Quote Originally Posted by viridari View Post
I was printing at 5x7, no multigrade filter (don't own the set yet).
I'll have to check my enlarger but 5x7 with no filters might just get you down into the low single digits. I feel your pain. I was surprised about how bright my enlarger was as well. Enlarger lenses can actually accept screw on filters. Depending on the configuration of your Beseler 23 C you may have an upper filter drawer where you can put a ND filter as well and leave the lower filter holder for contrast filters. I guess if you want to have a bulb that is bright enough to make large enlargements at reasonable times you have to accept that it will be ridiculously bright for smaller enlargements.