Just installed the latest firmware and taken some test shots (daylight and inside). My two biggest issues with the X100 seem way better now at least in daylight (will check lower light later).
My findings are as below:
The X100 seems to be more consistent at focussing on darker less contrasty objects now like a black or blue jacket (has always been hit and miss before) say 9 times out of 10 it would miss and was very frustrating. This has been greatly improved in daylight (still to test in lower light - thats tonights job)
On close focussing:
My X100 had around a minimum focus distance of about 30cm before, which was only slightly better improved on in using macro mode. Initial findings are this distance has been really improved on and using macro mode is now maybe 10cm or thereabouts in daylight (still to test in lower light - thats tonights job)
So far so good, well done to Fuji for improving on the X100 focusing.
abacab1975: Well said Rusticus and Andywhoa.
I'm more than happy with Fuji's response on this issue. After phoning the UK Service Centre this afternoon, my details have been taken and have been informed that Freepost packaging will be sent out to me after the Service Centre have received the new sensors (sometime in May).
I think some may be upset by the "wording" of the announcement and still see speculation on various websites about what action Fujifilm will take. I'd suggest anyone not happy with the above statement need only phone their own Service Centre and find out, see no point in going on and on and on when you have been told what to do.
My viewfinder covering is also loose, been that way since purchase last December and will now take this opportunity to get this rectified too, will kill two birds with one stone. I have just been told to note this when sending it in and this will be looked at too.
I did an extreme test yesterday, took a photo looking directly in a torch with a Canon Ixus and the X10, the Canon took the photo, nice and sharp with the light haze. The X10 OMG sharp photo but the haze was replaced by a white blob with what looked like a thin black line around it. I want to use the camera at gigs with lights so definitely want the fix. Fuji seems to think its just Europe and the US where the orb phenomenon happens I think they will roll out the fix worldwide however
Well said Rusticus and Andywhoa.
Spoke to UK Service Centre at 1:30pm, much the same experience as other posters here. Details taken and packaging will be sent out when the service centre receive new sensors and work will be carried out on a first come first served basis. My name has been added to list and I'm happy with the action Fuji have taken !