be mindful of the head you're using for your rig... it's an often overlooked aspect of a tripod.
Welcome back Chris... its good to see you here again!
A few random comments:
Walmart carries focusing cloths - they call them 'hoodies' - My wife got me one of the expensive ones from viewcamerastore.com and they are very nice too.
I prefer a changing tent to a bag for 4x5. It really helps to have the room to move your hands around inside the tent.
I've developed many different ways for 4x5. I now use a Jobo, but was quite happy with hangers for a long time. I went through a phase with BTZS tubes, and those work too. One nice thing about BTZS and HC-110, is that you can adjust contrast with dilution, which allows you to customize development on a sheet by sheet basis, even while processing 6 sheets at a time. I never bonded with tray development of negatives.
A sincere welcome back Chris, it's hard to know what to say I'm so sorry about your loss but hope your photography will help you to overcome your grief to some extent, and that of the rest of your loved ones will help to support each other to overcome yours and theirs.
Hey! Hey! Hey! Hear! Hear! Hear! Welcome back Chris and all the best!
Sorry to hear of your loss. Like yourself I've gone through two losses recently. As well my photo stuff did take a back seat for a few years. I started getting things ramped up about 6 mon6ths ago. In that process I realized that I had way to much gear, and would like to find a deserving home for it. All of my 35mm gear (cameras, lens, accessories) are Nikon. If your interested I could send you a list of what I'd like to liquidate.
In the meanwhile life goes on, take care of yourself.
Oh, and get a ground glass protector that slides over the ground glass. That will protect the ground glass from breaking while transporting. The view camera store has those as well. The ones made for the Canham wood 4x5 work well for any 4x5.
If you don't already have them for your lens(es) you will need lens boards. You didn't mention if you are getting a monorail/field camera/press camera but depending on what you plan on shooting and if you want to do any location shooting you will need to figure out your carrying bag strategy (hard case, soft case, backpack, rolling toolbag, etc). You will also want lens wraps to protect your lenses mounted on lens boards for traveling (if traveling with multiple lenses). You can find good deals on lens boards and lens wraps at KEH.com. Some people have used soft sided bags made for fly fishing reels to transport lenses on lens boards.
The BTZS brand focusing clothes available from the viewcamerastore.com are really nice because they have elastic that allows them to snuggly git over the rear standard and they work much better in wind than a traditional flat focusing cloth.
Welcome to the world of 4x5 !
May the shutter always be with you Welcome back Chris.
Will take that under advisement, Jerevan. Thank you for the recommendation.