This image was shot using the very special Canon MP-E 65mm Macro lens which can magnify objects up to 5X size relative to the cameras sensor. It was mounted to a Canon 5D MKIII which in turn was mounted onto a Really Right Stuff B150-B Macro rail , the whole setup was atop a Really Right Stuff BH-40 on my trusty carbon fiber Really Right Stuff TVC-24L tripod legs.
Now I also own the Canon 100mm IS macro but that only goes to 1X magnification which would have shown the whole crystal. I wanted to get in even closer and there really is no other lens like this one in that regard. Even stacking extension tubes on the 100mm macro will only get you to about 3X magnification so 5X is unpresedented and to my knowledge nobody but Canon makes a lens like this. It is a lot of fun when you get it right! But fair warning….. it’s also one of the hardest lenses to use. A macro rail such as the B-150 is an absolute must because it has no focus ring on the lens, you can only focus by moving the lens which in this case is done by rotating the dial on the macro rail