Vanguard Alta Sky 51D backpack review

The Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is a 3-in-1 photo backpack that’s very versatile, suited to multiple cameras and drones

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D
(Image: © Vanguard)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Alta Sky 51D gives the option of stowing two camera kits, both with their own access points. It also features a Y-shaped front section and both this and the top compartment are ideal for large and small drones respectively. All in all, it’s a sizeable backpack that’s ideal for packing a wide range of camera kit.


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    Multiple access points

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    Strong, durable construction

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    The range features five sizes


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    Fairly heavy

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    Waist strap is chunky and not removable

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The Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is the second smallest of five different sizes in the Alta Sky range of backpack. Even so, it’s quite voluminous and measures up to the adage ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’, with a plethora of different compartments and pockets.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.