Lightroom: Unexpected behaviour of arrow keys in crop mode if rotation angle was applied

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In crop mode, the up/down/left/right arrow keys behave unexpectedly when a rotation angle was set before.

Expected behaviour: The up/down/left/right arrow keys move the canvas up/down/left/right.

Actual behaviour: The keys move the canvas along the rotation angle (or perpendicularly to it, respectively), i.e. along the original borders of the whole image.

Rationale why this is unexpected to me: The purpose of the arrow keys supposedly is to tune or fine-tune (with Alt key) the position of the canvas in the frame. In that stage, an image rotation was already applied, so straight lines in the image are already parallel or perpendicular to the frame borders (in a conventional composition, e.g. the horizon). It makes more sense to move the canvas in the direction of (or perpendicular to) the straight lines in the already-rotated image rather along the original borders of the whole (unrotated) image. Furthermore, IMHO the arrow keys should be equivalent to dragging the canvas using the mouse cursor: E.g. dragging it straight (!) to the left should be equivalent to hitting the left arrow key a couple of times.

Applies to LR 3.6 and LR 4.1 RC (64 Bit, Windows 7).
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Additional remark: Take a look at the new crop tool in Photoshop CS6 that is now very similar to LR: It works like I described for the expected behaviour, i.e. the canvas always moves horizontally or vertically when using the arrow keys, even if rotated.