Anthy 35, manual lens for enjoying photography

Testing the Anthy 35, a manual lens, review by Sergi Albir, Archerphoto, professional photographer in Valencia, Spain

With so many photographers in the world it is not uncommon for one to want to make a difference with others. The choice of lenses, like this Anthy 35 by Yasuhara, can be a very important question in terms of the style of photography that we achieve. This is not a very expensive lens. It is not a very spectacular lens: it is a lens with personality and that has an undeniable charm when it comes to working.

In the photographs that I have uploaded there are two categories, so to speak: those that have not been processed except with the watermark and others, in which there is only my signature and if they have had editing in aspects such as contrast, clarity, etc.

In this review of the Anthy 35 produced by Yasuhara Co., Ltd I will talk a bit about the technical aspects, I will show some photos taken with it and I will comment, above all, my personal impression, because the data, important as it is, does not tell the story, it does not describe the feeling. I’ve been using Canon’s RF mount version (of course it’s a full frame lens), but the versions for other mounts are pretty much identical as far as I know.

I was taking some photos with Laura Carreras ( @lady_pequis ) and other pics around the city, especially testing the lens in low light conditions.

Technical details

First of all: the aperture of this lens is 1.8. So we could say that it competes with Canon’s RF 35 1.8, with the difference that Canon’s is autofocus. It’s a great lens, much more expensive, but it doesn’t have the retro point of being forced to work manually all the time. I, who started taking photos with a Mamiya SLR many years ago, I love the fact that I have the ring with the opening in my hand. It is comfortable and practical (some new autofocus lenses are incorporating the ring again, as in the case of Fuji) and it is just as fast to work. However, it is not a choice: the camera has to be operated in manual mode or aperture priority, because it has no way of controlling the diaphragm as it does not have a built-in motor.

More stuff: minimum focus at 29cm, 408g weight, a lens with a 7-group nine-element design and a built-in lens hood.

Testing the Anthy 35, a current manual lens. Archerphoto, photographer in Valencia

Although the lens is generally superb, here comes the part I like least about this lens: it will never transmit aperture information to the camera. In the EXIF ​​data there will never be anything about which aperture we have used and not even the model or brand of the lens used.

Actually, it is easy for later models to incorporate a chip in which the information is transmitted to the camera, but for now, it is not.

Anthy 35: Exclusivity

One of the interesting things about this lens is actually its exclusivity. Without being an expensive piece at all, it has a very limited production and distribution (my copy is 444), so we will be able to boast of an interesting lens that almost no one has. This contributes a lot to our valuing the particularities it has as positive. For example, it is a lens that, at its maximum aperture, vignettes a lot: the corners are darker. But if we want to correct that aspect, both for video and for photography it is extremely simple. And it is also true that after 2.8, the problem ceases to exist. The deformation issue, however, is almost non-existent, much like 35 others you may have had on hand.

Anthy 35, testing a manual lens, by Archerphoto, photographer in Valencia

We have already talked about the aperture ring, but we have not said anything about the very solid metal construction, which transmits reliability, or the practical sunshade that it includes to reduce some flares in case we do not want them. But actually, we do. Each of the flares and details that this lens offers are what gives personality to a lens that is obviously not made for everyone. It is a lens for photographers who want to enjoy the manual experience, so many times when you have the lens in your hand you will look for those flares. If JJ Abrams does (damn his Star Wars movies be three times), so do you.

Testing the Anthy 35, a manual lens, review by Sergi Albir, Archerphoto

More details about the Anthy 35

Regarding the tone, I would say that it has a small tendency towards warm tones, but just as we were talking about the vignetting issue, if we need to correct that aspect, or the camera or Lightroom, to name a couple of possibilities, it can help us.

Testing the Anthy 35, a manual lens, review by Sergi Albir, Archerphoto, professional photographer in Valencia, Spain

A 35 1.8 allows photos such as Laura’s portrait drawing. ISO 6400 in a full frame like the R6, which has a stabilizer, and 1/30 speed, and you can take night photography without any additional light and with reasonable noise.

Lady_pequis. Testing the Anthy 35, a current manual lens, review by Sergi Albir, Archerphoto

This Anthy 35 is a lens with sufficient definition, a nice bokeh and a correct general performance. But, I insist, the aspect of exclusivity and own personality are enough to arouse the interest of photographers with a personal perception of photography. Here we see a photo in its conventional version and then cutting out the detail a bit. Here we are using the maximum aperture and there is a good definition. It improves, of course, especially in the corners, when we are closing the diaphragm.

As usually buying this lens can be less simple than others, it is best to request it, for example, at , which is how I got it.

Testing the Anthy 35, a current manual lens, review by Sergi Albir, Archerphoto

There are more reviews of manual lenses on my Spanish website. I am Sergi Albir, I am a professional photographer in Spain. My Instagram, in case you want to gossip, is @Archerphoto . Mainly in Valencia, but I also go to other places. If you have a problem and you find me, maybe you can hire me . Ok, yes, this is what they said in the intro of Team A, but hey, for Whatsapp, Signal and Telegram, the +34 644459753 works and if not, email to .

Dance photo session in Valencia with Cris and Fani

I’m afraid I have too ingrained the theme of dancing in the street. I don’t know exactly what the reason is, but it is. In this case, a dance photo session in Valencia with Cristina Ros and Estefanía Molina, two dancers who also work as teachers. They accepted the proposal and we took a few photos around the city center. Without going too far, we were going with a couple of suitcases, but we were able to work with a certain peace of mind.

Cristina Ros dancing in València. Pic by Archerphoto, professional photographer.
Cristina Ros dancing in València.

One of the inconveniences that I must correct is my lack of knowing the names of the ballet steps. You seem a lot more idiotic trying to ask for what you want to get, and if not, it is at the expense of the ideas of the dancers. But what I lack in knowledge, luck made up for it, because both Cris and Fani had quite a few ideas about what we could do. There is no way to work with prepared people. Fani is more in the line of contemporary and Cris has the focus mainly on classic, but both are versatile.

Fani Molina dancing in València, pic by Archerphoto, Sergi Albir, dance photographer in València
Fani Molina dancing in València.

So good, saving the problems we had, it is always appreciated the effort that both made and that is reflected, I hope, in the images we get.

Cristina Ros, pic by Archerphoto, professional dance photographer in Spain
Cristina Ros.

Gear for the dance photoshoot

On this occasion, for the dance photo session in Valencia with Cris and Fani, the equipment used was the EOS R6, a Canon 70-200 F4 L, a Canon 24-105 F4 L II and a 135 F2 L. take some manual optics with me, but despite everything, it didn’t seem like a good idea to give up autofocus, especially when moving, so all I brought were optics perfectly adapted to this system and that provided sufficient quality. The R6’s burst shooting is very practical, but in general, for these things, it is best to rely on each other’s ability. In that regard, I still have to work more with this camera to get the best results and, in addition, to be able to express a clear opinion.

Estefanía Molina, dancer, by Archerphoto. Dance photo session in Valencia
Estefanía Molina during her photography session.

I am Sergi Albir, a professional photographer in Valencia, Barcelona, ​​Madrid and many more places. If you need to contact me, you can send me an email to this, my mail,, or a message to +34 644459753, from Signal, Whatsapp or Telegram. What you like most. On Instagram you can find me as @Archerphoto .

You can read the Spanish version of this Dance photo session in Valencia post (including more pics) in



Photoshoot in Valencia with Leticia

Photoshoot in Valencia with Leticia

I want to show a bit of the photoshoot in Valencia with Leticia. There are days when everything goes well. And days that have not even started, go wrong and everything works out. Get up at four in the morning with one eye crying and think that you are going to get another stye the size of a duck egg (this happens to me from time to time and it does not seem to be serious, but it does show and drama), fix it and That later an interesting session like the one I did with Leticia Serrano comes out is the kind that makes me think that almost everything can be fixed.

Photo session in Valencia with Leticia by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain

As usual, Nadia Alba took care of the makeup and that is always a safety net. Sometimes I work without a professional makeup artist, but in general, that usually means fewer suitable photos. That is why I always try to have that factor, because in the end, what counts are the results.

In this case we combine a part of online fitness photography and the ther part was in a different point of view, more like boudoir . The light scheme was different, and in the fitness ones, obviously, the idea was to highlight the details of Leticia’s musculature, which is spectacular and the result of long and intense work: she does not compete in any category but remains in one category. similar line throughout the year. Best of all, despite not having much experience on camera, he quickly adapted to the issues necessary for the shoot. Returning to the light, it is not only the position, but the type of light used, which usually offers different results. Using tungsten is energy inefficient (these lights use a lot) but for some jobs it is almost essential.

Leticia understood the working method and that allowed us to get a good amount of material, which later had to be chosen. Actually, this is one of the parts where a session sometimes runs aground: if the choice is not appropriate, everything else can be hidden. Literally. But a relatively small part of the session is always processed.

So far the photoshoot in Valencia with Leticia. If you want to follow her, she is on Instagram as @sick0fhappiness and offers personal trainings in Albacete, but she has a limit in terms of the number of people she can take simultaneously, so hurry up to contact her. If what you need are photos, I am Sergi Albir and I am a professional photographer. My email is and my WhatsApp and Telegram are +34 644459753. On Instagram, @archerphoto and @archerphoto2 .

One thing more: you can read this post in Spanish: Sesión de fotos en València con Leticia.

Photo session in Valencia with Leticia by Sergi Albir, professional photographer

Photo shoot in València in 2020 with Mirela

We’ve had to wait until June for this photoshoot in València in 2020. As my posts remain online until I read them again, I will comment that until now we have been in alarm with certain restrictions due to COVID- 19. And we still have a few of them in force, but at least we can see, move and take photos. It is already an advance. In this case I did a session with Mirela and, as you can judge, the results were very good.

You can read this article in Spanish: Sesión de fotos en València en 2020 con Mirela. And you’ll find some additional pics there.

Mirela, portrait, photo shoot in València in 2020 by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain (2)

Working with Mirela was extremely easy even though it was my first time doing a session and she even confessed to me that she had been nervous the night before. In a few minutes it was launched and we were able to take photos in just over two hours. Usually everything costs a little more, but we were probably lucky with the location, the clothes and the inconveniences when it comes to choosing the material to process.

Mirela, photo shoot in València in 2020 by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain (2)

Where was this photo shoot done?

The setting for this photo shoot in València in 2020 was the Parc Central . It is not the closest green open space, but it is one which has captivated me so fast. Not only for its vegetation and design, but probably because it was a space that had been stolen from the city for many years. A huge park and close to the city center is something we missed a lot.

Mirela, photo shoot in València in 2020 by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain (3)

If you liked these photo shoot in València in 2020 and you think about taking a session, contacting me is very simple: just a message to +34 644459753 or better yet, an email to and I can send you a quote. Remember, yes, tell me where you write from, and keep in mind that if you are a minor, the authorization of your parents or legal guardians is absolutely essential for the session.

Mirela, photo shoot in València in 2020 by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain (2)

Soon I will be offering photography classes. If you want to follow me on Instagram, @archerphoto .

Another portrait session.

CLEC Fashion Festival in Valencia, 2020

CLEC Fashion Festival Miquel Suay 5

The city of València gets again an important fashion show: CLEC Fashion Festival. Some years ago, Valencia Fashion Week, a public-financed event, was cancelled due to budget cuts. With economic problems all around the spend in fashion seemed superficial and completely useless. As a matter of fact, it was conceived as a platform to help Valencian designers to try and sell their collections, but as a matter of fact, they just could show them. Sales were really insignificant, so it was condemned when the government changed of sign.

But this new show is completely privately funded (even when the spectacular venue where was celebrated is public, the Hemisfèric, in City of Arts and Sciences) and that may grant their progress. However, it’s just two days and an important part of the shown pieces were alredy shown. But it’s affordable, it’s interesting, it includes gastronomy and may help to improve the commercial side of local creators. All of this, of course, if coronavirus crisis doesn’t get everything completely stopped.

CLEC Fashion Festival 2020 desfile Montesinos

February 21st and 22nd 2020 were the days for this CLEC Fashion Festival who had some consolidated designers like Francis Montesinos or Miquel Suay, and other like Visori or Isabel Sanchís, really great but less known yet.

I let here some classified galleries of the most interesting catwalks. They may be different than you expect, but there was no straight path: the runway was completely circular.

Francis Montesinos

Miquel Suay

Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada


If you are interested in fashion, please, contact me with a mail to or Whatsapp to  +34 644459753 . Check my Instagram @archerphoto :)

4 reasons to visit Valencia

Umbracle, València, by Archerphoto

Spain has a lot of interesting cities, but perhaps you haven’t been yet to Valencia, a nice city with lots of interest based in culture, nature and food. With great weather. Take a look to some images. Here you have 4 reasons to visit Valencia.

4 reasons to visit Valencia, Palau de la Generalitat, by Archerphoto, professional photographer.

1. Food: You’ve read about paella. But you haven’t really tasted what it is. Lots of restaurants are claiming they know how to make it. When you arrive here you’ll discover it’s not what you thought, but much, much better. You’ll discover lots of other interesting foods, like horchata, fideuà or all i oli.

4 reasons to visit Valencia, paella de bogavante , by Archerphoto, pro photographer.

2. Architecture and culture. You’ve been watching some of the futuristic architecture of Valencia in some movies and TV, but we’ve got also impressive buildings like the Llotja de la Seda, best example of Gothic civil architecture and lots of Art Noveau, some Baroque, Rationalism, and some of the best gardens in Europe. And great museums.

4 reasons to visit Valencia, Saint Nicholas' Chapel, by Archerphoto, pro photographer.

3. Nightlife. The good weather invites people to go out. And you’re in a city with no slopes. You can take a walk any night, watch some places and have a drink wherever. Cool places and excellent restaurants. And there are also lot of affordable places if you’re not a gourmet.

Nightlife in València

4. People. We are fun, lovely and friendly. People will try to answer you if you speak English, French, Portuguese or Italian. If you speak other languages, well, they may try but, being honest, it’ll be better if you use some translation app in your mobile phone.

I hope you’ve liked this post with 4 reasons to visit Valencia. If you come here and need pics, please contact me. I can show you the place. Mail’s If you want to follow me in Instagram, @archerphoto.

Of course, València is no paradise. Just a nice place to visit. Perhaps another day I will write a text abouit negative aspects of the city :)

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, 4 reasons to visit Valencia

In the photographic studio with Patricia

In the photographic studio with Patricia, by Archerphoto, fashion photographer in Valencia, Alicante, Madrid and Barcelona

July can be a terrible month. The heat complicates everything. But with a little air conditioning, some patience and Elena’s good work on the brushes and costume styling we get very positive results. A session in the photo studio with Patricia, a very young model and, as you will see, beautiful, but who behaved with all the necessary professionalism.

You can read this article in Spanish: En el estudio fotográfico con Patricia.

In the photographic studio with Patricia, by Archerphoto, fashion photographer in Tarragona, Castellon, Albacete, Zaragozaand Valencia

Actually, this session has few details to tell. Everything was cordial and we were able to survive thanks to the air conditioning, because that day they had to do in Valencia about 42ºC or something, and although in the photographic studio I usually use LED light, between the computer, the three people, the sun giving the building and the lights, we could have all boiled up: makeup artist, model and photographer.

In the photographic studio with Patricia, by Archerphoto, fashion photographer in Valencia, Alicante, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia

As you can see, there were two different makeups during the photo shoot. Hence we were in the studio for a while, although I, for a long time, was just sitting and talking with them.

Close up of Patricia, by Archerphoto, commercial photographer in Spain

In the photographic studio with Patricia: good results and good time

Making photo shoots this quiet is appreciated. These months I have been doing more outside, in the sun, and although one tries to manage the forces, one does not get tired just like shooting in the studio. Even when I have to move lights, it is more comfortable.

In the photographic studio with Patricia, image by Archerphoto, commercial photography in Spain

Obviously, one of the purposes of the session in the photo studio with Patricia was to show Elena’s makeup well. Hence the selection of plans, but I must admit that I always end up processing something that seems particularly interesting to me. In this case, in addition, in black and white.

Patricia in a yellow dress, by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain

Whether you need a photo book because you are a model, as if you are a makeup artist and you need to show your work, I can help you. Also if you act, dance or are an athlete. My mail is and the Whatsapp and Telegram are at +34 644459753. If you want to follow me on Instagram, @archerphoto is my main account. If you want to follow Elena, the makeup artist, @, and Patricia, the model, @patrii_salvador.

Patricia in the studio, picture by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Valencia, Spain

The Art of Paloma. Interview and photos.

The Art of Paloma by Archerphoto, photographer in Valencia

*You can read this article in Spanish in my other web. Entrevista y fotos a The Art of Paloma.

The growing weight of Instagram is undeniable. Navigating the culture of the image, one finds many people who in one way or another dedicate their efforts to this network. Not everyone has the same talent, ability or resilience to achieve results, so there are especially interesting cases. One of the accounts that came to my attention was Paloma García Cuanda, The Art of Paloma, so it seemed like a good idea to contact her for a while.

My idea was basically to talk and take a picture, but we turned the interview into a photo shoot. I asked her a few things and then I had to supplement that questions by phone, because, well, the photographs ate the interview.

The Art of Paloma by Archerphoto, photographer Valencia

The origins of The Art of Paloma

The Art of Paloma is not an Instagram account that appears suddenly because a 15-year-old girl discovers that she can get attention with the photos of the ice cream she eats. Paloma was experimenting quite a long time ago, in an old application called Fotolog and that was a kind of Instagram precursor. The concept was similar, but since mobile technology was not as advanced as it is today, the web was weakened and forgotten. “I started there,” says Paloma. «It was a platform where you uploaded a photo a day and there also began bloggers who later became known as Lovely Pepa or Gala González. It’s what was fashionable then

Paloma forgot a little Fotolog, and years later, she made a first attempt at Blogger where she began to release more elaborate content. «I read in a magazine that they talked about a blogger who I remembered from Fotolog. And she talked about her blog. I got in, saw it, and thought about riding one. I created a very fond one and after a while, they called me from a communication agency and offered me a professional blog and a five-year contract.

The Art of Paloma by Archerphoto, professional photographer Valencia

Sincerity above all

“Working in consulting” explains Paloma, who studied Business Administration and Law, “I have little time, because you have more responsibilities, and it is difficult to make posts, so the blog is a bit uncared. It’s also because with Instagram, which is what really generates the most engagement, for many brands it is enough. I like to write on the blog and it is another tool. I do not want to abandon it at all and if one day, I can,  under the rhythm of work I would like to retake it, but the last post I published it a few months ago. I feel sorry because I have photos, lots of information about restaurants, hotels, there is a lot of material … ».

One of the amazing things about Paloma is that, despite being a person with a profile dedicated to the image, it does not convey at any time the sense of superficiality that one might expect. If you have to recognize that something does not come, it does. A very transparent, almost crystalline self-criticism ability.

The Art of Paloma by Archerphoto, photographer in Valencia, Alicante and Madrid

Paloma currently has just over 172,000 followers, a more than remarkable figure. It has an important interaction with its followers, a reasonable publication rate and a very careful quality in all its contents, both in the selection of styles and in the aspect of photography.

«The Art of Paloma has more than 172,000 followers»

“It is very complicated” also explains “that a person manages an entire brand. Above all, it’s complicated to differentiate yourself from the rest and find that particular aspect that distinguishes you from others. It is very easy to copy others, to do what everyone does (although you are also inspired by what others do), but to find that part of you that likes and triumphs ». The work carried out is often difficult to detect, but the impression of authenticity and consistency that it transmits requires, paradoxically, a lot of work.

The Art of Paloma by Archerphoto, photographer Valencia, Alicante, Altea, Xàbia

Caring for the audience

One of the curiosities that Paloma tells us about her Instagram is that, despite being fashionable, the percentage of male followers is significantly higher than the female. «It probably has to do with photos.That’s why I try to keep my balance by putting more fashion or travel photos, than bikini photos for example ».

“The main thing when you start a blog,” he explains, “is to think of a target, a target audience and see what qualities you have to reach those people. In my case, I offer lifestyle, travel, fashion, I try to ensure that the photographs are taken care of – with professional photographers – and of quality … ». When we comment on this, he confesses that he is working to improve engagement and answering all comments and messages. This extreme, that of caring for followers, is particularly laborious, but essential for maintaining a good fan base.They are people and it is important that they feel valued. “You have to take care of the audience, answer them and see them as someone close,”she says.

«I care very much about my photographs and I work with professional photographers»

We had a lot of this conversation more informally while we were taking the photos. It is true that, in personal treatment, she is much closer than one would expect, and it is that gap between the photo and its real character that wants to close.

The future outlook for Paloma, in the short term, continues on Instagram. It is clear that the increasingly clear trend is video. «More and more real things, more spontaneous, than what is now on Instagram, where things are more artificial».

My name is Sergi Albir. I am a professional photographer in Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona and more places. If you need me, whistle. Well, and if you see that that does not work, you better send me an email to or a Whatsapp, or Telegram, at +34 644459753. If you want more information about photos on Instagram, I also have posts on this website.

Walks of a photographer in Ruzafa, Valencia

Photographers in Valencia have an interesting city to attack. It’s not Chicago, it’s not Rome, it’s not Berlin, but it has a number of interesting places. Actually, enough. I usually walk very often by Ruzafa (Russafa in Valencian) and around the Ensanche. Although there are many people who do not distinguish them, they are quite different. Ruzafa was a not integrated village in the city until 1877, and that had its own structure of streets of Arab origin. Nowadays it’s adapted to urban planning, but it happened over the years. Its blocks are not regular and it is not conceived, like the Ensanche, as an expansion of the city on previously there were orchards. A photographer in Ruzafa can have a great time.

You can read this article in Spanish.

The expansions, copied from the planning that takes place in Chicago, arrive in Valencia through the Barcelona reference, but on a smaller scale. Goerlich, the municipal architect, will be responsible for the city’s expansion, which, once the walls were demolished, was totally unavoidable.

Walks of a photographer in Ruzafa, Valencia

A part of the Ensanche within Ruzafa

The checkerboard structure of the expansion, which had in the initial plans, with large interior spaces with gardens and a city really conceived to be enjoyed, was divided with a diagonal avenue. The internal spaces to each block are now blocked with the construction of buildings that break the original space and very often the aforementioned interior spaces are  parkings.  Permits were even granted to build more heights than originally thought. All in all, the Ensanche neighborhood (or Eixample) is one of the most interesting in architectural terms.

Ruzafa, on the other hand, is a more charismatic neighborhood and, after a few years in which it was experiencing a certain degradation, it was time for its gentrification. Now it suffers a certain saturation as a leisure area. Its value, which was already on the rise, is propelled because the biggest shortage that it had, which was the total absence of green areas, is compensated nowadays by the commissioning of the Central Park , a project that recovers contaminated lands occupied industrially by RENFE much longer than necessary. Good news, of course, for a photographer for Ruzafa.

Ruzafa lives with a certain schizophrenia its evolution. On the one hand new shops and leisure establishments are installed, while trying to resist some traditional shops. In the middle of everything, some other companies pass. A constant flow.

commercial transition in Ruzafa


Leisure areas and Ruzafa

The problem of leisure areas is common in Valencia: the good weather and the habits of the people make them often stay on the street, next to the entertainment venues, during the night, generating a quantity of noise and discomfort that has changed by different areas of the city, which are being classified as Acoustically Saturated Areas.

In any case, the administrative division of the City Council contributes to the confusion between Ruzafa and Ensanche. The district is named Ensanche, but includes Ruzafa, Pla del Remei and Gran Vía. Ruzafa, in turn, includes a part of the Ensanche (of what would be the checkerboard structure) but not the other. The historical reason is that, in 1811, the town of Ruzafa included those territories. When the urbanization operation was carried out, it was more practical to attend to criteria of efficiency than not to think about who each land belonged to.

I’m Sergi Albir, I’m a professional photographer. If you want to contact me for photo sessions you can send me a Whatsapp to +34 644459753 or an email to

Some more images taken by this photographer in Ruzafa.

Sornells Street, by Archerphoto, photographer in Ruzafa, Valencia, Spain


Ruzafa Market, by Archerphoto, photographer in Ruzafa, Valencia


A bike, by Archerphoto, photographer in Ruzafa

Another post about Valencia.