The vintage look, which I've written about before here, can be quite elusive. Sometimes even the classic lenses with a traditional film, a yellow filter and appropriate processing still deliver an image that looks distinctly modern.
Then you get a shot like this taken with TMax 400 and a 35mm f2 AF-D lens on the Nikon F100 - all "modern" equipment/materials - and end up with something that I think has the olde world air about it. Strange.
I took it to finish the roll when I was on my way home the other day. I'm a sucker for wet fields, reflections and heavy skies. The wrapped bales looked a bit sad amongst the gloom - and the cows didn't look much happier, to be honest. Not quite as miserable as in the shot below I took about 20 years ago, mind you.
But back to the new pic. I think it shows that subject matter and lighting have probably the greatest say in the particular look of a photograph, whether it has the vintage vibe or not.
If you like that look then that's both good and bad. Good in that you can get it with any equipment but bad in so far as you have to wait for the right subject matter and weather and that's much harder than splashing the cash on an old Sonnar or whatever takes your fancy.