I started with a 4"x5" Pacemaker Speed Graphic because it can be used hand held, has limited movements when using it as a field camera, and can be resold or traded without much if any loss. I was so happy with it that I later go a 4"x5" Graflex Model D. Both can be used with barrel lenses [sans shutter]. Consider starting with a press camera.
After trying tray development and then a series of daylight 4'x5" tanks in an increasing price order, I found that, in spite of the costs, getting a Jobo processor and the Jobo 3010 Expert Tank was well worth the expense. Now I can develop both color and black & white 35mm, 120 and 4"x5" film with very little effort and a highly repeatable quality.