Is it possible to climb Mt. Fuji in November?

I understand this is outside of the climbing season. It appears to be legal and the risks are higher, but I’d like to know if it’s even really possible or is snow usually too deep at this time and temperatures too low to even consider it. I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro last year so I have a good idea of what these treks are about. Do any guides operate in November?

Why is my Fuji X camera stuck in manual focus?

I have a Fujifilm X series camera with one of the nice prime lenses, and it seems to be stuck in manual focus mode. The switch on the camera is on S, and I flipped it back and forth several times, but to no avail. I’ve tried everything, including removing and reseating the lens several times. There’s no manual focus switch on the lens itself. The contacts appear clean. There’s nothing in the menus, either — the quick menu has [MF] in yellow and can’t be changed. Does my camera or lens need repair?

Identify old Fuji film from 1987

I have a set of old color film negatives that I want to feed to a PlusTek OpticFilm 7600i film scanner. The scanning software is VueScan (it used to be SilverFast).

The main problem I have, is that I can’t identify the film. This is needed if I want to avoid applying magic by hand for every color negative scanned (due to the film and emulsion specifics).

So far I have to rely on the following metadata:

  • Brand: Fuji
  • Film info at top: “Fuji – 36”
  • Sensitivity & emulsion information: 100 • 610B (I suppose it means: 100ASA, emulsion code: 610)
  • Likely date of purchase: Q4/1986 or Q1/1987 (it features a shot of the partial eclipse of March 29, 1987)
  • Country purchased: Brazil
  • Bar code at bottom is not the “full” DX barcode, but rather:

    xxxxx x x x x x x x xxx x x x    x     x    x x 

Due to the shorter barcode at the bottom of the film, the online DX decoding applet is of no use.

Any help is welcome.

Fuji X-T2 troubleshooting: On-camera flash fires only once

this is an issue that has only started showing up and seem to point towards something physically wrong with the camera/ hot shoe somehow. The problem is any flash that I mount on camera only fires on the first shot, and doesn’t on any shot after. Turning the camera off then on again between shots is the only solution to use a flash currently, and it’s obviously frustrating and not the most practical solution. Even then, the shot isn’t properly exposed either. Same exact problem with both the Godox tt685f and the EF-X8.

Camera is in manual shutter and not ES, single shot mode and not in continuous or BKT mode, does the same thing in both manual and TTL modes, fully charged batteries in camera and flash, cleaned connector pins on camera and flash, flash confirmation on the left side of screen is visible (flash icon is not crossed out) so the camera knows it has a flash mounted. I haven’t tried updating camera and flash firmware, in the case of the Godox. I also haven’t tried using the Godox off-camera with a trigger yet.

I was using these flashes earlier in the year no problem which is the main reason why this all confusing and seems to point towards something broken in the camera somehow. Seems like something is stopping them from firing after that first shot. Just want to see if anyone has experienced this issue before, and has possible fixes before thinking about getting camera repaired. Completely baffled what is going on.