Alik Griffin is a visual artist who graduated from UCSD with a bachelor of arts in film studies in 2005.
Since graduating he has worked as a videographer, cinematographer, editor, and compositor working until settling down as an on-and-off freelance and full-time game trailer editor.
Today Alik Griffin is married with two kids and travels back and forth between Japan and California for work while running this blog on the side.
Alikgriffin.com started as a demo reel page for editorial work that eventually shifted into a blog. In the early and mid-2000s even today knowledge about cameras, lenses, and memory cards is confusing and online communities are filled with misinformation, bias and often information that is simply wrong and it’s easy for photographers to be misled into buying something that might not be right their unique personal needs.
For example, there is this hard push by many photographers to switch to mirrorless, yet they rarely discuss the limitations of mirrorless cameras, like the focus technology sitting behind IR and UV filters.
AlikGriffin.com was formed as an information hub to get to the bottom of the technical details about cameras, lenses or even memory cards to really allow readers to understand what they are buying and to help give them confidence in purchasing decisions with facts from detailed experiments such as memory card benchmarks, lens lists, and accessories.
Memory Cards Tests
AlikGriffin.com was the first blog to benchmark every popular memory card in every popular camera. Even today this provides readers with details about how each card performed in a particular camera. Not all memory cards or cameras are the same and these tests proved to be very valuable for the community.
Lens reviews on AlikGriffin.com take a different approach than what’s common online. Not only are the technical characteristics of lenses looked at in detail, but also a lot of attention is placed on the art and character of the lenses. These reviews focus on one of the most overlooked attributes of lenses today, do the images look good, or are the lenses just sharp?
The third focus of this blog is on accessories. Cameras are cool gadgets and to many people, photography is a hobby. Having fun accessories that personalize cameras or lenses can really help make photography fun and keep shooters motivated.
Each camera is then looked at as a unique tool so that the best accessories can be recommended for that camera. For example, Sony screens tend to bubble up over time from all the micro impacts that happen throughout the life of the camera. With Sony mirrorless cameras, it’s often better to go with a thicker screen protector which will preserve the life of the camera.