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I will soon have a good reason to disappear for a few days :)


Life always manages to surprise our short staying on this world. Almost a year ago I was hit by a multiple series of not so good events (article here). Those bad news were related to some people close to me that have been living different kind of issues. The months after I worked hard to fix what could be fixed. Of course some things cannot be fixed at all. It had been a time where I spent more energy than I could get back from the world around me. But as I told you, life is immensely surprising. And not only bad news come and go, also unexpected good news hit you from time to time :)

Particularly the news I am going to share you today will have a great influence on my life and also a bit on my work on 43rumors. That’s the reason why I choose to make it public. I will very soon become father for the very first time. The baby is “scheduled” to see the light of the world…guess when…January 1st! Of course you never know when that creature decides to jump out of the box :)

As we are pretty close to the event it could be that when this happens for a few days 43rumors will not be updated. If you see me not posting any news you should know that I have a good reason for it! And the first two weeks I will likely post less on this website. Could be that I skip the usual news-reviews coverage in favour of rumor posts only. And please don’t be upset if I don’t answer your mails or if your comments will take long time before they get approved! And expect me to double or triple the error rate in my already poor written English! :)

Thanks for your understanding!!!

P.S.: I am now going to the gynecologist with my wonderful girlfriend (and future wife). Will be offline for a few hours. And here are some more little news:
43rumors and Mirrorlessrumors design update:
A small design update on 43rumors is coming. And ipad and iphone versions are coming too.
Mirrorlessrumors will be completely redone and become a “vertical community” where to share stories and work and news around the mirrorless world (it will take 4-5 months to develop that).
Thinking on doing a personal blog:
As you know I decided to live somewhere in the middle of nowhere on the Pyrenees. I am thinking on doing a blog sharing some of my small experiences doing that life. I may do camera reviews by photographing cows and goats :)
Last week I presented you my project (article here). This is an easy search and notification service for eBay that soon will be expanded to Amazon too. I carefully discussed all your proposals and ideas with my programmers and most of them will be realized soon! Thanks for your help and keep using and testing it. I hope you will find it useful!

  • big congratulations, not to forget to take pictures :-) and thank you for you work…

  • alexander

    !!! Congratulation !!! :-)
    Es was mit Hand und Fuss & das auf Anhieb!
    Oly & pana-> take a look at it ;-)

  • Congratulations!!! First shot of the kid with a micro 4/3 is a must! :D

    • alexander

      good shot already happend… ;-)

  • uiti

    Kid with Nokton 25mm will be great!!

    • admin

      Yep, I have the Nokton ready in my “emergency” bag :)

  • Mopix

    That IS great news! It’s a shocker at first, so prepare, but it will open your eyes to the world in ways that you can’t imagine now. Best of luck.

  • Selwyn A.


    Just take your time, family is the most important thing in the world!! so don’t missed out you first time experience to become a FATHER!. your child and your wife is really really REALLY need u!! nothing better then wait beside your wife and look at your child at the first time, when i remember mine, it always makes me cry…

    once again CONGRATS bro!

  • Robin



  • Anonymous

    pics of girlfriend or this never happened :p


  • _katira_


  • Anonymous


    And… poor kid. Don’t be like most parents that merge Christmas and birthdays. Make sure your kid always has a special day with separate presents, and you’re not all so exhausted from the holidays that you kind of neglect the birthday. My mom is still bitter over her childhood because she was born in early January.

  • Congratulations :-] (me too!) a new addition to the mft family…

  • Tropical Yeti

    Congratulations on first rumors about your (comming to be) new family member. Is it FT5 ?
    Will he/she be weather resistant ? What about image stabiliser ?

  • quiquelbola

    Congratulations¡¡¡¡ ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations from me, too! :-)

    • jazzcrab

      Oh, sorry, I forgot to log in… That is me!

  • OMega

    Heartiest congratulations Admin, may the light shine forth and bring much happiness into your life and into your wife/partners life, wishing the baby the best of health when he/she enters into this world.

  • Congratulation ! You’ll see it is so good to be a father ! … I’m about having the GH3 and a very new lens from SLR Magic… Stay tune between two nappies ;)

    • admin

      Ready to link you ;)

  • HMR

    Congratulations Admin!! your life is about to change like you never imagined! You’re gonna need a bigger hard drive!!! Enjoy every minute, it goes by SO fast.

  • Congratulation ! Yes, it goes very very fast, enjoy your new life ! :o)

  • Andrey Yashin

    Congratulations! And try to sleep to sleep in store :-)

  • Bobafett

    Congratulations! I envy you for being able to witness one of the greatest wonders of life =)! I wünsche dir und deiner Familie alles Gute und viel Gesundheit!

    P.S. …und viel Spass beim Wickeln =)

    • admin


  • Fantastic news, Ale! Congratulations!!

  • ArKersaint

    Congrats ! This is the best FT5 rumour ever provided and I am strongly honored with this sharing… All the best to both of you.

  • Lift

    So, the baby will be French I presume ? Félicitations ! :D

    • admin

      Nope, born in Antwerpen! Will live in France and speak four languages. Flemish (mother), German (me),Italian (parents) and French. That’s going to be confusing at the beginning ;)

  • Congrats, hope you don’t like sleep much ;D I really like Slidoo btw, slick and useful. It’d be great if you could expand it further!

  • Horaciux


  • ObviousTroll

    XOXOXO, congratulations!

  • Duarte Bruno

    First I’d like to say I hope all goes well with the birth. It’s a tremendous joy but also hard work for which most of us aren’t prepared. Don’t worry though, you’ll find out that everything will fall into it’s proper places after a while. You can read a thousand books about child care but in the end it all comes down to very basic principles: common sense and balance.
    Don’t worry about your typos, we’re already used to it and it wouldn’t be the same without it. BTW you meant Life, not Live. ;)

    • admin

      ops…corrected :)

  • tomas

    congratulation …did you choose the name ?

    • admin

      Yep! For both, female and male as we don’t knwo what it is now :)

  • Esa Tuunanen

    Don’t worry about posting every news/review, almost all of those can be found easily when having list of interesting sites.
    Instead take care of the family.

  • Sven Delac


    Fantastic news, no doubt …better that anything I read here for the last couple of years :)

    All the best to your Baby, your future Wife and to You of course.

    Cheers from Zagreb, Croatia

  • Congratulations Admin. My first was also due on the 1st of Jan, but decided not to miss Christmas and arrived Dec 7th……keep your (camera ) bag handy.
    My only tip is not to be too prepared, because then it won’t be as amazing! I hope all goes well, and focus on the mother as well as the baby, as the post natal time is REALLY hard on Mums.

  • Tinta


    A child is more important than anything in life.

    I appreciate your work, you deserve a peaceful family life.

  • Bob B.

    Take a week off…enjoy life!!!

  • Richard

    Congratulations and shouldn´t this be a FT5? :-)

    • Bob B.

      Good one!!! (FT5 not confirmed until birth is official!) LOL!

  • Reader

    This is wonderful. Life is a miracle.

    Thank you for enriching all our lives with this site.

  • Félicitations pour cette heureuse nouvelle ! Beaucoup de bonheur à la famille !

  • Congratulations Admin.
    I must say I agree with the post by Anonymous and the keeping of a birthday that must not be part of Christmas.
    You will be very busy. If we find a lot of posts we will know you are hiding from some dirty tasks (I was an expert at failing to fold a nappy) therefore I hope we get some posts but not to many.

  • Carlos C


    I’ll become father for the 1st time too but in March, I think it’s a privilege that God send us, making life a beautiful thing to witness.

    Cheers from Portugal

  • Congrats!

  • Ulli

    I wish you all the energy needed to raise the little one, after that yuo will be ready for more! ;-)

  • KI

    So…. any rumors on who the father is? ;-)

    … Congratulations! Don’t feel bad letting us wait a bit for the updates – I guess your child (and the mother) will appreciate more of your time now. :-)

  • wikileaks


    My favorite W. C. Busch line for you:

    Vater werden ist nicht schwer,
    Vater sein hingegen sehr.

    Enjoy every moment of it!

  • fan_guo_lai_xiang_xiang

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

  • bart

    Shouldn’t this be an FT5???


  • HB

    Is this rumor FT5?
    Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

  • Max

    Congratulation from Venice!

  • Miroslav


    Well, in a few years time, you’ll have someone to work with you on rumors :D.

    Great news!

  • Charles

    just give me the news about E-P5 when/if and then care about the baby of course…hahaha just kidding

    I guess the child doesn’t even know what a good advantage it will have – it’s life documented from the very beginning with some amazing photographic gear…no iPhone shots like most of us ;-)

    heartily congratulations, the life has just began for you

  • antonio

    I figli sono la cosa più bella che possono esistere complimenti

  • kyle

    Big congrats.
    I’m a father of a 2 years old beautiful girl and you will see life in a new way for sure after the birth. Prepare to be proud and happy and astonish by your baby and a lot tired for few month …

    You will have big new responsabilities but it worth it, seeing your baby growing up is something unique and beautiful.

    Take some vitamin, have good rest, sleep when you can and enjoy life cause it pass too fast.

    Oh and invest in the best camera system you can, with extemely fast focus, very good iso, and light and small camera . Cause child move fast, don’t want to stop posing (at the begining) and when you travel you have enough weight taking with you already (you will see)
    . that’s why i had choose the OMD EM5 with PL25 1.4
    It is perfect for taking child pics in any circonstances. (home, walk, travel with your baby)

    Again, congrats to you and your wife.

  • Bronica

    Admin, I’m very happy for you!

    I am a double-father and know: Kids give your live a new meaning.

    Whatever was perfect in your live – it’s nothing compared to the happiness which you will have with your child. It’s a part of you – and it is wonderful.

    BTW: carrying a baby means, no big photo-equipment. So MFT ist perfect for you. My most used lens is the Oly 12mm. Your Nokton ist perfect for the sleeping baby. You probably won’t need this lens at night ;-)

    All the best! Greetings to your wive – I cross the fingers four your family!

  • R

    Congrats admin! Hope everything goes painlessly!

  • Stageshadow

    Best wishes from austria!
    And good look for your future family!

  • Bluebox

    Congratulations! It looks that you have your priorities right, good for you. Enjoy the ride and please please do forget about us for a while!

  • Michael Gerrard

    Congratulations! That’s the best ‘excuse’ to have a break from this site :-)

  • fishy

    wow, congratulations!

  • Lawrence

    Congrats! Mine is expecting soon too. First weeks of the new year that is. So I can understand how you are feeling right now.

  • Corbes

    Congratulations, either to become father and to come to live in France, my country ! Welcome to all three in my beautiful homeland.

    Ans sorry for my very bad written english (spoken is worse !)

  • Rolf Silber

    Congrats & good luck to your family!

  • Tao

    Congratulations. Thank you for your dedication… Take good care of your family. Enjoy life…

  • Gabriel

    Congratulations !!!
    All the best with your family, and don’t hesitate to take time for it.

  • Theo

    Van Harte gefeliciteerd, ook voor moeder de vrouw, neem je tijd.

  • eM

    I suggest to call him/her GF1. And don’t forget to make a full lineup.

  • Smoke

    That’s great news. Congratulations

  • Markus

    Hi Ale, rumors only is absolutely fine.

    Don’t make the same mistake as many busy people – you really should spend as much time as you can with your kid!
    I speak from my own experience – I also did change my life quite a bit in the last years and it’s absolutely necesssary and also worth it!

    Congratulations to both of you!

  • Hermann Behrens

    I wish you mush luck with your baby and thank you for the great work with this website! Greetings from Bremen, Germany

  • Eric V


  • Sunny

    I think it´s a little bit early for congratulations. But I send my best wishes for you and your girlfriend!

  • Rinaldo

    Fortunately not a rumor post :)
    Congrats admin.. you’re the man!

  • Welcome to the club ! Your vision of the world is changing ultra-faster for ever and the life has not means the same thing as before. It puts nearer to heaven… Good News man! Congratulations

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