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Want to photograph rockstars? This $13K camera will let you

Leica releases a new special-edition camera as a tribute to late rock-n-roll photographer Jim Marshall.

The Jim Marshall Edition Leica M Monochrom camera looks brilliant with its brass finish.

Leica has been making its rangefinder M cameras for 53 years. On Thursday, the company released a new special-edition M Monochrom rangefinder named after late rock 'n' roll photographer Jim Marshall.

The Leica M 246 Jim Marshall Edition Leica M Monochrom shoots black-and-white photos and comes with a 50mm f1.4 ASPH lens. Both the camera and lens are finished in brass with Jim Marshall's signature on the camera's top plate. There will only be 50 models of the Marshall Edition available, each at the cost of $12,950 (about £10,050 and AU$17,400).

Who is Jim Marshall you might ask? If the name doesn't ring a bell, his photos certainly will. He's photographed The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash and Miles Davis, among many others. Marshall died in 2010, but his work and influence are still respected today.

Here's everything you get with the Leica M 246 Jim Marshall Edition:

  • Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) in brass
  • Summilux-M 50mm f1.4 ASPH brass lens
  • Brass lens hood
  • Brown leather strap
  • Jim Marshall Limited Edition Estate print of "Thelonious Monk at Monterey Jazz Festival 1964'
  • "Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival" book with a special dust jacket

Once you have your Marshall Edition Leica, all you need to do is find some rockstars to photograph.