fantastically sharp.