We have used deep optical, near-IR, and IR observations from VLT, Spitzer, Herschel, and LABOCA in strong lensing clusters to study distant galaxies. In searches for optical-dropout galaxies (i.e. for z ≳ 7 candidates) we have found several galaxies with very unusual SEDs characterised by a strong spectral break, presumably indicative of high-z, although the objects are detected even in the Herschel bands between 160 and 500 μm and at 870 μm. The latter indicates, from simple estimates of the bolometric luminosity and from the IR SED, that these ob jects are most likely at z ~ 2–2.5.
The resulting SEDs imply very high IR/UV ratios, indicative of very large attenuation. Despite this, the large spectral break observed between the optical and near-IR data is difficult to understand with currently know spectral templates from galaxies, EROs, SMGs, and others, both empirical and theoretical ones.