Leica M 246 Monochrom Jim Marshall: a special edition

Jim Marshall made his name making images of rock stars, and in the process became one himself – at least to those who follow photography. The Leica M 246 Jim Marshall Edition Camera honors that legacy.

If you’re a Leica camera fan, then you’re bound to understand the mentality behind the new Leica M Monochrom Limited Edition Jim Marshall Set. Certain Leicas, such as the Leica M6, had black paint on them. And as time went on, the paint wore away as the camera got more and more use. This was and always has been a badge of honor for various photographers as it means that they’ve been shooting with their Leica for a really long time. So with the new Leica M Monochrom Limited Edition Jim Marshall Set, the paint seems to be inspired by this little fact of a Leica photographers’ life.

The Leica M 246 Jim Marshall Edition Monochrom Camera is a celebration of iconic photographer, Jim Marshall, and his long held affiliation with the Leica brand throughout his illustrious career, taking some truly legendary pictures including his extraordinary jazz photography from the 1960s. He was also the chief photographer at the Woodstock Festival, famous for immortalizing the iconic moment when Jimi Hendricks set his guitar ablaze. Marshall was known for always having at least one Leica camera on him wherever he was. Marshall’s unprecedented access to the inner world of the music industry allowed him to frame the shapers of our popular culture in their native state and redefine not only his subjects but the entire way rock & roll were being portrayed.

The exclusive set includes a Monochrom Typ 246 camera, decked out with matte “Laiton” brass components and paired with a matching Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 lens. Also in the box are a brown leather strap similar to the one Marshall used with his Leica M4, an archival print of “Thelonious Monk At Monterey Jazz Festival 1964”, and a copy of Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival, both of the latter numbered and signed by his estate.

Leica plans to release just 50 of these limited-edition cameras worldwide at $12,950 a piece.