Message to readers: A bit about about me and 43rumors future :)


Unlike other (bigger websites) 43rumors is not sponsored by big companies, and no company advertises here to finance the website. Everything here is based on the time I do spend after works (or in coffee breaks). And it is thanks to your help that I can keep the website up to date with all news and rumors (you rule!!!). But with the numbers of visitors that is increasing also the amount of work increased. What you also don’t know is that usually I do travel a LOT. I shot documentaries or do have photo-projects mostly in South America and lately in Africa too. The last 15 months I didn’t travel much because I had to plan and develop some new projects (one of them you will see soon). But now time has come for me to travel again (and I am happy to disconnect myself from Internet!).But the question for me was, how can I keep or even better increase the quality of 43rumors while I am travelling around the world?

There is a good news! I found two people that will help me to keep 43rumors and MirrolessRumors up to date so that you will notice me being away from time to time (or better, you will notice it because their English is much better than mine). One person is a very smart (and nice) Lady. She will help me for free and in exchange I will sponsor her Canon website. I think that is a good deal! The second person will help me a lot on MirrorlessRumors. I want MirrorlessRumors to become the main website for all Mirorrless camera news and rumors. 43rumors should remain as filter website that displays Panasonic-Olympus content only to make it easy for you to follow the Micro Four Thirds system news. If all works fine you will be able to post on MirrorlessRumors and 43rumors by using the same account.

I also found two people that will help me to make the 43rumors/Mirrorlessrumors website make work better. I want to push the social aspect of the website and I will pay two developers to dramatically improve the user experience.

And there is also the new server coming soon. It should speed up the website loading time by a 3x-4x. P.S.: You can give a “Server contribution” via paypal:


Long term plan ideas are:
– To create a community that can actively create content on all websites. You should become the king on 43rumors/Mirrorlessrumors!
– To add a creative element on all websites. We also want to speak about REAL photography :) I would love to talk more about quality work made by artists and photographers.

There are also some basic rules for both 43rumors and Mirrolessrumors you should know:
– This website will always be user oriented and not company oriented. No company will ever be able to influence the content of the website. This means we don’t accept direct company advertising, we don’t accept paid reviews or news. You and I should be always free to express your REAL and HONEST opinion. I have the feeling other (bigger) websites are going in the exact opposite direction…but that’s just a “feeling” I do have that could be wrong…or not?
– When argumenting or writing comments be respectful, and be rational. Don’t shout like animals because otherwise I will have to start to unapprove comments. And it’s not something that I want to do.

Thanks for your understanding. Now let’s enjoy that month full of rumors and new products!

  • all sounds good to me :D

  • Agrivar

    +1. Great Job !

  • Henke

    How long will you be gone? Dont make me start crying ;<.

    • admin

      I will start my next trip on July and will be back on August 24. The good news of ryou is that I will have plenty of time and Internet connection during that time. So I will be always take a look on 43rumors. Don’t worry :)

  • Mice

    Thought about a “market place” page for buying and selling between readers? (I mean what with all the eBay links and retailer deals haha) Pentaxforums has one and it works pretty well.

    • admin

      There are so many things we could do. But all I need is time and I don’t have it. That’s why I hired the developers. I will give them a list of features I want on 43rumors. Soon I will ask you (readers) to send me the list of new features and bugfixes you want to see. And the develpoers will have to listen to you ;)

    • Sounds good Mice!
      It will work nicely when people who are familier in the forum are more trustworthy and easier to make a transaction!

  • admin,
    I can’t speak in the name of others, but I’m sure many will agree that you have done an excellent job. I’ve been following 43rumors since early 2009. Your methods of filtering information have proved to work many times, resulting in this site being one of the most reliable resources not only in the four thirds / micro 4/3 microcosm but in the photo-gear world in general. Sometimes I wonder where you find the time and enduring energy required for running this site. It must be quite a draining task. I think it’s a very good idea to use some help.
    Thank you.

    • admin

      Hoenstly it’s VERY hard to work on 43rumors. I also have a bit of fight with my girlfirend on that. Because I am working to much. But she understands that it is necessary to keep a nice website like that. That’s why I looked for help and ifnally found two people helping me. Someone else suggested me to quit my job and try to live form 43rumors by putting tons of advertising. I will never to that because:
      1) I like my rela job a lot
      2) I think this websites is better than others because of the fact that is not company driven. it’s just me being passionate about m43 and mirrorless in general. I like to be here, I like you to have here. That’s it! I want to have fun! I don’t like to serious websites :)

      • Henke

        It seems you have fixed alot of people to take care of your site during your trip but have you gotten someone to take care of your girlfriend? If not theres always me… lol :D. (take it as the joke it is) ;D

      • Dear Admin!
        Your success with is not only due to the fact that it is not company driven.
        In my opinion
        – You work extremely hard and just in time
        – You have an excellent “instinct” for attractive headlines and pictures
        = top journalist and marketing expert
        – You ask a lot of questions most forum members are interested in
        – Your double checked rumors (network of trusted
        sources) and predictions have a very high scoring rate (FT5)
        – The layout of is very professional and user-friendly
        – You are serious but not boring
        – Your comments are courageous but not tactlessly
        – You create a very open, tolerant and relaxed
        atmosphere for all forum members on

        … and last but not least – we have a lot of fun!

    • FT1 – probably fake rumor

      + 1

  • Inge-M

    Good 43rumors is independent, and also mirrorlesss rumors. :-)

  • Mick

    Thanks a lot for this info.

  • weiaperture8

    You can put a Paypal donation button somewhere on the webpage and this gives people the chance to freely support the website with what ever and when ever they like.

    • admin

      Hi! I prefer to use paypal donations button for special request only (like in that case for the server). There is no need for donation in “normal times”. Thanks :)

  • 43RC

    Thanks for all you do, I enjoy my daily visits to this site.
    On some sites there are lots of Panasonic ads, among others, and you can’t be too critical (even constructively) without getting warned or even banned.
    Refreshing that that is not the case here. At the same time, we’ll try to keep it civil :)
    Your hard work is appreciated. Enjoy your well-deserved vacation.

  • Admin, go safely on your trip, we will be right here when your back :)
    And if you decide to make it a profitable site for you, i think you have all the rights to do so (it will also insure the future of this site)
    then my guess is that the majority of readers would support you on this.

    • admin

      I am not going to do that. This website should always try to be as simple as possible. Dont want to become DPreview Number two :)

  • Mr. Reeee

    Admin, thanks for all the hard work and commitment keeping the sites up, running and relevant!

    When I was going nuts trying to find one, an announcement here got me a GH2 in February! Many thanks for that!

    Keep up the great work and have a good trip!

  • Miroslav

    Firstly, why don’t you share the names/links to some of your projects with us? Not because we want to know who you are, but because some of us would probably like to see how you work and what are those documentaries about. Maybe you could even find finance for your future projects that way.

    Making a unified website is a good idea, people who do not visit a site very often are more likely to forget a site address if there are multiple. People prefer simplicity anyway.

    My 2 euro cents :) … The only way I can help at the moment is with ideas :(.

    As always, keep up the good work.

    • admin

      The day is close where I will show you a project. And it is something that crazy that you hardly willbelieve that 43rumors is behind that. I am SURE you ALL will like it ;)

  • > You can give a “Sevrer contribution” via paypal:

    Sevrer contribution? C’est vrai contribution? Sounds French. ;)

    P.S. The retarded PayPal refuses to accept my CC, so I guess somebody would have to donate in my stead.

    • admin

      ops! Corrected. Thanks!

  • OlyFan

    First of all, Great job on the website! I really appreciate your commitment to bringing us the latest rumours. From your description, I sense that your work is photography related (sorry if it has been mentioned before). Can we see any of your work? I really like the occasional pictures you post on this website during your travels and I’m curious to see more and be inspired by them.
    Again, keep up your good work. I’m sure if you show your girlfriend, how happy you make some of us bringing us all the news, she will realise the value of your work on this website.

    • admin

      She will be happy if I can do a nice vacations with her without having to work :)

  • Bob B.

    Thank you for all of the work you do on this website. I enjoy kicking my photography thoughts around in here and there is ALWAYS new info and ideas to feed my curiosity. This site rocks.
    …have a great trip…but just remember…whilst the cat is away…the mice will play!!!! LOL! :-)

    • admin

      Forget it…the mice will travel with me ;)

      • Bob B.

        LOL! :-) THANKS AGAIN!!!!!

  • tmrgrs

    Donation sent. Thanks for this site admin., you’re doing a great job here!

    • admin


  • admin you the best !!! <3 this site a lot

  • Ed

    Hello Admin,
    Greetings from Switzerland. Like others, I commend you for the work you do on the site, and it continues to improve.

    I based my decisions on what m43 camera and lens to buy based on the information you posted here. Thanks very much and hope you come back rested from the trip.

  • Ahem

    Very good list of actions and principles for the websites, I’m really looking forward to the improvements and more rumors, of course, but especially in what you have in mind for the craft and art of photography. Too often we forget that it’s photos what we are after, not gear :P

    And good fortune with your photography projects!

  • Vinsend

    Thanx for the update Admin, you’re doing a great job here and I hope you can keep up the good work! Greetings from Holland.

  • Excellent plan. Are you involved with x-rumors and sonyalpharumors too? If not, you should :-)

    Something you can try to do, is to make a “single” website, where the different domains are just “tag-filtered” content for the relevant brand (and possibly cameratypes: 43rumors and sonyalpharumors may still be interested in non-mirrorless DSLRs).

    Good Luck

    • Zoeff

      I have to agree with davide, that would make this a whole lot better rather than separating the news across various domain names. Please just point them to all to the same website and have that list all the news.

      I’m interested in stuff other than m43 but I don’t have the time to visit all of those sites. I’d defenitely like to see all mirrorless news in one package. It might even be best to merge those other two sites as well and label them as “non mirrorless rumors”. :-)

  • Tigera


    Your work is very much appreciated.

    I am from Hong Kong and I check your site at least 20 times a day with my iPhone.

    Current gear: GF1 + 20 1.7, 7-14 F4, 45-200, Pentax CCTV 25 1.4

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