Last night, I went outside and took some pictures of the lunar eclipse, and went about it entirely the wrong way. I didn't set up the tripod. Instead, I stood out in my back yard and pointed the camera at the sky and fired away, hand-held.
Sure, I got a couple of decent shots off at the beginning of the eclipse. But, in order to hold the camera still enough to get a reasonably sharp image of something almost 239,000 miles away, I had to crank the shutter speed up to 1/1000 of a second. At ISO 200 (my camera's lowest native ISO setting), that meant shooting wide open at 230mm -- a worst-case scenario for the inexpensive Fujifilm XC 50-230mm lens. Being lazy also cost me the ability to get any shots during the blood phase of this eclipse, and I'm going to be a really old phart before I can get another crack at this, assuming I'm still alive.
On the up-side, I continue to be blown away with the images I can make with my X-E1 in general, and with the XC 50-230mm lens in particular. Conventional wisdom around the interwebs is that you really can't do anything with this lens. Sure, it's not a fast lens. But for the price, it's impressively sharp. It's light, which makes it easy to hand-hold (especially important when shooting distant subjects -- and I think the moon qualifies as distant). I've already shown that you actually can shoot fast-moving subjects with it (click here to see everything I've written about this lens). And, it only costs $400.