Just announced: Leica M Monochrom “Jim Marshall Set” limited edition camera

Leica Camera introduced a new Leica M Monochrom "Jim Marshall Set" limited edition camera. There will be only 50 “Jim Marshall Sets” made available worldwide. The set includes:

  • Brass Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) camera in a special “Laiton” finish, topped with an engraving of Jim Marshall’s signature on the top plate
  • Matching brass Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens
  • Jim Marshall Limited Edition Estate print of “Thelonious Monk at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1964”
  • Special, numbered edition and estate embossed copy of the book Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival

The Leica M Monochrom Jim Marshall Set will be available mid-June at Leica Stores and Boutiques. The price is $12,950 (pre-order now at Leica Store Miami and Leica Store San Francisco). Update: this limited edition will be released only in the US.

During the extraordinary rise of popular culture and counterculture in the 1960s, Marshall became a staple of the music industry, capturing photos of icons including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Brian Jones, Johnny Cash, and many more. Over the course of his life, Marshall acquired 20 different Leica M bodies, with Leicavit winders modified to fit, alongside over 30 Leica lenses. Every iconic photograph Marshall took was captured with a Leica camera.

In addition to the camera set, Leica Camera will also exhibit a selection of prints from Jim Marshall’s Jazz Festival series, chronicling the jazz festivals at Newport and Monterey during the 1960s, at Leica Gallery Los Angeles. Bruce Talamon, close friend and former official Monterey Jazz Festival photographer will also attend the premiere on June 15th to share stories of Jim’s career and his impact on music photography. The exhibit will run from June 15th through July 31st.

Press release and additional pictures:

Leica Camera and the Jim Marshall Foundation Present a Leica M Monochrom Limited Edition Jim Marshall Set


Leica Camera and the Jim Marshall Estate are proud to offer a limited edition set of the LEICA M Monochrom “Jim Marshall Set” with LEICA SUMMILUX-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH to celebrate Jim’s legacy and his life-long relationship with Leica Camera. This edition is limited to 50 sets and will be sold worldwide exclusively through Leica Stores and Boutiques.

The numbered and Jim Marshall autographed LEICA M Monochrom (Type 246) and LEICA SUMMILUX-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH are made of brass components with a very special “Laiton” finish which provides a unique matt finish and a one of a kind appearance for each set. Another distinctive
component of the set is the lens. This lens, while modern in its optical design, has the classic knurled focus ring and round lens hood reminiscent of the 1960’s. Both are made of brass with the “Laiton” finish.

The set also includes a Jim Marshall Limited Edition Estate print of Thelonious Monk at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1964 and a special, numbered edition and estate embossed copy of the Jim Marshall:

Jazz Festival published by Reel Art Press.

During the extraordinary rise of popular culture and the counterculture in the 1960”s, Jim Marshall seemed to be everywhere that mattered. His images of the Monterey Pop Festival chronicling the breakout performances of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding are woven into the lore of the era. Jim shot more than 500 album covers. His photographs are in private and museum collections around the world. To learn more about Jim Marshall, visit www.jimmarshallphotographyllc.com.

We invite you to the Leica Gallery LA to view Jim Marshall's JAZZ FESTIVAL exhibition at the Leica Gallery LA, on view June 15th through July 31.

Join us on June 15th at the Leica Gallery LA from 5PM-6PM for a guest lecture and book signing with Amelia Davis, owner of Jim Marshall's archive of photography, followed by the opening reception of Jim Marshall's JAZZ FESTIVAL exhibition.

RSVP for the lecture and book signing here.
RSVP for the opening reception here.

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  • eric

    I can’t wait for the next M monochrom to come out. Any rumors about that?

    • Same here. No rumors yet, but if Leica keeps their previous schedule, it should come out next year. I hope they can bring down the base ISO.

      • eric

        I bet they bring down the base iso and also develop a new sensor for it, like they’ve done with the SL, Q, and newest M. maybe they’ll add autofocus too to test it out for the next M update.

        • TomV

          There will never be an autofocus M. The majority of M purchasers are “M enthusiasts” and are for the most part vehemently against autofocus. Like this article, its marketed for people who value cutesy little limited releases and things with future collectability. There are people like me who own M lenses and Visoflex systems, that would be open to an L mount M-like body (no optical VF, but corner mounted SL’ish EVF) that could adapt manual M lenses or make use of newer L glass, but it would be released as a new system with distinct marketing. Personally I find the pre-brassed finish on this limited release disgusting.

          • there will not be an autofocus M, but they can release an AF adapter for M lenses, just like the one for Sony cameras:

            it should not be complicated to do

          • eric

            never say never. nobody thought they could make a digital M back at the beginning. I think Leica is more than willing to experiment. I like manual but I’m in the minority as a young person, and I don’t see old “M-enthusiasts” living forever, so something has to change eventually.

          • I agree to “never say never” but from a company perspective, it would destroy the value of leica and hurt the loyal users. If they came out with a AF M body with AF M mount lens- same size as the M lens. Think about what will happen to all the Summilux, Noctilux, APOs etc. price and the whole Ecosystem. That is already a problem with Canon/Nikon since young users prefer their iPhones and Apple is catching up with the Sensor game with Image Quality. It’s getting PRETTTYYY good. There are now more and more Phone shooters that has replaced the Point and Shoot market. I honestly, wish Apple would buy out Leica lol.

          • eric

            Maybe, another possibility is they’ll make a 35mm or 50mm Q which would be an M alternative. I see younger people using the Q a lot. Wifi transfer is the key to that market. I just bought a new 50 lux recently but I’m more interested in the photos it produces than the resell value of the lens. I guess it would be bad for people who like to resell stuff. I don’t like the Iphone Sensor at all, I won’t even use it on my phone, its not good enough in my opinion. Apple probably won’t buy Leica but Jonny Ive did make a special red M awhile back, so never know. How’s your M10?

        • Never on a M it would devalue all the M mount lens and SL line up. If you honestly want AF get the SL. The M is beautiful instrument for an artist that requires a lot of appreciation to be AF. 🙂

          • eric

            im not really asking for AF i was just expressing what i think may happen. i dont think it would devalue m lenses at all if you kept a manual version or like Peter suggested, create an AF adapter similar to Sony. i would love to believe there are tons of young people who will drop 10k on a manual leica and lens but i just don’t see it. the world is changing and at some point so must leica.

          • see my other comment, M should remain manual, but they can offer AF adapter for M lenses

          • Oh, I was only under the impression that Eric is suggesting the M camera needs to be AF with AF lens. If it was just an adapter that is fine it wouldnt hurt any line up or the market. However, it does ruin the point of a Range Finder experience.

          • Oh yea, M with built-in AF won’t happen.

      • abortabort

        They should be able to as the base sensor has ISO 100 in the M10, rather than 200 in the 240 and 160 in the M9. Base ISO will likely be 200 on a M10 based monochrom.

  • Alan

    I’ve only been following Leica for a couple years now, but damn they release a new special edition on what seems to be a monthly basis! Do people really keep buying these? That one with the red ping pong paddle rubber was the worst!

    • They sell them out pretty much every time, with a few exceptions (M60). I noticed that with the last few editions, the pricing is actually not bad at all. If I remember correctly the Safari edition was even a better deal than buying the camera and the lens separately.

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