Optical limiting in a solution of tetrabenzporphyrin (TBP) dissolved in tetrahydrofuran (THF) was measured in an f/5 optical focusing arrangement using 532 nm wavelength laser light with a 9 ns pulse duration. The performance of this solution was compared to a variety of other materials. In order to better understand the nonlinear behavior of this material, apertured and unapertured Z-scans were performed. From these measurements it was determined that the excited-state cross section and its ratio to ground-state cross section were large. The nonlinear refraction of this material is made up of contributions from thermal density change and population redistribution. Limiter performance was modeled in an f/64 limiter. The limiter behavior of a slightly modified compound and an additional solvent were measured.