Photoshop: Smart objects - Cropping in ACR "Paste in Place"?

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I have a photoshop document with several layers, all different smart
objects created from .NEF files but all the same dimensions. If I open one of these layers in ACR and crop in to a small portion of that canvas size no matter where it lies within the frame it is by default placed within the centre of the existing Photoshop document. I'm hoping to have it "Paste in Place" where it should lie within those initial dimensions.

So esentially treating the crop as a "smart mask" and retaining that existing canvas information (which remains stored in the smart object) and "paste in place" the crop.

As an example, if i cropped an area selected from the top left corner. It remains in that exact location once the crop is ok'd.

The issue/reason for this is I am wanting to dynamically rotate masked areas of smart objects zoomed right in on elements. Without first cropping the smart object I have no anchor points to work with and am forced to zoom back out to the PSD /Smart Object canvas boundry, making it difficult to judge my rotations (which also isnt realtime and lags heavily due to the size and detail of the canvas).
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