I think I can hear my neighbor Jon snickering. He's not a fan of Sony cameras, but this has been a great little camera up till now. It has interchangeable lenses, a compact mirrorless design, a big sensor, viewfinder, it shoots in RAW, and takes great photos. But I admit that none of this matters if it doesn't want to play with its own lens.
I'm still weighing my options, but I think I'll take it with its 55-210 lens (which apparently it has no quarrel with), and a tiny Sony RX100-II that will give me the focal length of the NEX lens that went bad. Two cameras? Yes, because now Sony can't be trusted. Jon, I should have listened!