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Adam - I vote 50AA because no one else here has one currently. Any of those combos can be rationalized, I guess... Where I can't comment from experience is the Nocti. It's definitely got a creamy/dreamy look, but how much more than the Lux ASPH? Sure, more, but in one-off images, is it going to offset other factors such as size, weight, cost? Not quite the same thing, but back in about 2007-8 I stopped shooting with the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS in favor of the f/4 IS version (smaller, lighter, sharper, higher contrast, better against backlighting, better AF consistency), and sure, while the f/2.8 will blur the background a bit more, on its own, the f/4 works fine. No client has ever said there wasn't enough background blur. For me the benefit of f/2.8, or f/0.95 in the case of the Nocti, would primarily be for low light work where the extra stop or two could be useful. But with the M240, you probably could get by with f/1.4...
Maybe Phil or Ryan K can chime in here about the Nocti..? Or Hilmar, who is the only guy I know who has used all three at one point or another.
I got banding when shooting a sequence with my M9, and it usually didn't show until about the 3rd successive shot. Different SD cards would make little differences, but I could repeat it over and over again when shooting successive shots without allowing a few seconds between buffer clears.
You may even see the issue you take consecutive shots in single shot mode too quickly.
Exactly what I see, on both points. Sequences can also be with advance set to S but done in rapid succession, and banding is evident. The camera has always been like this. I just live with it since most of the time it isn't obvious or noticeable in images. But I can often see it if I dig far enough in to files with aggressive adjustments in post.