Jamie, you are absolutely right. There is huge difference in final pictured taken with those two cameras, like day and night. After many years of using Horizonts i tried Xpan for a year and I had to give up. Beautifully made camera with amazing features but on the end it didn't help me produce pictures I liked. Mechanically Horizonts can be challenged, even the newest S3 model. They are very crude picture taking machines but they can produce the most beautiful results. Banding is an issue when people mistakenly keep fingers close to rotating speed setting drum or if camera has some mechanical issues. But generally banding was never an issue with my 4 Horizont/Horizon 202 cameras or with S3 I tried. But be ready for everything else!